Matariki rises in mid-winter, bringing with it the dawn of the Māori New Year. Literally translated as the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki), traditionally the brighter the star cluster, the more plentiful the coming season's harvest.
In recent years Matariki has been more widely celebrated, with more on offer as each year passes. The Matariki Festival is the perfect mid-winter festival to light up the city - throw off those blankets and go and explore the vast array of events on offer.
Experience some of the country's best kapa haka all in one place. If you are kicking yourself that you didn't make it to Matatini this year, you're in luck.
Ngā Tūmanako, Te Mātārae I Orehu and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi are among those taking to the stage so prepare for a good night.
If you're wanting to take along a date and they're more of a sports nut, tell them it's also part of the Rugby 2017 Festival and they'll be jumping at the idea — you know they'll enjoy it once they get there of course.