FBI director James Comey lands in Queenstown ahead of top-secret meeting (Video)
FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown ahead of a top-secret meeting said to involve numerous international spy agencies.
A large number of men and women were spotted stepping off a private jet which landed at Queenstown airport on Sunday morning.
The jet was followed by a Gulfstream Aerospace, with a registration number associated with the CIA, the NZ Herald reported.
The distinctively tall Comey stepped off the second plane and into an awaiting security vehicle.
It is believed the meeting is associated with the Five Eyes spy alliance, comprising the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Prime Minister Bill English told Radio New Zealand on Monday the meeting was one of the alliance's regular meetings and would cover combating terrorism.
CIA director Mike Pompeo was also believed to be attending the conference.
Comey entered the international spotlight last year when, a week before the US presidential election, he announced the FBI had obtained new information relating to an investigation into then front-runner Hillary Clinton.
It was widely seen as a decision which may have tipped the election in Donald Trump's favour.
The New York Times on Saturday (US time) reported at length on Comey's influence on the election.