Blasting good time at rocket day

ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO.  Photographs by N8N.
ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO. Photographs by N8N.

Rockets will again fire into the sky from Orini, on Sunday 5 February.

Hundreds of people have turned up in previous years to National Launch Day, which is open to the public and run by the NZ Rocket Association.

This year more than 50 members are expected to attend, launching a range of rockets.  The day runs from 12pm to 4pm, from 331 Kneebone Rd, near Huntly.

Bring something to sit on and sunscreen. Food and drink caravans, toilets and free parking on site.

Be sure to check the association’s Facebook page or website at 8am on the day for cancellations due to weather.

Rain or high winds can result in postponement to the rain dates of Monday 6 February, or failing that, Sunday 12 February.

Adults $15, children $5 with a family pass of two adults and four children $40.

Check out these pics taken by Number 8 Network.  Prepare for lift off.



National Launch Day
Craig Packard’s Big Red ready for launch.


Where?  Up there!




rocket firing


Here was another star of the show – the Launch Controller spotted this young fellow tearful, scooped him up on to his lap and let him push the button on two small rockets.  Made the little chap’s day, and many others watching.

National Launch Day


Yes, there was a pink, fur fabric, six-legged, shoe-wearing alien critter fired into the sky –


National Launch Day


Rocket kids wait their turn.  They built them, and then got to see them fly.  It was very cool.


National Launch Day


Then, at the very last, there was Craig Packard’s Big Red.  It was loud and it was explosive and yes, it was red and utterly spectacular.  (Sadly Big Red is undergoing repairs this time, but Craig himself will be present with some of his larger scale rockets, one which should fly 9500 feet in the air.)


National Launch Day

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