Explore the cultural and astronomical aspects of this group of spectacular stars!
Catch the popular Matariki Dawn show, a Stardome production that looks at the cultural and astronomical aspects of Matariki, a group of spectacular stars. From the comfort of your reclined seat under the 360-degree theatre dome, you’ll fly out to Matariki, learn the Maori names of the seven visible stars, find out why we see Matariki at certain times of the year and discover why the lunar calendar is important.
Not only do you experience a Matariki flyby using the planetarium technology, the show also includes three beautifully animated Maori legends. First, watch the tale of Ranginui, the Sky Father and Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother and how their son, Tanemahuta, pushed them apart to bring light into the world. Then, listen to the story of how the shadows on the Moon came to be in the tale of Rona and the Moon. Lastly, follow the journey of Tama Rereti in the newest animated segment The Great Waka and how he created a beautiful string of stars in the night sky.
Matariki Dawn screens only several weeks a year so be sure to secure your seat by booking your tickets below or giving us a call on 09 624 1246.
Please choose a session from the list below to buy tickets securely online. Recommended family viewing, ages 6+years. Terms and Conditions can be found here.