A Hawke's Bay photographer has captured the shot of a lifetime of with a stunning picture of Rocket Lab's first night launch.

Mahia man Canaan Akuhata-Brown was lucky enough to be in prime position to see it launch, thanks to one of his mates who works for Rocket Lab.

"He called me saying that the rocket was being launched in about 10 minutes so I quickly rushed down to a good spot. It's lucky I only live five minutes away," he said.

He shot the rocket by taking a 30-second shot, a method which allows more light to enter in