Wonderfully, Matariki marks the Māori New Year and is the first indigenous public holiday to be celebrated in the world. Delightfully, there are a range of cultural events taking place over the bank holiday weekend. We’ve narrowed down seven of the best things to do in Christchurch this Matariki weekend.
1. Tirama Mai
As usual, Christchurch is lighting up to celebrate Matariki. Stroll through Cathedral Square and the surroundings to admire installations, projections and stunning artworks. Meanwhile, on June 25, The Tannery is hosting a delicious free-entry Matariki Food Market where you can dine under the stars.
2. Circus Kapa Haka Fusion
On June 24 and 25, watch as over 60 performers combine circus tricks and Kapa Haka in an unmissable show in honour of Matariki at Roy Stokes Hall in New Brighton. Night one has already sold out. Get tickets here.
Explore a range of inspiring showcases by local artists to celebrate Matariki 2022. Entry is free. See the likes of Ad Parnassum – Purapurawhetū which is an exciting dance film by Daniel Belton or take part in a design and paint workshop, to name a few things.
4. Seeking/Ararapu Matariki In The Zone
This stunning installation invites you to chase the Matariki star through nine star stations at Richmond Community Garden. This event is on until June 30 and is perfect for people of all ages. Get tickets on eventbrite.
June 25 will be the last night to catch this gripping thrilling at The Court Theatre inspired by the best-selling 2015 novel. Prices start from $30. So why not use the bank holiday weekend to see what all the fuss is about? Otherwise, choose something else from our list of the best things to do this month.
On June 25, visit Christchurch Botanical Gardens to enjoy a unique 4-course feast featuring fires, dinner and sweet treats, tropical plants and more. Plus, there will be storytelling from leading Maori Chefs to keep you entertained. Tickets cost $145. Book here.
7. Bottomless 90s & Early Noughties
Head to Dux Central for a 2-hour bottomless lunch on June 25. The event includes music and prizes for the best dressed. Tickets cost $80 per person. Book them here.