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. Visit our FACEBOOK group for the latest news.
National Launch Day brings rocket enthusiasts together from all over the country to fly their latest creations. The event is run in February, weather permitting, for a small entry fee. The National Launch Day event will run between mid-day and 4pm on a Sunday 7 tn February. Taupiri is 1 hour 15 minutes from Auckland. Kids and adults can build and fly a 'have a go rocket' on the day. Event details and pre-purchased tickets will be available at Eventfinder from September 2020.
UC Aerospace - Student Rocket Science takes off in Christchurch
University of Canterbury group UC Aerospace is the place to be right now if you are a budding rocket scientist. Their founding members including NZRA member Jack Davies are running a high energy organisation that has helped 14 teams build level 1 1/4 Patriot rockets and launch them with 100% success rate. UC Aerospace students are also building level 2 and level 3 scratch built rockets with custom rocket electronics and composites. UC Aerospace successfully launched a two stage sounding rocket and came second in the Australian AURC air brake target altitude competition. Checkout their Facebook page and website
Build the same level 1 rocket using the 'quick build' method here. Quick Build 1/4 Patriot
Full Size Nike Smoke Flown National Launch day February 2021
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 !
Latest Video January 2020
NZRA Member Stuart Lloyd has done a brilliant job capturing rockets in flight with his drone at the January Members Launch.
Keen To Get Started?
Rocketry and Rocket Science Introductions
Craig's Dark Matter Frenzy
Joy's Pink Thing
Peter's Remote Control Rocket Glider