National Launch Day

Please check our home page for weather updates and cancellations before travelling to the launch.

National Launch Day entertaining and educating since 2001

Experience the sight and sound of New Zealand's largest amateur rockets accelerating from zero to hundreds of kilometers an hour in a few seconds. Watch rockets propelled skywards on a massive flame with the same signature crackle and roar as full-size rockets.

This annual public launch event attracts hundreds of visitors to a great family day out.

Kids or adults keen to give rocketry a go can build and launch a small rocket on the day for only $20.

Location is 1 hour 15 minutes from Auckland, 20 minutes from Hamilton.

The launch site is a Waikato paddock. Bring something to sit on and sunscreen. Food and drink fundraiser, toilets and free parking on site.

See for further details and check the front page of the website at 8 am on the day for cancellations.


  • Adults $ 25
  • Kids 5-15 $ 10

From mid-day to 4pm. Cash preferred. Limited EFTPOS available.

Don’t forget: Water, sunglasses, outdoor chairs, hats, sunblock. No pets/animals.

New Zealand Rocketry Association is a non-profit organisation.

Pre-purchased tickets will be available at EventFinder Here..

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From Auckland: Take the motorway south and continue on past Meremere and the Rangiriri Tavern until you reach the turnoff at Tahuna Rd and go left. Continue a fairly long way down Tahuna Rd, making a right turn at Rutherford Rd and continue along Rutherford Rd, turning left into Kneebone Rd. About 1km down Kneebone and you are there at Mission Control! Travel time is about 1hr from Auckland, and 40 minutes from Hamilton.

From Hamilton: Take the Gordonton turnoff from SH1 at Taupiri. Hang a left turn at Orini Rd and go down to Rutherford. Left on Rutherford and right on Kneebone and your are there at the launch site a little ways down the road!

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