The first pictures of the super blue blood moon have appeared and show a spectacular moon rising over the sand dunes in Gisborne.
The images were sent to Newshub by resident Vicky Mottart who said it was lovely evening on the east coast for moon watching.
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The super blue blood moon is a combination of three different lunar events, a super where the moon appears larger, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month and a blood moon where the moon appears red.
The moon is expected to be about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual but for some the viewing may be hampered by clouds.
A large storm is forecast to hit the North Island and the west coast of the South Island overnight and the moon will end by 5am on Thursday morning.