The Matariki Festival signals the start of the Maori New Year.

Holidays in New Zealand are a great way to get back to nature.

It is a country famous for its Maori heritage, stunning scenery and adrenaline-pumping activities and a festival has just commenced that will incorporate all three.

The Matariki star cluster has shot high into the southern hemisphere sky and signals the start of a month-long period of celebration – bringing a modern twist to a centuries old tradition.

Natives of New Zealand celebrate the festival like it is New Year – as that is exactly what the interstellar movements signify in the Maori custom.

All across the country and especially in the major cities like Auckland and Wellington, special parties will ensure it is a great time to jet off on a holiday to New Zealand.

The celebrations last until July 21st and then even though the Pleiades star constellation will still be visible in the crisp night sky, the specialist parties will cease for another year.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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