Orongo Bay Holiday Park and Russell Mini Tours are excited to bring you a weekend of festivities to bring the Matariki traditions to life. Honouring the Tangāta Whenua view of Matariki, led by our Kaumatua, we will gather for a weekend of celebrations to gain a deeper understanding of Matariki, remind us of the cycle of life, honour our ancestors, and celebrate life.

Friday 2nd July 2021

6:00 PM – Welcome and check into accommodation (Nau Mai Haere Mai Piki Mai)

6:30 PM – Dinner (Kai) Lasagna and salad

7:00 PM – Bonding and Connecting (Whakawhanaungatanga)

7:30 PM – Matariki presentation film

Saturday 3rd July 2021

5:00 AM – Depart to Taupiri Cliffs by bus (rain check – Sunday 4th)

6:00 AM – Prepare food from the earth, sky, sea, and river and set up torches and fire

6:15 AM – View Matariki and the sunrising

7:30 AM – Return to Holiday Park

8:30 AM – Breakfast in the lodge (fire burning)

9:30 AM – Art of the Hangi

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Art of the Hangi and preparations

6:00 PM – Hangi

8:00 PM – Fire ceremony and star gazing

Sunday 4th July 2021

5:00 AM – Depart to Taupiri Cliffs by bus (rain check or second trip by demand)

6:00 AM – Prepare food from the earth, sky, sea, and river and set up torches and fire

6:15 AM – View Matariki and the sunrising

7:30 AM – Return to Holiday Park

8:30 AM – Breakfast in the lodge (fire burning)

10:00 AM – Depart to Russell by bus mini tour of Russell and then time to walk around eat, shop and enjoy the town, bus returns to park at 12.30pm

1:00 PM – DIY Sauna cleansings for the New Year

3:00 PM – Haere Rā – Farewell