The Subaru Guide to Matariki

You’re probably aware of Matariki, the celebration of Māori New Year marked by the return of the Matariki star cluster to our skies every year in Pipiri - June/July.

You may not be aware that in Japan the cluster is called Subaru. Just look at our cars, that’s it proudly displayed on our badge. It’s no wonder Subarus feel right at
home in Aotearoa.

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Subarus have always helped Kiwis explore the land and we want to help you navigate your way around the sky too, and celebrate Matariki with us.

The best way to see the stars is out of the city, and the best way to get there is in a Subaru. You may know the roads, but it can be difficult navigating the stars, so we’ve created this simple star map to help guide you.

Guide to Matariki


First, get up extra early and drive out to your favourite stargazing spot. Then, locate Tautoru, (the three stars of Orion’s Belt, or as us Kiwis call it ‘The Pot’). From here, draw an imaginary line through Tautoru, heading north until you arrive at Matariki.

Map to Matariki

Map to Matariki

Download your own map to Matariki to head out to your favourite stargazing spot to seek out Matariki in the night sky. 

Download Matariki Map
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The stars of Matariki

Find out more about the different stars that make up Matariki.

Learn the stars