Wonderfully, Matariki marks the Māori New Year and is the first indigenous public holiday to be celebrated in the world. Delightfully, there are several cultural events taking place over the bank holiday weekend. We’ve narrowed down five of the best things to do in Wellington for Matariki.
1. Ahi Kā
Head to Wellington Waterfront to enjoy an array of food trucks, alongside an immersive walk through installation featuring artworks, music, performances and more. Plus, the highly anticipated Matariki Fireworks is set to take place on June 25 or 26 at night. Ahi Kā finishes on June 26.
On June 24, Space Place will host an evening of Matariki celebrations. Therefore, guests can enjoy tamariki activities, telescope viewings, performances and screenings and plenty more. Entrance is $10 for adults and free for children.
From June 25 to July 3, the historical Te Papa Museum will welcome kaumātua groups from across the nation. These groups will put on performances that will also be live streamed on Facebook if you can’t get there in-person for the action.
4 Kapiti Lights Arts Festival 2022
Excellently, a range of events will be taking place on Kapiti until July 17. Think light sculptures, beach bonfires, performances and plenty more. Additionally, the Māoriland Film Festival 2022 is taking place over the month with indigenous filmmakers from around the world sharing their works.
5. Asado Dining
Why not treat yourself this Matariki bank holiday weekend in Wellington to a unique Argentinian-style dining experience? Read all about it here.