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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?

At the moment no exact dates have been confirmed for the second test launch of the Electron Rocket. So far two phases have been identified:

1. TEST PHASE
Three test flights will occur. There will be a public notice, but due to the nature of testing planned take-offs could be postponed or re-scheduled.

The first successful test flight took place on 25 May 2017.

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

SECOND TEST LAUNCH

The Second Test Launch of the rocket 'Still Testing' successfully took place on 21 January 2018.

To watch the live stream please click here.

For more information about the test launch visit Rocket Labs Facebook page or the Rocket Lab website.

 

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

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

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