Celebrate Matariki in Wellington

The Māori New Year is a time to take stock, remember the past, and look to the future. Support Māori businesses, learn about the stars, care for Aotearoa, and enjoy special events this Matariki.

Stonehenge Aotearoa

51 Ahiaruhe Road, Carterton

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Wairarapa is one of the most accessible dark sky destinations in the world and what better place to stargaze than at Stonehenge, Aotearoa's unique open-air astronomical observatory. A modern interpretation of the mysterious ancient monument, Stonehenge Aotearoa is based upon starlore from tangata whenua, Pasifika and other cultures around the world. 

Book a daytime guided tour to learn about the henge, Māori starlore, Polynesian navigation and archaeoastronomy or head along on a Friday or Saturday night for a Star Safari followed by stargazing (weather permitting). 

stonehenge-aotearoa.nz

Kuikui Lane

120 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Kuikui Lane is a gin, spirit and cocktail bar on Victoria Street, inspired by the Kuia/nans of the world, both past and present.  is front of mind at this cosy spot where you can relax and soak in the warmth and hospitality – just like at nans house.

Māori influence is weaved throughout the whole space, from the drinks to the decor. Order from the Te Reo Māori menu and pick from and drinks with local flavours at heart, such as Māori flatbread parāoa pohema, kumara chips, and classic Kiwi mince savouries with Watties tomato sauce.

Visit from Tuesday - Thursday 4pm to late, or Friday - Saturday 2pm to late.

kuikui.co.nz

ahu boutique

115 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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In the heart of Victoria Street’s shopping precinct, ahu boutique is dedicated to high end, contemporary Māori design and fashion.

ahu boutique is the mahi of owner and Rotorua designer Adrienne Whitewood (Rongowhakaata). Her designs take traditional Māori concepts to create unique prints and silhouettes, giving the body movement through design. Adrienne hopes to create an emotional connection to indigenous design through her work.

Adrienne’s store in Pōneke is what she calls “The House of Māori Fashion”. The shop offers exclusive Aotearoa-made products created by different talented Māori designers and artists, alongside her own work. Visit the bright and welcoming space for a range of beautiful clothing, homeware, art, jewellery, and accessories. 

ahuboutique.com

On 24 June, Matariki will become a new national holiday for Aotearoa. Find out more about Matariki and how the capital city is celebrating it this year.

Matariki in the capital

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