Where to look
Matariki is found low on the horizon in the northeast of the sky. Try looking there between 5.30am-6.30am.
To find the cluster, first find the row of three stars of Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt (or The Pot). To find Pūanga (Rigel) look above Tautoru until you see the bright star.
From there, scan left until you find the bright orange star, Taumata-kuku (Aldebaran) and keep going until you hit a cluster of stars. That cluster is Matariki.
To help with your stargazing quest, download our Matariki app for free by searching 'Matariki' in the iTunes Apple Store or Google Play.
Find out more about our Matariki app and the Marariki ki Pōneke Festival celebrations by visiting our Matariki 2021 webpage.