New Zealand's two most successful provincial teams will meet in a final for the first time.
Auckland's come from behind to beat Wellington 33-22 in their ITM Cup semi-final in the capital to secure a meeting against Canterbury in next week's title decider.
Three late tries helped secure a deserved win for Auckland, with Malakai Fekitoa grabbing a brace.
Auckland second five Hadleigh Parkes says his side stepped up.
"Obviously with Braidy (Daniel Braid) on 99, we really wanted to make him get 100 so a bit of extra motivation and Wellington just (kept) coming, especially just after half time so it's good that we got up in the end there and we're in the final now so very happy."