Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp

New Zealanders were lucky enough to see an especially big, bright presence in the sky on Monday night.

The last full moon of 2017 was a so-called "supermoon" - the first one since November 2016. It appeared approximately 14 percent bigger than when it's at its furthest away from us.

Because Earth will be at its closest to the sun in early January, Monday's moon was also up to 30 percent brighter.

And eager Kiwis stayed up late to capture some of the best photos of the year.

Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Hina Patel
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Hina Patel
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Hina Patel
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Lloyd Burr
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Lloyd Burr

The supermoon is expected to disrupt ferry crossings in Auckland.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday some afternoon services will be replaced by buses due to lower than normal tides.

The supermoon causes both higher and lower tides, and when the tide is at its lowest the water level won't be high enough for ferries to travel to and from Half Moon Bay.

Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Tanita Panton
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Benz Catbagan
Supermoon New Zealand: Photos that will make you gasp
Photo credit: Jonathan Thamrin

But if you missed the opportunity to take a few photos - don't worry. Monday night's supermoon is the first of three expected over the next few months.

NASA is calling it the 'Supermoon trilogy', with further supermoons expected on January 2 and January 31 next year.

Newshub.