AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 22:  Barack Obama attends a powhiri at Government House on March 22, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the former US president's first visit to New Zealand, where he will be giving a a series of talks. Obama will also meet New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and former PM John Key during his visit.  (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Watch Obama's official welcome in New Zealand
01:18 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Former President Barack Obama got up close and personal with some native New Zealanders.

During a three-day visit to New Zealand, Obama was given a traditional Maori tribal welcome Friday. He was gifted with a whale tooth pendant and was honored with a hongi – a greeting in which two people press their noses and foreheads together.

Barack Obama receives a Maori hongi during an event on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Obama met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to discuss leadership, climate change and how social media impacts politics, Arden told reporters.

He also held a public speaking event for an audience of about 800 and spent time playing golf with former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir John Key, The New Zealand Herald reported.

He isn’t the first high-profile visitor to take part in the tradition. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have done it in the past.