Te Tau Hou Māori | The Māori New Year
Matariki signals the Māori New Year. It is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster.
On 24 June 2022, Matariki will become a new national holiday for Aotearoa. Take time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.
To celebrate Matariki the Māori New Year, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke has gifted a moving karakia prayer Māori | Noun to Wellington. The karakia by Ben Ngaia speaks to resilience, generosity, and bringing people together.
There are special events across the city to mark this special time
Food and drink
Special places and treats to try this Matariki season
Wellington's restaurants and bars really turn on the charm during winter and do some wonderful things with local ingredients and seasonal produce.
The menu at Graze regularly changes depending on the day's catch, seasonal availability, or even the weather. And celebrity chef Monique Fiso showcases indigenous ingredients at her Wellington degustation restaurant, Hiakai.
You can escape the cold at a number of cosy bars around the city. A new favourite is Kuikui Lane which is inspired by the kuia Female elder Māori | Noun of the world. manaakitanga hospitality Māori | Noun is front of mind so you can relax and soak in the warmth and hospitality – just like at nan's house.
The team at Lulu Bar have created a special Matariki-inspired dish. Perfect for lovers of mīti poaka Pork Māori | Noun , the dish uses pig trotters to represent seasonality and the culinary roots of Aotearoa.
At Greytown's Schoc Chocolate, a Matariki inspired chocolate block has been created. It's milk chocolate with dried kūmara and horopito tips, smoked manuka, and a touch of orange and salt.
And in Martinborough, Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery showcases incredible food and a carefully curated wine selection. In te reo Māori, karahui means “to come together, gather, and meet”.
Find out more about the capital's food and drink options here.
What's on this winter?
Get rugged up for outdoor fun, explore special exhibitions, and more