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 in action! Accelerating from zero to hundreds of kilometers an hour in just a few seconds, 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 fun afternoon watching rockets launch.

Kids or adults keen to give rocketry a go can build and launch a small rocket on the day from between $ 20 and $40

Location is 1 hour 15 minutes from Auckland, 20 minutes from Hamilton, in a Waikato paddock. Bring something to sit on and sunscreen. Food and drink, toilets and free parking on site.

Many large rockets will be flown on the day including a full scale Nike smoke rocket that is over six meters tall !

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

Cash preferred, limited eftpos available

New Zealand Rocketry Association is a no for profit community organisation.

Check the front page of this 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.

Entry can be purchased at the gate or online 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 (on the right half way through a left hand sweeping curve) and continue along Rutherford Rd, turning left into Kneebone Rd. About 1km down Kneebone road you will see the entry gate on the right. Travel time is about 1hr from Auckland, and 40 minutes from Hamilton. (Kneebone road is not sealed so please drive slowly on it to minimise dust)

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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