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Exciting Matariki Activities In New Zealand

Happy Matariki! The following blog compiles some notable Matariki events and activities that will help you decide how to celebrate Matariki this year! We’ve included Matariki art, activities centered around the stars of Matariki, and festivals that host food for Matariki.


  • The Oyster and Moon Matariki Exhibition (history and treasures of Matariki display) at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery
  • Matariki Nga Whetu o te Tau Hou (The Stars of the New Year) Planetarium Star Presentation

Central North Island

  • He Korowai Mahana (To Be Cloaked in the Comfort of Whakapapa) Sculpture and Textile Exhibition, located in Taranaki
  • Matariki Ramaroa Arts Festival with live music, located at Otaki Beach
  • Matariki Ring of Fire Exhibition and storytelling, located in Hamilton


  • Mana Moana Poneke which has short films projected on a water screen
  • Matariki 2023 at Te Papa which includes Matariki reflection activities

South Island

  • Mana Moana Otepoti stories and shows at the Otakou Harbour in Dunedin
  • Puaka: A star on the Rise, Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum exhibition
  • Matariki at The Arts Centre Te Marariki Toi Ora in Christchurch

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