Matariki (Pleiades) is the name of a kāhui whetū or star cluster as well as the name of the Māori new year.

Matariki is a time to reflect on the past and think about the years ahead, at Auckland Zoo there is no better place to do this than with nature, whānau and wildlife. We’re celebrating Matariki by inviting our communities to learn more about Te Ao Māori and our role in the future of te taiao (natural environment).

Join us for self-directed treasure hunt in Te Wao Nui, our Aotearoa habitat with over 100 native plants and 60 native species while learning about Matariki!

Te Wao Nui provides a hub to connect with nature together and encourage us to be kaitiaki for our natural world.

Make sure you stop by our Te Puna café and pick up some delectable Matariki themed kai for the whole whānau to share!

There is nothing better than a soul warming hupa huawhenua ā Matariki (vegetable soup) accompanied by a delicious fried bread to get over the winter blues. All made with aroha at Te Puna!

Wondering how to help your tamariki understand Matariki?

Our amazing Conservation Learning team have put together a 15-minute drop-in session for presenter led programme where tamariki and whānau can learn about animals and conservation through play, kanikani and waiata! Available from 10 and 10.30 for children under 5 from June 20th – 24th. 

Tamariki Time