Celebrating Matariki at SkyCity

Daily, until 17 July 2022


Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori | Happy Matariki!

Matariki is a special occasion which marks the start of the Maori New Year. This year, Matariki will rise in the dawn sky from Tuesday 21 June. 

This rising of Matariki, is a time to remember those that have been lost, to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead.

In celebration of Matariki this year, we've partnered with Hamilton Central to be part of a star walk through Hamilton CBD. 

During this self guided walk, visit each of the star locations listed below, where you'll be able to learn more about the magical stories of the seven stars of the Matariki cluster. 

Ururangi (located at The Meteor); connected to the wind

Waipuna-aa-rangi (located at Waikato Museum); connected to the rain, mist and fog

Waitii (located at The Bearded Weasel); connected to freshwater food 

Waitaa (located at Bowl and Social); connected to saltwater food

Matariki (located at Hamilton City Library); connected to health and wellbeing

Tupu-aa-nuku (located at Hamilton Central Business Association); connected to food sources of the Earth

Tupu-aa-rangi (located at Centre Place Shopping Centre); connected to food sources of the sky


Te Whāngai i nga whetu – Feeding the stars

Recognising the importance of food and nutrients, this concept is about bringing bounty into the new year. To celebrate, the team at Eat Burger were inspired by Tupu-aa-nuku to create a special burger called Poaka Me Te Puha. 

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Plus, we've got activity books available in Bowl and Social to enhance your knowledge about the Maori New Year, so make sure to grab one when you visit us or download it using the link below!

Download the activity book