We started this in 2010 as a casual evening event involving a community ‘international food’ pot luck meal in the Wanaka Arts Centre, attended by around 30 locals.

Matariki has now grown to become a large community event held in the Dinosaur Park on the lake front including two huge bonfires, performances from local primary and secondary students and kapa haka groups, cultural and workshops, interactive art workshops, a story corner alongside a hangi and spit which feeds over 500 people. The whole event is finished off with our massivee firework display! Large numbers of the local community donate their time and goods to help put on this great event.

Matariki is the Maori New Year and represents a time of renewal, a time to begin preparations for new crops as the days begin to grow longer. It’s a time of sharing, casting away of old problems and moving ahead with a fresh outlook. It is often celebrated with a feast.

When: Mid June each year.