Celebrate Matariki

Stonehenge Aotearoa

Check out these great Matariki inspired celebrations in the Wairarapa including stargazing, events, an exhibition, a self-guided tour, and even wine and chocolate!

Celebrate Matariki anytime:

Schoc Chocolate
Monday to Sunday 10am-4.30pm, Main Street Greytown
Try a Matariki-inspired chocolate block reminiscent of smoky fire and kūmara in milk chocolate, reflecting the tradition of coming together around bonfires to witness the Matariki stars.

Big Sky Wines
Try their new Vivo Novello, a fresh and fruity vibrant red, that they are proud to release in time for Matariki. A first taste of the vintage- a new wine for the new year! 
Tastings by appointment, call 0274248974 to book a private tasting.

The 10 O'clock Cookie Bakery Café
Pop in for a limited edition Matariki inspired cookie or cupcake before they run out!

Ngā Haerenga/ Journeys – Celebrating Matariki
Now until 21 August, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Learn about legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe, see a waka fragment discovered on the Wairarapa coast, and learn how Matariki still marks the seasons today.

Self-guided tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa 
Every Sat & Sun, June - August 10am-4pm, Stonehenge Aotearoa Carterton
Take a self guided tour and explore the henge by map, or watch a 12-minute AV that takes you around the henge and explains everything. Get your tickets here.

Navigate the stars:

Star Safari Stargazing
Friday to Sunday during June, Carterton
Rediscover the night sky with large telescopes and exceptional eyepieces for a truly immersive experience from instructors with more than 20 years experience teaching about the night sky.

Community celebrations:

Matariki Mural at Aratoi
Sunday 3, 10, 17, and 24 July 2-4pm, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum
Celebrate Matariki with a gorgeous mural in the Wesley Wing at Aratoi and they need your help to paint it! A fun, free and wonderful way to spend quality time with the family. All ages welcome, but children do need to be supervised by an adult.

Matariki Recharge:

Wharekauhau Country Estate
Food, Family, Friends, Memories! Celebrate 'Matariki' with a long weekend country retreat. 3 nights luxury accommodation, Matariki dining experience & paired wines, evening dinners, daily country breakfast and a chilled bottle of Champagne to celebrate.

Come to the Wairarapa for a family break away!
Book your accommodation here or call our i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - they can book for you and help you with any questions.