30th June – 22nd July, 2023
BAY OF ISLANDS / PĒWHAIRANGI, AOTEAROA
MATARIKI Pēwhairangi BAY OF ISLANDS 2023
Friday 30th June – Saturday 22nd July, 2023
Matariki Pēwhairangi festival brings us together to acknowledge the reappearance of te kāhui o Matariki and Puanga above the early morning horizon in the stunning Bay of Islands.
We pause to remember, reflect and honour our loved ones who have passed since the last rising of Matariki.
We come together to celebrate and give thanks for what we have been blessed with, spend time with our whānau and friends, to share food and festivities!
And as we mark the start of the Māori New Year, Te Tau Hou Māori, we look to the future and discuss our plans and hopes for the year ahead.
Explore our programme of incredible workshops, beautiful waiata (music), inspiring talks, feasts, star-gazing and family fun!
Ka mahuta a Matariki i te pae, ka mahuta ō tātou tūmanako ki te tau
When Matariki rises above the horizon, our aspirations rise to the year ahead
MATARIKI Pēwhairangi BAY OF ISLANDS 2023 FEATURED EVENTS
OROMAHOE SCHOOL LIGHT FESTIVAL
Saturday 17th June
MATARIKI DAWN CRUISE
Paihia or Kororareka (Russell) Wharf
Saturday 15th July
BREW OF ISLANDS
21st & 22nd July
Kia ora e hoa mā!
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‘EXPERIENCE’ and ‘FEAST’ Matariki
We have a packed programme of magical events this year including the popular Matariki dawn cruises, whānau days out, workshops, waiata, and story-telling!
Get together to EXPERIENCE MATARIKI
Matariki Ahunga Nui! The great food piles of Matariki are celebrated in our festival programme. We highlight the many incredible food offerings in the region, from community hangi and artisan producers to inspired fine dining.