National Launch Day

Launch Scheduled for 9th January 2020 subject to weather and fire bans. Please check our home page for cancellations before travelling to the launch. The 2021 Flyer will be published before December 2020.

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.

Location is 1 hour 15 minutes from Auckland, 20 minutes from Hamilton on Arthur Alan Thomas's farm. Bring something to sit on and sunscreen. Toilets and free parking on site. Food and drink vendors on site.

Many large rockets will be flown on the day.

From mid-day to 4pm. Cash Cash preferred, limited eftpos available

Check the front page of this website at 8 am on the day for cancellations.

Tickets (2020 prices):

  • Adults $ 25

  • Kids 5-15 $ 10

New Zealand Rocketry Association is a not for profit community organisation.

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

Entry can be purchased at the gate or online at EventFinder Here..

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See the bottom of this page for driving instructions and map.

Build a 'have a go rocket'

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

Ready to Launch


From Auckland: Instructions below. Travel time is about 1hr 40min. 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 Rutherfurd. Left on Rutherfurd and right on Kneebone and your are there at the launch site a little ways down the road!

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From Auckland 1-2

Take the motorway south and continue on past Meremere and the Rangiriri Tavern until you reach the turnoff at Ohiniwai Tahuna. Turn left at the stop sign then straight through the roundaboout to continue for 8 minutes (11km) along Tahuna Road.

From Auckland 2-2

11km down Tahuna road turn right into Rutherfurd Road in the middle of the sweeping left hand bend (photo left). Drive for 3 minutes (4.6km) down Rutherfurd Road and then turn left into Kneebone road. Entrance to the launch site is opposite the quary hill.