HERE is the story of the 2018 Auckland Darts Masters told in pictures from The Trusts Arena.

Photos courtesy of Raghavan Venugopal/Photosport.

Day One

Auckland Darts Masters crowd (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Passionate New Zealand darts fans flocked to the Auckland spectacle.

Simon Whitlock, Ben Robb (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Simon Whitlock survived a scare to see off Corey Cadby's late replacement Ben Robb 6-5.

Mark McGrath (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Mark McGrath savours the moment with the Kiwi crowd after his shock 6-4 win over Michael Smith.

Haupai Puha, Kyle Anderson (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Haupai Puha and Kyle Anderson were in generous mood after their entertaining clash.

Peter Wright (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Peter Wright marked the occasion by painting two kiwis on the side of his head.

Tahuna Irwin, Peter Wright (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Kiwi youngster Tahuna Irwin shares a joke with Wright ahead of their match.

Michael van Gerwen, Cody Harris (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen creeps up on Cody Harris after his 6-2 win over the New Zealand ace.

Day Two

Simon Whitlock (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Simon Whitlock was delighted with his 10-7 win over Rob Cross.

Raymond van Barneveld, Mark McGrath (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Raymond van Barneveld consoles Mark McGrath after his quarter-final win.

Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson share a laugh after the Dutchman's 10-4 victory.

Day Three

Raymond van Barneveld (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Raymond van Barneveld salutes the 'Barney Army' after reaching before beating Simon Whitlock in their semi-final.

Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Serious business for Van Gerwen and Wright ahead of their final four showdown.

Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Van Gerwen recorded a comfortable 11-4 win over Van Barneveld in the final.

Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld (Photosport NZ/PDC)
The Dutch pair pose for photos with their trophies.

Michael van Gerwen (Photosport NZ/PDC)
MVG can't resist a selfie with his first ever Auckland Darts Masters title.

Michael van Gerwen (Photosport NZ/PDC)
Van Gerwen salutes the Auckland crowd before departing the stage with the trophy.