Free Matariki Events around Aotearoa

Free Matariki Events around Aotearoa

Celebrate Matariki with your whanau at these free events in your region
24 June 2024 11:13AM

During the mid-winter months in Aotearoa, a star cluster will appear in the early morning sky which is called Matariki.

The appearance of the 9 whetū (stars) in the Māori calendar signifies a New Year where whanau have the opportunity to honour the past, present, and future. 

There are FREE events for everyone (kids, adults, whanau) all around the country to enjoy.

Some events may require registering in advance, so make sure to click on the links to register.


UMU KOHUKOHU WHETŪNgāti Whātua Ōrākei invites you to this special event to acknowledge the rising of Matariki with a traditional ceremony 'Umu Kohukohu Whetū'.  Breakfast will be provided and there will be shuttle buses going to the marae every 5-10 minutes from 4am to 9am. For more details. 

When: Friday 28 June from 5.30am - 9am

Where: Takaparawhau Bastion Point, Ōrākei Marae

TE KARANGA A HAPE: K Road's got everything covered from live waiata, Māori arts and crafts, street performances, kapa haka,  fashion, kai, markets, drag queens and even guided walks. 

When: Thursday 27 June 2024 from 3 pm - 10pm

Where: Karangahape Road aka K Road. 

WHĀTUA RANGI KITE DAY: Celebrating the tradition of kite flying with the whānau. You can bring a picnic, or there will be kai available at food stalls. 

When: Saturday 6 July 2024 from 10am - 3pm

Where: Takaparawhau Bastion Point – Michael J. Savage Memorial, 19 Hapimana Street, Ōrākei

MAI MATARIKI COMMUNITY DAY: Plant, eat, and connect.  Join the Mai Crew and Auckland Zoo Kaimahi who will be serving free kai and helping restore the whenua by planting trees. Chuck your gumboots on and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty on as we celebrate Matariki together.

When: July 5th from 11am - 2pm

Where: EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

POI MAKING WORKSHOP: Poi-making workshop and followed by learning how to do a Māori poi dance

When: Thursday 27 June, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Where: Albany Village Library, 30 Kell Drive, Albany


PĀPĀMOA 'LIGHT UP THE WATERWAY’: An evening of manaakitanga, whānau, live performances, and breathtaking lights. 

When: 28 June from 5pm-10pm

Where:  7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa Beach

MATARIKI MAUMAHARATANGA CEREMONY: Art exhibitions, watch Māori performers, shop from mākete/market stalls or Village shops, join in The Purple Lab waiata workshops, kanikani demo’s & workshop. Bring a picnic or buy some kai from food vendors. 

When: 28 June from 6am - 8am

Where: Mauao Summit, 1 Adams Ave, Tauranga


TIRAMA MAI: Cultural festival of artistic. lighting and cultural displays including performances and storytelling. 

When: 21 June to 30 June from 5pm - 10pm

Where: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central

MATARIKI DAWN CELEBRATION AND BREAKFAST: Celebrate Matariki rising by welcoming the dawn on the Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat lawn. 

When: 14 July from 6am - 8.30pm

Where: 86 Mt Cook Road, Lake Pukaki, Ben Ohau

MASTER WOOD CARVING:  Learn how to wood carve this Matariki with Master carver Johnny Reihana

When: 28 June from 10am-3pm

Where: 1 Motuariki Lane Lake Tekapo


MANA MOANA PО̄NEKE: Enjoy a series of indigenous short films that will be projected on a water screen. 

When:  27-30 June from 6pm - 9pm

Where: Whairepo Lagoon

Matariki Night Market at Paekākāriki School: Delicious waiata, stalls and fireworks. Enjoy Paekākāriki's best musicians and their incredible kapa haka group. Check out the stars via the telescope and also the students Matariki project. 

When: 27 June from 5pm-8pm. 

Where: Paekakariki School, 90 Wellington Rd,


MATARIKI @ WAIAROHA HĪKOI OF REMEMBRANCE: Create a waka lantern, write your message, and float it on the water. There will be captivating storytelling, special performances, fun kids' activities, live music and kai trucks. 

When: 25 June - 26 June from 6pm - 9pm

Where: Waiaroha - Heretaunga Water Discovery Centre, Southampton Street, Hastings

MATARIKI MAHUIKA STORYTELLING AROUND THE FIRE: Gather around the fire as a storyteller shares old tales. Write a message on a biodegradable lantern and float it into  Manga Pacific – Te Toka Tu Moana fountain. One free lantern per family. 

When: 29 June from 6pm - 9pm

Where: 546 Marine Parade, Napier (next to the National Aquarium of New Zealand)