Matariki 2021 events

Nau mai, haere mai – celebrate Matariki 2021 with a stunning series of live and digital events.

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Ahi Kā 

Āhea | When  Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July 5pm - 8.30pm
Ki hea | Where  Wellington Waterfront - Odlins Plaza, Te Papa Promenade, Taranaki Wharf, and Whairepo Lagoon |  Accessible Wellington map
Te utu | Cost  Free 

Presented by the Wellington City Council Arts and Events team.

Celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, for a time of reflection, remembrance, and renewal. Join us on the Wellington Waterfront for ahi (fire), kai (food), storytelling, waiata (song) and entertainment across two evenings. 

More about Ahi Ka elements



Āhea | When and Ki hea | Where

  • Friday 2 – Saturday 3 July evening: Tūrama will shine skyward from Taranaki Wharf at Ahi Kā.
  • Sunday 4 – Wednesday 7 July evening: Tūrama travels to the suburbs – check out Council’s social media channels for locations. 

Te utu | Cost Free


Mana Moana

Āhea | When Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 July | 6pm–10pm
Ki hea | Where Water screen display at Whairepo Lagoon


Matariki fireworks

Āhea | When  6.30pm, Saturday 10 July, 2021. Postponement date is Sunday 11 July. 
Ki hea | Where  Wellington Waterfront | View on Google mapsAccessible Wellington map
Te utu | Cost  Free

The 2021 Matariki Fireworks display is happening on Saturday 10 July, the first weekend of school holidays. The fireworks will be let off within Wellington Harbour, at 6.30pm and last for approximately ten minutes.

Come down early to grab a spot and something to eat from one of the many food trucks.

Presented by Wellinton City Council Arts and Events Team.


Mana Tangata

View the Mana Tangata Facebook event page.

An educational and informative free Zoom series featuring local iwi and Māori from around the Motu sharing knowledge and kaupapa Māori. Shared via Council’s YouTube and Facebook channels.


Matariki App

Explore the Māori New Year traditions of Matariki and Ahi Kā (home fires) with our augmented reality app.

Join the Haha Whētu Star Search and go in the draw to win an awesome prize.

Point your phone camera at the sky and you'll find the Matariki constellation - or point it at the ground and light your own bonfires to celebrate Ahi Kā.

Download the Matariki app for free from the iTunes Apple Store or Google Play.

Highlights from Matariki 2020