Nelson 3D & Field Archery Club

"In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself." — Confuzius

About the Nelson 3D Archery Club

The longbow is the purest form of archery - no sights and no modern technology

To Grow the Sport of Traditional and 3D Archery in New Zealand

The Nelson 3D Archery Club was the driving idea behind Archery Park.

It’s founder has been dreaming of a large 3D field archery range in Nelson ever since he moved here. The idea was to create a space that is accessible daily and year round to anyone interested in archery, in the outdoors and in spending quality time with family and friends. 

It became a slightly bigger undertaking than originally thought and has now grown into a Social and Eco-Friendly Business to sustain the costs of the 3D and Target Range and the life of its founder.

We run our club a bit different – dependent on your interests we have different membership rates available.

What We Offer To Club Members

In co-operation with Cable Bay Adventure Park we are in the unique position to allow our club members year round daily access to the archery facilities! 

Our membership includes:

  • Free use of the archery target range with targets setup from 10m to 45m (members can’t use the target range during Archery Park private events), 
  • free monthly meetup and 3D shoot with all club members (every last Saturday of the month at 10am),
  • daily use of the field archery range with currently 18 * 3D targets situated along a walking track in some of the most stunning native bush and along a crystal clear stream for a very small fee,
  • a place to talk archery, get advice on bows, arrows and equipment and to learn all about traditional archery.
Archery Park Nelson learn hot to shoot lifelike archery targets in realistic environments
A 3D archery range uses lifelike looking archery targets in an outdoor setting
Working bee to install a new 3D archery target at Archery Park Nelson
Help shaping the 3D range with your ideas

What We Expect From Our Club Members

Nelson’s 3D Archery Club is a little bit different in that it is a privately owned entity under Archery Park. So our members must understand and support that selling archery adventures is how Archery Park, the 3D course, the target range and all its infrastructure is funded.

In return we can offer rates similar to other archery clubs in New Zealand but with the bonus of daily access.

Apart from that, you’ll enjoy the same fun as in any other archery club:

  • Be a member of one of the greatest sports in the world
  • Socialise with archers of all levels
  • Stay safe by following all health and safety rules and all procedures
  • Improve the experience and grow the 3D course by supporting working bees and taking care of the facilities
  • Enjoy supporting the hosting of archery tournaments
  • Become a steward for the environment by helping with track maintenance and pest control

How to Join the Club

Use our target range with targets from 10m to 45m at any day of the week

Join Us​

To join the Nelson Field Archery Club we have a simple 4 step process:

  1. Complete the registration process (click here)
  2. Pay your membership fee.
  3. Join our Facebook group for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clubarcheryparknelson
  4. Attend our next monthly Meetup for your induction (every last Saturday of the month at 10am)

You must attend one Monthly Meetup for your induction even if you have your own equipment and are an experienced archer. We will cover access procedures, health and safety rules and a visit of the archery facilities. It is mandatory before self-access can be granted.

Allowed archery equipment:

Currently only longbows and recurve bows and arrows with field points are allowed. 

Compound bows, crossbows and arrows with broadheads are not allowed. Please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay informed on any changes to this policy.

Annual Membership Fees

Your membership fee consists of 20% management fee for the Cable Bay Adventure Park, contributions to the target range maintenance, ground maintenance, insurance and administration.

Memberships go from 1 May to 30 April. 

Special type memberships are subject to confirmation and may be revoked if the level of engagement is too low.

Membership is pro-rata, please wait for your invoice before you pay.

Man shooting the longbow at Archery Park Nelson
Just like on a golf course, members can go shooting on the 3D range any day of the week

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Begin Your Journey​

Please complete the form below. We will be in touch to complete your membership signup process.

Not Sure If Joining Our Club Is For You?

Not sure if joining our Archery Club is for you?

We get it. Joining a club can feel like a bit of a commitment especially if you’re new to archery! We offer two options to check us out, depending on your experience level:

If you have some archery experience and your own gear:

Bring your bow and arrow and join us on one of our monthly meetups. They take place every last Saturday of the month at 10am. We meet at the target range and afterwards go into the 3D course in several small groups. 

If you are completely new and have no gear:

If you want to check Archery Park out first, get some first class training, all required archery gear and a full tour of Archery Park then go ahead and book our Dragon Hunt Archery Adventure.

You will know for sure if you want to come back for more afterwards! 

Just click here: Dragon Hunt Experience

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. Turn left into Cable Bay Road at the sign post to 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.

Please note that you must park at the Adventure Park car park. You are not allowed to drive further into the park.