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Where to welcome Matariki
In June and July, The Matariki star cluster reappears above the horizon to welcome a new year on the Māori lunar calendar. Traditionally, this is a time to reflect, remember and renew.
Aotearoa has plenty of places that are perfect for star trekking. So bring a jacket, a torch and your friends and whānau to welcome Matariki this year.
The best places to stargaze in Aotearoa;
- Castle Point Lighthouse Walk in the Wellington region gives superb views of the sea and sky
- Aramoana Heyward Point Track in Otago follows coastal clifftops to Heyward Point
- Canterbury Tekapo to Lake Ōhau. Lake Tekapo is part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, perfect for stargazing
- Tasman Glacier Lake Track gives a glimpse of glaciers and snowy peaks that are even more stunning under a star-studded sky
- Whangamarino Historic Walk in North Waikato is quick and easy to get to and away from light pollution
- Tauwhare Pā in the Bay of Plenty was built several hundred years ago and overlooks the western arm of Ōhiwa Harbour. This strategic location lies between two tribal territories - Ngāti Awa in the west and Whakatohea in the east
- Kahikatea Walk - Lake Kaniere on the West Coast has a stunning picnic area
- Any of the Aotea/Great Barrier Island tracks, Aotea Island is an international Dark Sky Sanctuary
There are plenty more tracks to see the beauty of Aotearoa on Find My Adventure.
You can take part in Matariki festivities around New Zealand too. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this star cluster and its significance to Māori culture.
Nau mai Te Tau Hou Māori - Welcome to the Māori New Year.