Then the couple walking together got closer – and their identities were revealed.
“Is that Jacinda?” exclaimed one. “It’s Jacinda!”
It was the Prime Minister in a long yellow coat, and her partner Clarke Gayford.
“Aunt Cindy,” the woman shouted as the couple burst into laughter.
Video of the observation was sent to TikTok by ally_kat93, where it has now received over 886,000 views and 147,000 likes.
“OMG I love this. You did better than me, I would have jumped out of the car with excitement and the safety uncles would have gotten me,” commented one person.
“You know you’re not in Australia when you’re happy to see your PM,” said another.