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. 

Like Matariki itself, these activities usually run over a whole month. To find out what Matariki events are happening in your area in 2023, you could check out your local council website, or contact your local Marae or Māori Trust.

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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 – 2023


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 Puanga for events if you’re in Palmerston North.

And if you’re in and around Whanganui check out the Puanga Rising event.


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.

If you’re in the Wairarapa, you might want to get along to the Winter Solstice event at Stonehenge-Aotearoa or the events on at Pukaha.

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 Wellington site, including the amazing waterfront Sky Show.


Check out the Shape Nelson site for a list of all the activities on in Nelson City this Matariki.


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


The Dunedin Puaka Matariki festival is all go again this year!

Other locations

For all other locations you could try the Mānawatia a Matariki events website. They list lots of one-off events from around the country

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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