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. Each year Matariki grows a little stronger and it’s now become a recognised celebration in many parts of the country. 

Please note: Many events in 2020 have been cancelled, or postponed, due to COVID-19. Many of the links below will still take you to local event information in your area. But we’ve chosen not to update the information this year, due to the ongoing postponements.

Like Matariki itself, these activities usually run over a whole month. To find out what Matariki events are happening in your area in 2020, you could check out your local council website, or contact your local Marae or Māori Trust.

Video courtesy: Puaka Matariki

We’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of events happening all around New Zealand. So try the following sites if you live in one of the centres below.

Matariki events and activities around New Zealand – 2020


If you’re lucky enough to live in the stunning Whangarei, then check out the Arotahia Matariki Festival Facebook for event details.


Check out the full Matariki Festival programme for Auckland.


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


Light it up in the Waikato, including the Te Ruru Light Festival and Contained Luminescence.


From parades to crafts, talks to talent quests, Rotorua is rocking this Matariki.

Hawkes Bay

There’s heaps happening out East with Kapa Haka at Flaxmere Park, and the Matariki Glow Show on in Napier and Gisborne this month.


Check out Matariki Breaki if you’re in Palmerston North, and if you’re in and around Whanganui check out the Puanga website.


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 Pōneke 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.


The Victory Community Centre in Nelson are holding their very own Night Lantern Parade. Head down and make your own lantern.


The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora has a whole series of events lined up for Christchurch this year, including Bic Runga.


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


The Dunedin Puaka Matariki festival kicks off this year on 25 June, and runs until 9 July 2019.

If your town doesn’t feature above then check out our Fresh ideas for celebrating Matariki with your Family and grab some ideas for hosting your very own Matariki event at home!

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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