Waipunarangi is a weather star that links the entire Matariki cluster to rain. The name itself means ‘water pools in the sky’. The pooling of rain on the ground caused by heavy rainstorms in winter are referred to as  ‘Matariki tapuapua’.

5.55pm  Opening karakia and turning-on-the-lights countdown every night at the Matariki waharoa main entry.


6pm – 9pm.  The Matariki light trail turns Maybury Reserve into a magical landscape.


Enjoy light displays of Māori-inspired imagery set among thousands of fairy lights.


Wrap up warm and enjoy Māori New Year celebrations in Glen Innes.

Te Oro Music & Art Centre. Start or end your visit to the light trail here. Delicious Maori kai on offer too.

7.00pm. Te Iwa o Matariki. A delightful short film as Dr Rangi Matamua shares his knowledge of Matariki through the eyes of a koro (grandfather) with his moko (grand daughter).