Amazing Archery Adventures

Experience the famous Dragon Hunt, Have-A-Go, private coaching or a party.
Try Archery Battle for an adrenaline rush or use our 3D course for your archery training.

“Wow, I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Skill, nature, fun and excitement!!” – Trip Advisor Review

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  • Dragon Hunt Archery Experience
    Operating and all go!
  • Community Archery Have A Go
    Running on Sundays 10am to 12.30pm. Please sign in when you arrive.
  • Private Have A Go and Coaching Lessons
    Running as usual – private bookings only.
  • Team Building, Birthday Parties, Teams
    Depends on group size and your teams situation. Please contact us to discuss.
  • Self Guided Access
    Open for all traditional and recurve archers. Use the information board in the Adventure Park reception window for your ticket purchase and an updated map.
  • Archery Battle
    Running as usual – private bookings only.

Nelson's Only 3D Archery Range & Tours

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?

Have-a-Go, Archery Lessons & Birthday Parties

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 practice. Come to our range during the casual drop-in times, book a lesson or bring a team for a fun birthday event. Coaching and all the traditional Archery gear you need is always included. Come on, give it a go.

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.

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.

Visit our Online Archery Shop

Would you like your own archery equipment? Visit our Online Shop for traditional archery gear. We ship NZ wide and to Australia, provide 2 years warranty and all In-Stock item are physically in our shop in Nelson. To test equipment – please arrange a time as our shop is run from home and no shop items are at our archery ranges.

Join the Nelson 3D & Field Archery Club

Do you love archery? Do you want to do it regularly? Do you want to meet other archers? Join the Club!

Guest Archers & Training Facilities

Archery Park welcomes qualifying traditional and recurve archers to use our facilities for training and fun. Purchase your ticket with your smartphone from the information board in the Adventure Park Reception window. You can use our 3D course and/or practice range. Please make yourself familiar with our rules and regulations before you visit. Access is possible during Cable Bay Adventure Park opening times.

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Our Most Popular Archery Adventure – The Dragon Hunt​

The Dragon Hunt Archery and Nature Experience

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 & Reviews

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:​

  • star rating  Brilliant day. So much more than aiming at bulls eyes when we got into the bush to fire at animal targets. If you enjoy the outdoors and a social challenge... read more

    ChrisF5286
    5/25/2021

    star rating  Markus shared his love of archery and the native Bush of Cable Bay. After a brief introduction to archery we went in search of the elusive dragons. A great way... read more

    rblovell
    5/16/2021

    star rating  We had an amazing time doing archery with Marcus. He was such a knowledgeable and experienced person and made the whole time fun. It was an awesome set up and... read more

    JudeK115
    5/09/2021
  • star rating  Such an awesome experience! Markus is an excellent teacher, and everyone felt confident and saw great improvement over the day. Highly recommend this experience for anyone, was challenging both for... read more

    Aprilclarkie
    5/02/2021

    star rating  We had an amazing time at Archery Park Nelson. Only a short drive from Nelson, the dragon hunt proved to be the best place for a dad & son... read more

    From-AKL
    5/02/2021

    star rating  We loved our dragon hunt at the archery park.
    I took my 11 year old son and 70 something year old dad, the bush walk is amongst gorgeous native bush,... read more

    Sightsee58324
    4/25/2021
  • star rating  My daughter and I had a fantastic time at Archery Park. We liked our private lesson so much we came back for a ‘Dragon Hunt’ the next day. Markus is... read more

    Iris H
    4/23/2021

    star rating  Definately recommend for anyone who is interested at all, great to see the native bush and the archery was great fun. great instruction, just overall an awesome experience

    LachyP1993
    4/13/2021

    star rating  Me, my teenage son and his friends had such a fun day with Markus on the dragon hunt. His instructions and practice beforehand were gold – really valuable and interesting.... read more

    Shelley001NZ
    2/15/2021
  • star rating  Brilliant day. So much more than aiming at bulls eyes when we got into the bush to fire at animal targets. If you enjoy the outdoors and a social challenge... read more

    ChrisF5286
    5/25/2021
  • star rating  Markus shared his love of archery and the native Bush of Cable Bay. After a brief introduction to archery we went in search of the elusive dragons. A great way... read more

    rblovell
    5/16/2021
  • star rating  We had an amazing time doing archery with Marcus. He was such a knowledgeable and experienced person and made the whole time fun. It was an awesome set up and... read more

    JudeK115
    5/09/2021
  • star rating  Such an awesome experience! Markus is an excellent teacher, and everyone felt confident and saw great improvement over the day. Highly recommend this experience for anyone, was challenging both for... read more

    Aprilclarkie
    5/02/2021
  • star rating  We had an amazing time at Archery Park Nelson. Only a short drive from Nelson, the dragon hunt proved to be the best place for a dad & son... read more

    From-AKL
    5/02/2021
  • star rating  We loved our dragon hunt at the archery park.
    I took my 11 year old son and 70 something year old dad, the bush walk is amongst gorgeous native bush,... read more

    Sightsee58324
    4/25/2021

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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.

Archery Park is part of the Cable Bay Adventure Park!

Make a day out of your visit to Archery Park by exploring the other amazing activities at the same location and refuel at our local Cafe.

A popular choice is to combine the Skywire experience with the Dragon Hunt. Take an adrenaline ride high above our hunting grounds!

Take a ride on the Skywire and fly high above the Dragon Hunt forest archery course.

Check Out Some Of The Things We're Doing In 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.

Nelson 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. 

An Overview Of Our Activities

Our Promise: If you don't have a great time at any of our activities we will refund you 100% - no questions asked!

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS CALL US ON 03-398 8043

Dragon Hunt Experience

archery couple with longbows at archery park nelson at the dragon hunt archery experience

Our 5 star rated half day adventure tour. Learn to shoot the longbow and afterwards go into our forest archery range to hunt Dragons and other lifelike looking archery targets.

From $99 per adult. Group and family discounts available.

Have-A-Go, Lessons and Birthday Parties

people at an archery target at Archery Park Nelson

Want to test your skills or learn the tricks of the trade? Our Have-A-Go sessions or  private archery lessons will be for you.

Stuck what to do for your birthday, stag or hens do? Book an archery party with us!

Starting at only $30 per person.

Team Building Events

We tailor your archery team building event to suit your needs.

Suitable for the first time archer as well as experienced archers!

Bring your team along for an action-packed afternoon of competitive fun here at Archery Park

Starting at only $40 per person.

Archery Battle

Archery Battle game in progress

Archery Battle: Fast and Fierce.

Player VS Play Archery Action!

A fast paced action archery team game.

The perfect alternative to paintball!

Training Facilities for Archers

Beginners Course Traditional Archery Mobile Hero

Experienced archers can use our target and 3D course archery ranges on their own.

Day tickets and concession cards are available. A one off pre-registration is required to comply with H&S requirements.

Rental archery equipment is available for previous guests that don’t have their own bow and arrow yet.

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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!

ONLINE BOOKINGS CLOSE 12 HOURS BEFORE TOURS START. FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS CALL US ON 03-398 8043

"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...."