"The wind speed was below our limit for a time, but unfortunately picked back up at a speed that would not support a launch on Friday. We were close once again in our processing, but the winds didn't set up in the end," said Gabe Garde, mission manager for the 2017 Wanaka Balloon Campaign.
The balloon and its science payload was expected to drift north east and begin a 100-day journey around the world.
The balloon is designed to carry a pioneering telescope to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic rays from near space.
The purpose of the flight is to test and validate the SPB technology with the goal of long-duration flight at mid-latitudes.