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The zoo is always a school holiday favourite, which also makes it a school holiday nightmare in terms of crowds, queues and parking. The Matariki celebratio­n, however, will be worth the effort. The domes will house Matariki-inspired digital interactiv­e installati­ons, plus visitors can try their hand at kapa haka, listen to Maori storytelli­ng, and check out the mini market with local produce, sustainabl­e products, and yummy kai. If you brave the zoo during its usual opening hours — and in winter it isn’t actually as crowded as we may have made out — there is a Matariki activity trail for kids to follow and collect the nine Matariki stars along the way.

Tonight, 5pm-8pm. Auckland Zoo, Motions Rd, Western Springs.

Entry $10 adults, kids free.

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