Unique Archery Adventures in Amazing Scenery

Dragon Hunt Archery Experience

Become an archer as you hunt for Dragons and lifelike archery targets while enjoying ancient NZ native bush at its finest. You’ll be crossing glistening streams, listening to the songs of native birds and sneaking between the trunks of giant trees during the Dragon Hunt. No experience needed, full training and all the high-quality traditional Archery gear is provided. So, are you ready to hunt a Dragon?

Archery Battle – Fast and Fierce

Are you ready to shoot a mate with bow and arrow? Archery Battle is our take on the game of Archery Tag – fun, fast, safe and full of action. Think of Archery Battle as a cross between Dodge Ball, Paintball and Archery. There are no painful bruises like after paintball and it’s completely safe. Great fun for teams and groups. Come out for an action-packed afternoon of adrenaline and a good dose of competitive fun.

Team Building and Work Functions

Looking for an activity to excite your team at the next corporate event? How about something that’s fun, active and a little competitive? We tailor your event to suit your needs. Compete for the best archer on our range and try your skills at lifelike archery targets or battle it out in an epic Archery battle. To mark the occasion and reward the most deserving, medals are provided to the organiser to give out to the most legendary competitor.

Have-a-Go
at Archery

Maybe you’ve always fancied having a go at Archery – feeling like the movie legends. Maybe the thought had never crossed your mind but you think it could be something you’d enjoy. Maybe you’ve done Archery before and would like somewhere to practise. Come to our range during the casual drop-in times and get first-class instructions, tips, tricks and all the traditional Archery gear you need. Come on, give it a go.

Experienced and qualifying archers can use our target range and 3D archery field course on their own for a small fee 7 days a week!

Our Most Popular Archery Adventure – The Dragon Hunt​

The Dragon Hunt Archery and Nature Experience

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If you like to experience raw New Zealand and want some action with it – this is the tour for you!

Learn to shoot the longbow and get to explore a native New Zealand forest that has been left alone by humans since the begin of time – classified as one of the most diverse nature areas on the top of the South Island: Nelson’s cleanest stream, giant towering trees, some of the largest silver ferns in NZ and an active bird life await you.

Archery challenges will keep you entertained throughout the tour: Shoot realistic looking Dragons and other targets uphill, downhill over streams, between ferns and under trees. This is archery in a whole new format and unique in New Zealand!

Your guide has 18 years of archery experience, is a certified archery coach, holds a NZ silver medal and a national archery record. You will get initial in-depth archery coaching and help to master the challenges in the forest archery course.

Free photos and highlights of special nature features are included.

Testimonials

Our visitors, young and old, local and foreign, experienced and absolute beginners alike have raved about their experience at Archery Park.

But no need to take our word for it – see for yourself what they have said:​

  •   My wife and I and two teenage sons had a fantastic archery experience with Markus the instructor and owner of the business. All beginners, I was impressed with how quickly... read more

    MattA633
    1/16/2020

      Markus really knows his stuff. We had a fantastic 4 hours. First, he taught us all the steps to shooting long bows on his range and then we went into... read more

    TeresaAlcock
    1/16/2020

      Wow, I highly recommend this to everyone and everyone. Skill, nature, fun and excitement!! Markus, you have a really amazing wee gem here and I hope everyone comes to visit.... read more

    JemJem2020
    1/14/2020
  •   Had a great time. We had all done some archery before (although it is not needed) but Markus was able to help us all improve. There was just the right... read more

    SimonNZ1998
    1/11/2020

      Markus was an excellent and patient coach, guide and host. Was lots of fun and we had an excellent experience!

    gypsyesprit
    1/07/2020

      We saved up all year for our holiday and always treat ourselves to some fun. This day was one to remember. We arrived at the park and met the guide... read more

    donnagS4702EY
    1/06/2020
  •   Markus is very knowledgeable and skilled with both archery and the walking track. He helps everyone in the trip to be proficient with the bow and arrow. All in all... read more

    nathaniel_tapnio1997
    1/05/2020

      Our family (3 experienced archers, 2 beginners) did this on a hot, windy Nelson summer day. Wind didn't affect shooting at all- very sheltered in the valley and there was... read more

    annaaJ5935JN
    1/05/2020

      Marcus was an amazing coach. Lots of time to develop good technique before taking on the dragon in the amazing native forest. I have never done archery before and my... read more

    Jet457000
    1/03/2020
  •   My wife and I and two teenage sons had a fantastic archery experience with Markus the instructor and owner of the business. All beginners, I was impressed with how quickly... read more

    MattA633
    1/16/2020
  •   Markus really knows his stuff. We had a fantastic 4 hours. First, he taught us all the steps to shooting long bows on his range and then we went into... read more

    TeresaAlcock
    1/16/2020
  •   Wow, I highly recommend this to everyone and everyone. Skill, nature, fun and excitement!! Markus, you have a really amazing wee gem here and I hope everyone comes to visit.... read more

    JemJem2020
    1/14/2020
  •   Had a great time. We had all done some archery before (although it is not needed) but Markus was able to help us all improve. There was just the right... read more

    SimonNZ1998
    1/11/2020
  •   Markus was an excellent and patient coach, guide and host. Was lots of fun and we had an excellent experience!

    gypsyesprit
    1/07/2020
  •   We saved up all year for our holiday and always treat ourselves to some fun. This day was one to remember. We arrived at the park and met the guide... read more

    donnagS4702EY
    1/06/2020

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Getting to Archery Park Nelson​​

Archery Park is only a 15-minute drive from Nelson Central. We’re located at Cable Bay Adventure Park on 194 Cable Bay Road, Nelson.

Drive 14km north from Nelson City towards Picton. Turn left into Cable Bay Road at the sign posts Cable Bay. We are 2 km down Cable Bay Road on the right-hand side – look for the Archery Park Flag and the Cable Bay Adventure Park sign.

We provide a free pickup from Nelson i-Site for all Dragon Hunt Adventure guests.

Come join us for the Archery Adventure of a Lifetime​

It's legendary!

Check Out Some of the Great Things We're Doing for our Community​

Robin Hood
Scheme

We truly believe that traditional archery has a positive effect on people of all ages. But the ones that need an adventure experience the most are often also the ones that don’t have the means for such an activity. 

That’s where our Robin Hood Scheme can help. Under the scheme, we work at cost to provide reduced rates to health and social services and community groups with a social purpose. We love to help because we care about people and the feedback we’ve received has been outstanding.

Archery
Club

Archery Park is a social business – our main objective is to grow the sport of traditional archery in Nelson and New Zealand. This passion was desperately needed to keep us motivated to deliver you the most exciting news since we have started! 

Our plan is to offer a regular weekly club session where archers get together for archery lessons on our practise and 3D archery range and to have a good old yarn about archery. We’re even planning to host upcoming competitions.

Conservation
Efforts

We love nature and the New Zealand wildlife, so we wanted to do our part for conservation from day one – with the aim to become a Carbon Negative business. Our servers are hosted green and all material is printed on recycled paper. We are also reducing the amount of foreign plant life, removing non-native weeds and aim to give our natives space to thrive.

To give birds a better chance of survival, we have started a trapping programme and we’re baiting for wasps.

School Holiday Programme

We partner regularly with local School Holiday Programme providers to allow kids to have a go at archery at Archery Park during the school holidays. But be quick, we’re usually the day that is booked out first.

We also have a lot of families visiting us during the school holidays. And what could be better than half a day outside, strolling through the bush, equipped with bow and arrows? Get in touch if you are interested to hear about options. 

About Us

The Archery Park logo stands for a long line of archers throughout the history of the world.

About Archery Park

Archery Park is dedicated to the sport of traditional archery. It is based at the Cable Bay Adventure Park and has a fully equipped target range and a 3D field archery course following a 3km course through stunning native bush.

Archery Park gets consistently rated 5* by its guests, locally and from all over the whole world. 

Beginners rave about their first experience of traditional archery and experienced archers love the setup and  passion put into the 3D field archery range.

Markus, the owner, guide and coach of Archery Park, has 18 years of experience in traditional archery and is a certified New Zealand Field Archery Coach (NZFAA). He has coached hundreds of archers and has a great talent to teach anyone the basics of archery.

 

Markus became 2nd in the 2018 3D Bowhunter Nationals and holds the current New Zealand record for highest score on a 20 * 3D archery field course with a historic bow.

He is a member of the International Field Archery Association, New Zealand Field Archery Association, Traditional Archery Society and New Zealand Bowhunter Society.

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"A great half day out, great value for money. Start out slow to get the technique right and then go for a walk through the native bush shooting targets. A great sense of achievement at the end of it...."

Scott Carpenter

Our Promise: If you don't have a great time at the Dragon Hunt, we will refund you 100% of your payment. No questions asked!

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