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.

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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 head down to Flaxmere Park¬†this Matariki, to enjoy a range of Kapa Haka, singers, dancer, food and fireworks.


The Whanganui Regional Museum has a number of events running, including an inflatable star dome! Check out their Facebook events page for listings.


Chamber Music New Zealand and Te Manawa (Palmerston North) are joining forces to present a Matariki inspired tour.


If you live in the lovely Tararua district, you can celebrate Matariki at Pukaha. Enjoy a shared hangi for kai and take a hosted night walk starting with an introduction to Matariki.

And Dannevirk hosts the Matariki Whanau festival.


For those in Wellington, you can find all the events and activities happening in and around the region on the¬†Wellington City Council’s¬†Matariki ki PŇćneke¬†page, including the¬†amazing waterfront Sky Show.

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.


Plunket KaikŇćura are having a Matariki themed ‚ÄėWacky Wednesday‚Äô (monthly event).


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


Check out the Selwyn District Libraries website for events and activities.


The Dunedin Puaka Matariki festival kicks off this year on 6 July, and runs until 22 July.

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. Or check out our¬†Fresh ideas for celebrating Matariki with your Family¬†if you want to learn about celebrating at home.

The Kiwi Families Team

This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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