Cel­e­brat­ing Matariki with Pukaha

Bush Telegraph - - Eketahuna Our Town - By LAURA HUTCHIN­SON Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pukaha

Cel­e­brate Matariki at Pukaha on Satur­day June 23 from 6pm.

En­joy a shared ha¯ ngı¯ for kai, and take a hosted night walk start­ing with an in­tro­duc­tion to Matariki. We’ll search for the wild kiwi in the bush, feed the amaz­ing long-finned eel by torch light and visit the glow worms.

On our re­turn to the vis­i­tor cen­tre we share dessert and a hot drink to warm up while we en­joy a range of Matariki ac­tiv­i­ties from a rous­ing Kapa Haka per­for­mance to flax weav­ing, and moko face paint­ing. A chance to im­merse your­self in the cul­ture of te ao Ma¯ ori.

Price: $50 per adult, $20 per Matariki this year you can par­tic­i­pate in a guided night walk ev­ery Satur­day night at Pukaha. Book­ings are es­sen­tial and there is an age min­i­mum of five. May to Septem­ber is a great time to ex­pe­ri­ence Pukaha at night as it gets dark early enough to make this ad­ven­ture one the fam­ily can share.

The for­est is full of in­ter­est­ing noises at night time from kiwi call­ing to ka¯ ka¯ squawk­ing. Feed­ing the eels by head torch is a truly amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, while see­ing the glow worms light up the bank is a beau­ti­ful dis­play.

Come and ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent side to Pukaha.

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