Matariki events and activities around New Zealand – 2018

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Every year towns and cities throughout New Zealand host a range of events and activities based around Matariki. These range from art exhibitions, to festivals, to themed planetarium events. Every year Matariki grows a little stronger and it’s now become a recognised celebration in many parts of the country.¬†

Like Matariki itself, these activities usually run over a whole month. To find out what Matariki events are happening in your area in 2017, check out your local council website, or contact your local Marae or Maori Trust.

Video courtesy: Puaka Matariki

Below is a non-exhaustive list of events happening all around New Zealand.

Matariki events and activities around New Zealand – 2018


A series of events and workshops are on at the Whangerei library.


Check out the full Matariki Festival programme for Auckland.


Tauranga has a huge range of events including workshops, kite making, and early morning navigation tours.


Check out the huge range of events on in Waikato, including a kite day at Hamilton gardens


From parades to crafts, talks to talent quests, Rotorua is rocking this Matariki, including a world record Haka attempt.


If you’re in Gisborne, you’ll want to take a look at the Tairawhiti Museum this Matariki.


The festive season is upon Palmerston North this year, with a full range of events.


Check out the Puanga website for events in Whanganui and the wider Rohe.


For those in Wellington, you can find all the events and activities happening in and around the region on the Matariki Rising website.

And of course if you’re in Wellington or the Wairarapa, you might want to get along to the¬†Winter Solstice event at Stonehenge-Aotearoa.


Check out the Christchurch City library website for events and activities.


The Dunedin Puaka Matariki festival has kicked off, and runs from ???.

Now that you’ve had a look at the Matariki events and activities around New Zealand for 2018. Be sure to check out our page on Matariki for more info and lots of ideas for crafts and recipes you can do at home with your family.

The Kiwi Families Team

This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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