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

Here for Gear?

Nelson's Only 3D Archery Range & Tours

From 27 July ’22 to 11 September ’22 we only offer our Sunday Have A Go sessions. Click for details. Online bookings are open for all activities from 12 September onwards.

Here for Gear? Visit our Archery Online Shop!

Visit our Online Shop for quality 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 for super fast delivery. To test equipment please schedule a time.

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?

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, 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.

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.

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  Went in July 2022 with my wife. This is HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!! Truly an unforgettable highlight in our trip to New Zealand, and no prior bow experience needed.

    Markus is... read more

    sekai33
    August 1, 2022

    star rating  This is a MUST DO activity for the family or group of friends when in Nelson. We did the Dragon Hunt with our expert guide Markus who had all of... read more

    Greg F
    July 24, 2022

    star rating  Awesome experience, from the cafe to the lessons. Marcus is a patient and skilled instructor. An amazing hike through native bush. Highly recommend! Stop reading reviews and just book!

    70sagek
    May 25, 2022
  • star rating  Marcus was brilliant!
    Gave to us the enough tips to improve a lot in only 4 hours!
    Also he always keep and eye on us doing little adjustment our technique... read more

    bullseyeLionel
    May 24, 2022

    star rating  This was a really fun experience. From starting out at the archery range to then heading into the lovely forest. We all improved, but the point was really to have... read more

    JenLouK
    May 17, 2022

    star rating  Wow we had so much fun. Marcus was a fabulous instructor. My teenager and I came away buzzing. Lovely bush with plenty of bird life too. Highly recommended.

    pennyk839
    May 2, 2022
  • star rating  This is our second Dragon Hunt trip with Markus. We loved the first time and were not disappointed in a return trip a few years later. Markus is a... read more

    LizMangan
    May 2, 2022

    star rating  Marcus was a great instructor, patient at teaching and attentive to give us guidance for the best results. The course was a great combination of nature walk and dragon hunting.... read more

    wailid2022
    April 26, 2022

    star rating  Marcus was a great instructor, patient at teaching and attentive to give us guidance for the best results. The course was a great combination of nature walk and dragon hunting.... read more

    Wai Li D
    April 1, 2022
  • star rating  Went in July 2022 with my wife. This is HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!! Truly an unforgettable highlight in our trip to New Zealand, and no prior bow experience needed.

    Markus is... read more

    sekai33
    August 1, 2022
  • star rating  This is a MUST DO activity for the family or group of friends when in Nelson. We did the Dragon Hunt with our expert guide Markus who had all of... read more

    Greg F
    July 24, 2022
  • star rating  Awesome experience, from the cafe to the lessons. Marcus is a patient and skilled instructor. An amazing hike through native bush. Highly recommend! Stop reading reviews and just book!

    70sagek
    May 25, 2022
  • star rating  Marcus was brilliant!
    Gave to us the enough tips to improve a lot in only 4 hours!
    Also he always keep and eye on us doing little adjustment our technique... read more

    bullseyeLionel
    May 24, 2022
  • star rating  This was a really fun experience. From starting out at the archery range to then heading into the lovely forest. We all improved, but the point was really to have... read more

    JenLouK
    May 17, 2022
  • star rating  Wow we had so much fun. Marcus was a fabulous instructor. My teenager and I came away buzzing. Lovely bush with plenty of bird life too. Highly recommended.

    pennyk839
    May 2, 2022

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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 and are a Carbon Neutral 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. 

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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

PLEASE NOTE: Group of 1 price are where there is only one guest – where we can join you to a group we will refund you the difference to the 2 to 4 per person group rate on the day of the trip.

"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...."