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Matariki Dawn


Thu 23 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Sat 25 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Sun 26 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Wed 29 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Thu 30 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $12.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Family: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Matariki Dawn looks at cultural and astronomical aspects of this group of spectacular stars.

The show includes Maori myths and stories about the formation of the Earth, the Moon and Maori New Year. Visitors can also see the stars of Matariki close up in the planetarium and find out why they appear at certain times of the year and not at others.

The 360-degree planetarium show includes a new animated story of Rangi and Papatuanuku. The tale begins with the Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatuanuku, the earth mother locked in tight embrace. Their children forced to live in darkness, wonder what it would be like to live in the light. One son, Tane, takes it upon himself to separate the parents so the siblings can live in the light.

Show includes courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for shows. Late entry into the planetarium is not possible once the show has started.

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