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Ngā Whetū o Aotea Motairehe Matariki

Enjoy a traditional Māori cultural experience with Ngā Whetū o Aotea at Motairehe Marae on Aotea / Great Barrier Island. There is only one place on the Island where you can be welcomed onto a traditional marae and take part in an unforgettable pōwhiri (official Māori welcome), share a hāngī meal and climb a hill to stargaze over the ocean.

Everyone is welcome to come and share food, stories and stargaze. Stay overnight and join the community for breakfast in the morning, while sitting by the fire and sharing the warmth of some great company and food.

Fri 2 July
4pm–5pm: Gather together
5pm–9pm: Community dinner at Orama
9pm–5am: Stay at Motairehe Marae or go home

Sat 3 July
5am–8.30am: Gather at Whangapoua for dawn ceremony and stargazing
8.30am–3pm: Art activities, rongoā, weaving hāngī baskets, planting, maramataka, Maha Taonga o Aotea, Tū Mai Taonga 
3pm–5pm: Hangī dinner and waiata with the tamariki
5pm: Movie night

Suitable for: All ages

When: Fri 2 July at 3pm – Sat 3 July

Where: Motairehe Marae, 101 Motairehe Road

Cost: Free

  • Family Friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Free event