Spectators climb Mt Victoria to witness 2015’s supermoon event.
In 2013, Mark Gee filmed a timelapse of a full moon rising behind Wellington’s Mount Victoria, which took him a year to capture adequately. He uploaded it to his YouTube channel, a Japanese television show noticed, and asked him to recreate it—with Gee playing a starring role this time. The second effort took place on April 5, 2015, under perfect conditions: clear weather and a full moon rising early enough in the evening which ensured that there were many visitors to the Mt Victoria lookout to view the city lights below. Gee was stationed on the side of a road more than two kilometres away, his camera trained on the unwitting sightseers in the distance.