Matariki can be seen just before dawn around the winter solstice.
We have some detailed instructions at the bottom of the page or you can watch this video.
The best place to see it is on a slightly elevated position.
Follow these steps and see if you can find Matariki.
1. If you are in New Zealand you must first find The Pot or Tautoru.
2. To the right of Tautoru you will find Takurua or Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. A clue that you found it is its bluish tint it’s a blue giant.
3. From Takurua you just draw a straight line towards your left through the bottom of the pot. Following this line, you will first find a group of stars shaped like a cone called Hyades or Taumatakuku.
4. Look further to the left in the same direction and you will see Matariki.