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Hākari Below the Stars

Telescope viewings
Planetarium Screenings
24 Jun 2022
6pm - 10pm Friday 24 June
A Matariki celebration at Space Place
Event type: 
Festival, Multidisciplinary, Public Program
Under 16 FREE, Adults $10, Add-on meal $15
Space Place
40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington


Join Space Place in celebrating the wonders of Matariki with a range of whānau-friendly activities and watch the waterfront fireworks from the heights of Kelburn.

Discover Māori starlore in Matariki Dawn – a planetarium show about three Māori legends: The Creation, Rona and Marama and the story of Te Waka o Tama-rereti.

Discover more of our southern skies with telescope viewings (weather permitting). Tamariki will learn more about the Matariki star cluster through activity booklets, all while looking fabulous with professional facepainting.

The rising of the star cluster has inspired artists for centuries. Enjoy kapa haka performances by Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā Mai Le Moana Trust and poetry readings from Stacey Teague, Kahu Kutia and Rangimarie Sophie Jolley as well as Jamie Berry’s audio visual installation in the Thomas King Observatory.

Opt-in for the Matariki meal to enjoy a delicious hāngī pie by our friends from Cable Top Eatery. Each meal comes with your choice of fries or salad. Vegetarian and vegan options are available too.

We can’t wait to celebrate the Māori new year with you at our one night only of hākari!


  • 16 and under FREE
  • Adults $10
  • Add-on Matariki meal $15

Note: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

6pm – 10pm, Friday 24 June | Space Place

Written by

Museums Wellington

26 May 2022