Wonderfully, Matariki marks the Māori New Year and is the first indigenous public holiday to be celebrated in the world. Delightfully, there are a range of cultural events taking place over the bank holiday weekend. We’ve narrowed down 10 of the best things to do in Auckland for Matariki.
1. Matariki Lights Stardome
Until June 25, experience a dazzling and free light and sound show. Read all about it here.
Enjoy an array of musical performances, delicious food trucks and plenty of arts and crafts at Takuti Square on June 24. Guests include DJ Will K kicking things off at 10am, meanwhile, look forward to the likes of WOW Girls and Jaya V throughout the day. Excellently, it’s free to enter.
3. Inside Dali
This multi-sensory digital art experience inspired by Van Gogh Alive just so happens to available until June 30. Read all about it here.
As many Matariki stars are associated with food, it’s the perfect time to indulge on traditional meals with loved ones. Make Matariki-inspired dishes at home or head out to celebrate the occasion…the choice is yours. Additionally, The Snugs igloos returned for winter and offer the perfect place to sit among entertainment and catch light up displays.
5. Pakiata Matariki
This iconic attraction features a large projected light show on the Chief Post Office building in downtown Auckland from June 24 until July 16. Shows will take place every 15 minutes. Certainly, the perfect place to come together and learn about Matariki’s nine stars, history and culture.
6. Matakiri at SkyCity
SkyCity is offering a range of attractions to celebrate the occasion this weekend and beyond. Think a pop-up cube installation that’s perfect for instagrammable shots, 15-minute light display on Sky Tower, opportunities to win prizes and a DJ on decks, to name a few things.
7. Vector Lights
Another unmissable attraction for Matariki in Auckland. Admire a surreal six minute light show on Auckland Harbour Bridge. The display will light up the sky for all to see until July 9.
On June 24 and 25, Boutique Superyachts is offering the ultimate stargazing experience package. Guests can expect welcome drinks, a delicious brunch, a farm-to-table dinner set under the stars and much more. Book here.
On June 25, this one-day event will see kites of all shapes and sizes be used by enthusiasts to send messages to heaven. Why not get involved in this intimate experience?
10. Kapa Haka
Until July 16, be entertained by Kapa Haka groups dancing in malls across Auckland. Certainly, an ideal way to celebrate Matariki.