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Advent Calendar photographers and locations

Meet the stars of the 2016 Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar; the Wellington locations and the photographers that captured them.

Jeff McEwan

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Jeff McEwan is a photographer, creative director of Capture Studios and a passionate Wellingtonian. He has a strong passion for photography, the arts and the exploration of new concepts – a natural evolution from a seven-year career as a press photographer and illustrations editor at The Evening Post and The Dominion Post.

Jeff produced images for days 1-5, 7, 9-16 and 19-24.

Mark Gee

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Mark Gee is an award winning photographer, time-lapse filmmaker and digital visual effects supervisor based in Wellington. He has worked on many high-profile and Oscar winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

Mark produced images for days 6, 8, 17 and 18.


Day 1: Oriental Bay

Advent Day 1 - Oriental Bay

Just a few minutes walk from the city, this golden sand beach is a top spot for a bit of walking, cycling or people watching. It's a safe swimming spot for families and plays host to beach sporting events during summer.

Day 2: Courtenay Place

Advent Day 2 - Courtenay Place

Courtenay Place is the hub of Wellington's nightlife, best known for its trail of stylish cocktail bars, restaurants, pubs and dance clubs. Grab a slice of pizza from Tommy Millions or check out the view from rooftop bar Dirty Little Secret.

Day 3: Hannahs Laneway

Advent Day 3 - Hannahs Laneway

Tucked away in this little laneway, you’ll discover a trail of boutique factories and eateries such as Golding's, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Six Barrel Soda Factory. and Fix and Fogg.

Day 4: Frank Kitts Lagoon

Advent Day 4 - Frank Kitts Lagoon

Frank Kitts Lagoon is a great place to people watch, soak up the sun and hire a peddle boat. On a sunny day pull up a bean bag or picnic blanket at St Johns Bar for a refreshing beverage, or relax on the terraced grassed area by Karaka Cafe.

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