Archery Battle – Fast and Fierce
Draw – Aim – Shoot – Win! A fast paced action archery team game. The perfect alternative to paintball!
“You can shoot at your colleagues! What’s a better way of improving team chemistry than shooting foam arrows at each other?” – Trip Advisor Review
Shoot Your Friends With Bow And Arrow
A competitive, fun and fast archery action game that puts all your skills to the test.
Think of Archery Battle as a cross between Dodge Ball, Paintball and Archery. Perfect to blow of steam for families, friends, groups and work colleagues.
- Epic battles with bow and arrows
- Safety arrows with foam tips and safety masks provided
- Introduction into archery included
- No messy paint and less pain than Paintball
- You will want to come back for more
Archery Battle is Archery Parks take on the popular game of Combat Archery. Varieties exist under the brands Archery Tag, Archery Attack, Dodge Bow and others.
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The Archery Battle Game
Epic archery battles await you
How is Archery Battle played?
Archery Battle is a team sport where you shoot safety arrows at each other.
Two teams are engaged in an epic battle with up to 12 players playing at the same time. For more than 12 players we will form more teams to play against each other in rotation.
In order to win you either eliminate all other players or knock out all the disks from your opponents target, but on’t forget to protect your target and your team mates from becoming decimated.
Not all is lost when you get hit, though: Watch your team and when they knock out a disk from your opponents target or catch an arrow mid air you will be allowed back on.
We let you play as many rounds as you can fit in 1 1/2 hours.
An introduction into archery will be provided by our Master Archer, and you get the time to work on your skills before you go on the battle field. No experience in archery is required.
The Archery Battle Field
The total playing field is 10m*25m.
Each team has their own half of 10m * 10m and defends their players and their target against the opponent team.
Separating the teams is a 5m wide no-mans land in which all arrows are placed at the beginning of each match.
Barrels provide necessary cover for you to load your bow and to take cover from arrows flying your way.
The Archery Battle arena from above
Archery Battle Safety Equipment
Archery Battle players ready for action
Play with the Very Best Archery Gear
The Archery Park team is dedicated to traditional archery. All the gear for our guests is carefully selected and tuned to perfection. We wanted to provide the same experience for our Archery Battle Gear.
Archery Battle Bows
Bows used for Archery Battle need to be super strong: they need to survive hits by arrows at full draw or the occasiobal slam against a cover or the ground. We selected bows from a manufacturer that has been making bows for this game for a really long time and supplies them world wide.
At 24 pound draw weight they can be used by almost everybody but still pack a punch strong enough to be feltwhen you’re getting hit.
Archery Battle Arrows
We set us two objectives for the arrows: 1) The arrows needed to be extra safe! and 2.) The arrows needed to be extra accurate!
We found our arrows in Germany: Extra precise and extra safe. They are consistently rated for their safety in this sport. Each arrow is insured for $5million by the manufacturer, they fly straight for 50m and we hit bulls eye with them every single time (well nearly every time, we have bad days, too).
Archery Battle Masks
We equip every archer with a real paint ball mask by German manufacturer Dye. The mask must be worn at all times while on the field. If a mask is certified for Paintball then it is guaranteed to work for Archery Battle.
We also equip everyone with an armguard to reduce the impact of any string slap.
A Well Meant Warning
Cheap safety arrows can break into sharp pieces or the thin arrow shaft can pierce through the foam head. Both is known to cause serious injuries!
To prevent this problem all our arrows have an impact distributing plate inside which stops the shaft from piercing through the foam head. In addition our shaft material, which already is extremely hard to break, will never break into sharp pieces but will resemble a soft brush. For the perfect safety package the nock ends of our arrows are rounded.
The inner view of an Archery Battle arrow foam head.
Costs and Duration
Costs for Archery Battle
Costs per player are $35.00 – there are no further costs like in Paintball for more ammunition.
We require a minimum of 8 (4 vs. 4) players per booking.
We let you play as many matches as you can fit in a 1 1/2 hours.
There are no hidden costs and you don’t have to buy extra arrows as you will never run out – just pick them up and shoot them back.
More than 12 players:
If you like to play with more than 12 players we will form additional teams that play in rotation or use subs.
Game time will be extended by 20mins for each extra team.
Archery Battle is fast, fierce and fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
The details of Archery Battle
Who can play?
The minimum age for Archery Battle is 10 years. We will require guardian supervision and a waiver signed by parents for anyone under the age of 16.
A minimum level of fitness is required as you will need to draw a bow again and again and will be moving on the field in order to avoid being hit by arrows.
What to bring and wear?
Archery Battle is an active game. Just wear clothes you would normally wear while doing sports and you will be fine. Some good trainers will be helpful for better traction on the grass. Jewelry and piercings should be removed or covered. You should consider bringing a water bottle.
Does it hurt?
Everyone’s reception of pain is different. In our own experience it feels a bit like being hit by a tennis ball thrown at medium speed. People tell us that they’re surprised by how little they feel the arrow, just enough to know you need to go off the field. It’s definitely a much nicer experience than being hit by a paintball bullet.
If the forecast is for severe rain we may cancel games and issue a full refund. We can play in light drizzle as long as you’re up for it. But note that wet grass is more slippery than dry grass and we don’t take any responsibility for sport injuries caused by slipping or tripping.
Is it safe?
Combat Archery, and therefore Archery Battle, has a low risk profile. We equip every player with a paintball mask to avoid injuries to the face and provide an armguard to prevent string slap. Our safety arrows are world class and our equipment is well tuned and checked before and after each booking. We will give a health and safety briefing before the game starts and will provide basic archery instructions. This will make for a safe game but some risks remain.
Is there still some risk?
While we take due care to make Archery Battle safe, we don’t take liability if game rules are not followed by players or masks are removed during the game.
There is also a risk of normal sport injuries as they may happen in any other team sport like football, netball, volleyball etc. of which you must be aware and accept the likes of.
There is a small risk that you may fall on to your or someone else’s bow, that you may get hit by an arrow shaft, broken arrow or the arrow nock causing an injury. By playing Archery Battle you do accept those risks as yours.
Our staff have a valid 1st Aid certification and a 1st aid kit on site, but we intend to never needing it.
All ages: We had Archery Battle players from 10 to 75 years of age!
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:
This is a great activity for everyone who wants to see the nature surrounding Nelson and still have some action!
Markus is a very good teacher and you will notice... read more
October 31, 2022
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
August 1, 2022
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
July 24, 2022