Welcome to the New Zealand Rocketry Association

NZRA members have one thing in common. They love rocket launches !

With the advent of Rocket Lab launching satellites into space from New Zealand we have seen a surge of interest from Kiwis keen to learn more about rocketry and educators wanting to inspire a new generation of students into maths, science and engineering.

What ever your interest in rocketry we are keen to help you in your journey. 

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UC Engineering Students Win 30,000 ft COTS Category of the Spaceport America Cup.

The team are members of the university club UC Aerospace, who successfully test flew their rocket at the NZRA launch site 25th May 2023. The team went on to compete at the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico USA, where they placed first in their category and third overall.

Team members included NZRA members Jack Davies (Mentor), Alicia Smith (Team Lead), Grayson  Spittle, James Graham, Jacob Saunders, Caleb Melchers,  Pieter Leigh, Peter Lee, Ryan Nowacki, and Anisha Satya. Other members of the team include Henry Eden-Mann, Reuben Van-Dorp, Avalon Beker, James Mun, and Nghĩa (Max) Văng.

Team Lead Alicia Smith articulated the teams journey brilliantly in this interview with Jesse Mulligan at Radio New Zealand 8th August in this article "UC engineering students 'rocketing' to success.

The Nike Team double the power of their 7.4m 277kg Nike Smoke rocket boosting it to 20,000ft at the NZRA National Launch Day 2023. 

Thanks to Dean Taylor for his excellent article and photos published here.

New Zealand Space Industry Directory


NZRA member Dominic England has setup a website to promote the New Zealand space industry.  

The site includes cool launch videos and images of New Zealand from space. 

Full Size Nike Smoke Flown National Launch day February 2020

A team of dedicated NZRA members spent months constructed New Zealand's largest amateur rocket and flew it successfully on National Launch Day 2020. For 2021 the goal is to fly higher and faster !

Explore Rocketry

Learn rocket science 

Practice safety

Get creative

Build and fly large rockets 

Three level certification

Consolidate your skills

Mentor beginners

Large custom projects

Extreme speeds

Heading for space

Keen To Get Started?

NZRA Membership 

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$30/ Year

Inspire students with practical applications for math, science and engineering?Educaton

Educational Opportunities 

Wonder Project 

I wonder how we ignite creativity in young Kiwis?

The Wonder Project is Engineering New Zealand’s free programme for schools, designed to get young Kiwis excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Sign up for the Rocket Challenge 2020

Wonder Project on Facebook 

Craig's Big Red

4 Motor Monster


Jack's Marsden 

Tallest NZ Amateur Rocket 


Emily's Pink Thing

Rocket Art


Evan's Carbon 

Bucky Ball

Craig's Dark Matter Frenzy

Joy's Pink Thing

Peter's Remote Control Rocket Glider

Rocketry and Rocket Science Introductions

NZRA Videos

Rocket Day Video


Craig's Big Red


Jack & Tony's Marsden N2000W More...

Experience a flight with this Alex's rocket camera video.