Celebrating Matariki

Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a time of reflection, celebration, and renewal marked by the rising of the Matariki star cluster. The three key principles for Matariki are:

Matariki Hunga Nui, Remembrance: Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki.

Matariki Ahunga Nui, Celebrating the Present: Gathering together to give thanks for what we have.

Matariki Manako Nui, Looking to the Future: Looking forward to the promise of a new year.

In 2024, various regions across New Zealand will host unique events and activities, offering a rich cultural experience. Check out this guide to find out more about the Matariki celebrations throughout Aotearoa. 

For our guests staying at PurePods during Matariki, the best time to see the constellation is early morning, just before dawn. You don’t even have to get out of bed; simply open your eyes and look through the glass roof to take in the majestic skies.

What to Look For

Nine of the brightest stars nearest to Earth are visible with the naked eye. Sit back and take it all in, or have your telescope handy to explore the hundreds of stars that make up the constellation.

How to Find Them

  1. Look to the northeast horizon before sunrise.
  2. Search for the distinct line of stars that forms Tautoru, or Orion’s belt.
  3. Keep moving your gaze north of these three stars until you see a cluster of tiny stars that are roughly as wide as Tautoru is long.

Click here for a short video or a fuller explanation thanks to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa .

Whether you’re stargazing in Stewart Island, enjoying a lantern parade in Cromwell, participating in a hāngī dinner, or marvelling at the stars from the comfort of one of our PurePods, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year. Embrace the spirit of Matariki and create unforgettable memories at these festive celebrations.

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