An Archery Eco-Adventure 30,000 years in the making

Experience raw New Zealand, learn to shoot the longbow and stalk Dragons with bow and arrow - all in half a day!

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

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.

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About Archery Park

Prepare for the Best Half-Day Archery Outdoor Adventure in NZ​

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

  • Build a new connection with yourself and nature through this unique archery adventure.
  • Experience the beauty of shooting a longbow which requires only your focus and body to hit the target.
  • Detox from your busy digital life, breathe deeply and rest assured that we will take free photos for you.
  • Receive plenty of archery lessons from our certified and experienced coach that will make this a great adventure for first time and experienced archers.
  • Explore the amazing scenery of our park, which is part of the last few remaining 5% of ancient virgin New Zealand native forests.
  • You will learn how to shoot at lifelike fantasy and game archery targets that are hiding along a tramping trail throughout the bush – an archery experience like no other!
  • Breath deeply as you walk under towering trees, cross crystal-clear streams and listen to an abundance of bird life.
  • Everything is taken care of – all archery equipment, including real longbows, arrows and a leather quiver, are provided. We will pick you up at the reception or even give you a free ride from the Nelson i-Site.
  • And there is more: Every Dragon Hunter automatically qualifies to return and shoot at Archery Park with a day ticket on their own (click for more info).

The Ultimate Vegan Hunting Experience

A great instructor, heaps of fun and walk through beautiful NZ native (That rivals many paid bush tours). For the time and effort you get, great value for money too.

Adam gave a great testimonial to Archery Park Nelson
Russel Adams

Imagine...

Woman focusing on intuitive traditional archery in a native forest in Nelson, New Zealand

Learn how to hit the spot using your body and mental focus

Learning To Trust Your Instincts...

You might be thinking that instinctive archery takes years to master, but we show you the right posture, how to hold and draw the bow, and before you know it you will have started your journey into instinctive archery.

You will develop the ability to shoot your arrow into the exact spot you’re mentally focusing on. While this technique takes a lot of practise to master, we always see great results with our training method and you will feel the rush of adrenaline as you see your arrows hit their mark.

... and Shooting a Real Longbow​

You will shoot feathered arrows with a real longbow and look and feel like a pro with your armguard and quiver. Just like your favourite fantasy figures from the movies… 

We have gone to great lengths to find longbows suitable for beginners, as we want you to have the best experience. The arrows are custom made to be a perfect match for the bows. The Archery Park gear for guests is maintained to the same standard as our own personal archery gear.

Man checking out a traditional longbow at Archery Park Nelson

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

Experience archery on a whole new level with our special 3D archery targets

... at Lifelike Game and Fantasy Targets

Special archery targets in various shapes and sizes await you thoughtfully placed throughout the park. Shoot at targets in the shape of a boar or rabbit and meet some marvelous fantasy creatures like Dragons.

... in Spectacular Native New Zealand Forest

Follow a short tramping track along Nelson’s cleanest stream that leads into over 120 hectares of pristine native bush and enter a forgotten world.

Miraculously missed by generations, you’ll experience a New Zealand forest that remains in a pre-human state and is part of the rare last 5% of New Zealand virgin forests. Walk under Totara and Maitai trees that are hundreds of years old and tower high above the forest and shoot between silver-ferns that are among some of the tallest around.

Our trapping program ensures that you will get close to New Zealand bird life, with Bellbirds, Robins, Tuis, Kereru and Fantails abundant. And if you’re lucky we will spot a pair of the extremely rare native NZ Falcon that calls this place home.

Relax in some of Nelson’s finest nature and leave civilization behind.

People learning about trees and the New Zealand flora and fauna

Get up close to fully grown Silver Ferns, 1000 year old Maitai and Totara trees and learn about NZ nature

Tour participants learn how to shoot the longbow

Learn all the archery skills required from our certified archery coach at the practice range before facing dragons and other creatures

...and being Trained By An Experienced and Certified Archery Coach

Your trusty guide and archery coach is long time longbow archer Markus. He has been practising the sport for over 18 years and has now made his life-long dream a reality by opening Archery Park to share with you his passion and knowledge in this beautifully tranquil park.

Markus is a certified NZFAA community archery coach, has built his own bows and arrows and has trained hundreds of archers. He is actively involved in the professional field archery sport. He has won and organised several archery tournaments and recently won the silver medal in his division in the 2018 NZFAA Bowhunter Nationals. He also holds the current NZ record with the highest score shot at a 20 * 3D archery target tournament with a historic bow.

Markus is a member of the Traditional Archery Society, the New Zealand Field Archery Association (NZFAA) and the New Zealand Bowhunter Society (non-hunting, but enjoying their tournaments). He has also been an administrator for one of Europe’s largest traditional archery internet discussion boards.

... to Return and Practice any Time You Want with a Day Ticket in Future

All Dragon Hunters automatically qualify to shoot at the 3D archery range and target archery range at Archery Park on their own with a day ticket.

Bring your new learned skills to the next level with regular training sessions and meet more archers. Or just enjoy the option of coming back whenever you feel the urge to shoot some arrows.

5 trip pass to shoot at Archery Park on your own

Become a qualified archer that can shoot at Archery Park on their own

Costs, Start Times and Duration

Costs, Starting Times and Duration

Costs

Starting Times

Tours run every day and twice a day during busy season. Just choose the day and start time that suits you best in our online booking system.

It is essential to book in advance as all tours are by arrangement only and are limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Please be on time as we will all depart together.

Please Note: Our minimum age is 10 years. All children under 16 years must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times. The accompanying adult must participate in the activity.

Duration

This is a half day adventure. Please plan 3 to 4 hours for this and be prepared by reading through our recommended pack-list below.

Great Value For Money

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 Enjoyment Guarantee:

If you don’t have an epic time at the Dragon Hunt, and are not completely happy with your experience, we will refund you 100% of your payment. No questions asked!

An Outdoor Archery Adventure That You Will Never Forget

Stream crossing at Archery Park Nelson

Exploring untamed nature, walking unformed tracks and maybe even crossing streams is all part of your archery adventure

Your adventure pack list

What to wear

All you need is a pair of sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothes and a sense of adventure. Our unique forest archery adventure takes place along a 3 km track with uneven ground and may include stream crossings using only a rope handrail and boulder hopping. Jandals (flip-flops) are not appropriate footwear!

What to bring

Bring sunscreen and insect repellent, water and a snack – carry it in a small backpack so that you have your hands free for your bow.

Carry your emergency medication if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings or anything else you might encounter outdoors. And please advise us about this when you book.

Can you do it?

You need to be fit enough to walk an outdoor track of about 3km which has uneven, unformed, steep, muddy and narrow sections. It can be slippery in places.

But we do not expect you to know anything about archery as we will give a full archery coaching session at the start of your adventure.

Important information

Minimum age

The Dragon Hunt Archery Adventure is suitable for kids from the age of 10 onward. They must be able to walk for ca. 3km and be able to spend 3 hours outside in the bush as we can’t return to base in the middle of the tour. Children must be accompanied by a guardian that must also participate in the archery experience.

If they are under the age of 10 but have experience in archery or are fit and very coordinated from other sports we may agree to their participation, but contact us before you make your booking so that we can assess the situation.

Bad weather cancellations

Heavy rain and strong winds severely affect arrow flight and can create risks on our tramping tracks. Should we have to cancel a session because of a bad weather, we will try our very best to advise you on the day before your booking at around 5 pm. A full refund will be issued. 

Do it, it’s a lot of fun

Do it, it’s a lot of fun. Marcus is friendly and has a passion for archery and that shows during this lifelike experience. Not your typical range by no means. A+

daniel archeryparknelson testimonial
Daniel Leckie

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:​

  •   Marcus was amazing - we were in a stunning forest with new found archery skills. Would definitely recommend and will come back with the whole family for another go.

    moanagirl45
    2/20/2020

      Our party of four (ages 25, 57, 57, and 84) had such fun at the dragon hunt today. Markus was a knowledgable, fun, and passionate instructorguide who clearly loves what... read more

    lizcha
    2/17/2020

      Went on a mother/daughter experience together. We had plenty of time to get our skills perfected enough on the targets before going 'bush'. With only a small group and excellent... read more

    Anamol123
    2/14/2020
  •   The Dragon hunt archery was a great experience. You really get the feeling of being a lone hunter surving in the jungle. A great mix between shooting bows and hiking... read more

    BigBen98
    2/05/2020

      Took the younger brother out to the forest to shoot some dragons with longbows.... Enough said! Had a blast and Markus is really knowledgable and a great teacher. You will... read more

    benseelen
    2/03/2020

      Headed out with some mates for a morning session with Markus. This would have to be the most fun I have had in a long time. By the end of... read more

    jimsimnz
    1/27/2020
  •   We spent a decent half a day at the archery park in a group of five, with Markus. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and fun to work with. Plenty of... read more

    KeeganF1875
    1/23/2020

      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
  •   Marcus was amazing - we were in a stunning forest with new found archery skills. Would definitely recommend and will come back with the whole family for another go.

    moanagirl45
    2/20/2020
  •   Our party of four (ages 25, 57, 57, and 84) had such fun at the dragon hunt today. Markus was a knowledgable, fun, and passionate instructorguide who clearly loves what... read more

    lizcha
    2/17/2020
  •   Went on a mother/daughter experience together. We had plenty of time to get our skills perfected enough on the targets before going 'bush'. With only a small group and excellent... read more

    Anamol123
    2/14/2020
  •   The Dragon hunt archery was a great experience. You really get the feeling of being a lone hunter surving in the jungle. A great mix between shooting bows and hiking... read more

    BigBen98
    2/05/2020
  •   Took the younger brother out to the forest to shoot some dragons with longbows.... Enough said! Had a blast and Markus is really knowledgable and a great teacher. You will... read more

    benseelen
    2/03/2020
  •   Headed out with some mates for a morning session with Markus. This would have to be the most fun I have had in a long time. By the end of... read more

    jimsimnz
    1/27/2020

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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!

"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

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