14-16, 21-23 & 28-30 JUNE

Celebrate Matariki ki te Manawa in the heart of the city! 

Matariki signals the Māori New Year and begins with the rising of the star cluster of the same name. From 15 June Matariki ki te Manawa will fill the city centre with 30+ events and activations. From learning experiences and storytelling to lighting splendour, kōrero, music, art and more, there's plenty to see and do - check out what's on during the weekends below.

Friday 14, Saturday, 15 & Sunday, 16 June

Vector Lights at Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter | 3.30PM-7.30PM | Saturday, 15 June | Free
Celebrate Matariki and experience the switching on of Vector Lights on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Enjoy live music, DJ, toasted marshmallows, free hot chocolates (limited to 300 cups) and more, while connecting with those you love, and those around you.

The light show will be accompanied by a live performance at 6pm by Majic (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei). The show replays every 15 minutes, until midnight.

Tukutuku Toi Workshop, NZ Maritime Museum | 2PM-4PM | Saturday, 15 June | $35pp
Tukutuku is a customary Māori artform used for storytelling. Woven panels made up of kākaho, with geometric patterns in toetoe, kiekie and pingao carry deep meaning and often tell stories of identity, family, and community. Awhina Murupaenga has created a contemporary take on the traditional craft and will teach people to weave their own story. Book here.

Our People, Our Stories, The Civic | 2PM-5PM | Sunday, 16 June | Free, registrations required
Join Auckland Live for a day of wānanga/seminars around how artists represent their communities through live performance. Hear how Māori performing arts has shaped communities, weaved relationships, provide opportunities for healing, knowledge sharing, laughter and innovation, with kōrero from some of Aotearoa’s leading Māori live performance creatives. See more info and register, here.

He Wai, Queen Street & Elliott Street | 5.15PM-7PM | Saturday, 15 & Sunday, 16 June | Free
Allana Goldsmith (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tai) and others are expected to pause the city centre’s hustle and bustle with this newly created pop-up music series remembering the iconic Waihorotiu stream flowing beneath the pavements. For four special evenings, June 15,16, 20 & 21, contemporary Māori artists will thrill midtown audiences with live music and waiata on Queen Street & Elliott Street.

Tukutuku Toi Workshop
Vector Lights for Waitangi Day 2024
He Wai - Matariki 2024

Friday, 21, Saturday, 22 & Sunday, 23 June

Ko Au: mini Festival, Basement Theatre | 8PM-9PM | 20-22, June | Choose What You Pay
KO AU 2024 is a three-day mini festival that will platform Projekt Team's fundamental pillars of freestyle, battle, and showcase. KO AU will be kicking off Matariki by showcasing our diverse cultures through the artistry of street dance. Find out more and get tickets, here.

Tuakiritea, Basement Theatre | 6.30PM-7.30PM | 18-22, June | $18-$28
Enjoy TUAKIRITEA, a new collaboration from Pōneke based artists Huia Max and Reon Bell. It is a compilation of scenes, experiences, waiata, poems, ideas and kōrero that all come together to form a complete piece of theatre that discusses and deconstructs what it means to be Māori in modern day Aotearoa.

He Wai, Queen Street & Elliott Street | 5.15PM-7PM | Friday 21 June | Free
Don’t miss the last evening of this pop-up music series! Māori and Pasifika artists will thrill midtown audiences with live music and waiata at scheduled times. 

Caretaker Matariki waiata sing-a-long and cocktail night, Rocketman | 8.30PM-11.30PM | Cocktail prices vary

Blast out some well-known waiata at the top of your lungs with the wonderful Rawiri, Lox and The Junglebirds, plus, try your hand at tī rākau, making poi and weaving harakeke! There will also be a special menu of Matariki inspired cocktails featuring spirits and ingredients from Aotearoa, bought to you by Thompson whisky and Black Sands distillery. Plus, all your favourites from down at Caretaker will also be available!

Tuakiritea - Basement Theatre - Matariki 2024

Things to do & see on Friday, 28 June | Matariki Public Holiday


Friday, 28, Saturday, 29 & Sunday, 30 June

Matariki Ahunga Nui, Auckland Art Gallery | 10AM-5PM | Friday, 28, June | Free
Celebrate Matariki with friends and whānau at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. At this free event, enjoy live performances of kapa haka, spoken word poetry and the soulful sounds of Majic Pāora. Join for a waiata singalong, purchase kai and make your own poi and more! Get more info, here.

SkyCity Matariki Night Markets, Sky Tower | 3PM-9PM | Saturday, 29, June | Free to attend
Delicious food awaits you under the Sky Tower at SkyCity’s Matariki Night Markets! With many different Māori and Pasifika food stalls to choose from, this will be sure to please. From savoury to sweet, SkyCity's diverse food stalls will have something for everyone. Feel the vibes and enjoy the atmosphere with a live DJ playing as you eat!

Matariki at Karanga Plaza | 10AM-2PM | Saturday, 29, June | Free
Head to Karanga Plaza to celebrate Matariki on Auckland’s stunning Waterfront. See the waterfront come alive with a range of Matariki activities, including a weaving workshop, DJ, Rongoa Tī, and a special performance by The New Zealand Dance Company: ‘Matariki for Tamariki’ - a special dance show that explores the stories of the nine whetū (stars) of Matariki, with each star highlighted and expressed through a unique dance performance. See more, here.

Matariki at the Maritime, NZ Maritime Museum | 10AM-2PM | All weekend | Free with Museum entry
Join NZ Maratime Museum at the water’s edge to make your own purapura whetū. Explore the symbolism of the moana in traditional Māori weaving through this whānau-friendly activity and celebrate the magic of Matariki among the museum's maritime heritage.

Matariki at the Maritime
SkyCity markets
Matariki ki te Manawa 2024 - AAG Kids activities

On across all three weekends

Enjoy two hours of free parking or $5 evening and weekend rates. Find out more. Ride on public transport from as little as $2 each way. Find out more.
Last updated: 21 June 2023