Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Puia. Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure time.
Te Puia will be open from 4.30am and we encourage guests to arrive at Carpark 2, at the Hemo Road & Old Taupo Road roundabout. Electric shuttles will be running from 4.30am to transfer guests to the main entrance.
Kaumatua and people using wheelchairs can park or be dropped off at the main Te Puia car park.
To help our team welcome guests efficiently, please remember to have your Eventbrite ticket ready for scanning on arrival.
Te Whakaruruhau is our large, covered event space where guests will be invited to wait prior to the introduction to the morning’s proceedings.
At the appropriate time, everyone will be invited into the space where the Hautapu will take place. There will be a limited amount of seating for kaumatua, and the forecast is for 8 degrees Celsius with a slight wind chill, so please dress warm.
We ask that you do not use your phone during the ceremony. It’s a time to be in sync with nature and disconnect from physical materials to reconnect with our taiao.
There is still some availability to enjoy a Matariki breakfast at Te Puia’s Pātaka Kai restaurant after the ceremony, you can view the menu and book your Matariki Breakfast here to avoid disappointment.
Below are four Matariki-inspired recipes that will help you celebrate the occasion at home, and get a deeper connection to what its rising is all about.