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Matariki Observation and Ceremony


Date & Time:
14 July, 6am

Takapō lakefront sundial (in front of Dark Sky Project)

The Matariki holiday recognises the significance of this occasion for Māori and is a time for reflection, celebration and a reset. A chance to gather together, to remember those we have lost since the last heliacal rising and to plan for the future. It is a time to reconnect with each other, and with our natural environment. 

Celebrate the dawn rising of Matariki under the cloak of the world's largest gold dark sky reserve with Matariki Ahuka Nui – a guided Matariki Observation on Takapō lakefront. Join renowned Māori astronomer Victoria Campbell as she introduces you to, and observes, Matariki from a Te Ao Māori perspective.  

Following the observation we encourage you to gather with whānau to enjoy kai and time together. Kaihaukai (feasting) is an important part of Matariki. 

Please dress warmly and to the conditions on the day. The lakefront is uneven and, in the dark, can be challenging to see. We recommend bringing a low torch or using your phone. 

No ticket or registration is required.