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SPACE COAST NEW ZEALAND

Space Coast New Zealand is the part of Wairoa District coastline from which space launches can be viewed. New Zealander CEO Peter Beck who founded Rocket Lab in 2006 and chose the tip of the Māhia peninsula as the perfect spot to launch rockets from.

WHY MaHIA PENINSULA?

Launch Complex 1, opened in October 2016, is the first orbital launch site in New Zealand and the first privately operated orbital launch site globally. The remote geographic location offers a low volume of air and marine traffic and a large range of inclinations to provide services across the world. Here you can launch a rocket 95% of the year.

Rocket Lab Lift off Mahia Peninsula 2017

                                           Rocket Labs first test launch - "It's a test

WHAT WILL I SEE?

The take-off of a rocket will take place during a 4 hour launch window. The weather conditions have to be right for a rocket launch, in bad conditions the launch may be rescheduled for another day.

WHEN CAN I SEE IT?

1. TEST PHASE

  • First Test Launch - "It's a Test"
    On May 25 2017, Electron made history as the first orbital-class launch vehicle to reach space from a private launch facility. The launch, named It's a Test, was the first test launch of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket
  • Second Test Launch - "Still Testing"
    On January 21 2018, Rocket Lab reached orbit with the launch of the Electron vehicle and successfully deployed the company’s first commercial payloads. The flight, named Still Testing, marked a significant milestone in eliminating commercial barriers and ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.
  • Third Test Launch - "It's Business Time"
    The launch window for It's Business Time will run from 11 November to 19 November, with daily launch attempts between 4pm and 8pm. You can catch all the action on Rocket Lab's Livestream, which will be available on their Facebook page, website, and YouTube Channel approx. 15 minutes before a launch attempt.

2. COMMERCIAL PHASE
After testing and approval launches will occur at set take-off times.

NEXT TEST LAUNCH

The launch window for the launch of the rocket 'It's Business Time' (third test launch) will run from 11th November to 19th November 2018. There will be  daily launch attempts between 4pm and 8pm.

You can catch all the action on Rocket Lab's Livestream, which will be available on their Facebook page, website, and YouTube Channel approx. 15 minutes before a launch attempt.

 

ROCKET VIEWING SITE

Viewing in the test phase is not recommended to minimize your waiting time for the launch.

The best spot in the Wairoa District to view rocket launches from is Blucks Pit (accessible via Blucks Pit Road).

During an active launch window there will be some infrastructure available at Blucks Pit for visitors to use (toilets available). Have a family day out, enjoy the shade, picnic areas and the perfect view of the electron rocket.

 

Rocket viewing site at Blucks Pit

Where to find us

Physical Address: Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 WAIROA (924762)
+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901
isitewairoa@wairoadc.govt.nz

Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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