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!

The Dragon Hunt Archery Experience

The Dragon Hunt Archery and Nature Experience

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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.

The Adventure in a Nutshell

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

Testimonials

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:​

  •   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

      Wow, I highly recommend this to everyone and everyone. Skill, nature, fun and excitement!! Markus, you have a really amazing wee gem here and I hope everyone comes to visit.... read more

    JemJem2020
    1/14/2020
  •   Had a great time. We had all done some archery before (although it is not needed) but Markus was able to help us all improve. There was just the right... read more

    SimonNZ1998
    1/11/2020

      Markus was an excellent and patient coach, guide and host. Was lots of fun and we had an excellent experience!

    gypsyesprit
    1/07/2020

      We saved up all year for our holiday and always treat ourselves to some fun. This day was one to remember. We arrived at the park and met the guide... read more

    donnagS4702EY
    1/06/2020
  •   Markus is very knowledgeable and skilled with both archery and the walking track. He helps everyone in the trip to be proficient with the bow and arrow. All in all... read more

    nathaniel_tapnio1997
    1/05/2020

      Our family (3 experienced archers, 2 beginners) did this on a hot, windy Nelson summer day. Wind didn't affect shooting at all- very sheltered in the valley and there was... read more

    annaaJ5935JN
    1/05/2020

      Marcus was an amazing coach. Lots of time to develop good technique before taking on the dragon in the amazing native forest. I have never done archery before and my... read more

    Jet457000
    1/03/2020
  •   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
  •   Wow, I highly recommend this to everyone and everyone. Skill, nature, fun and excitement!! Markus, you have a really amazing wee gem here and I hope everyone comes to visit.... read more

    JemJem2020
    1/14/2020
  •   Had a great time. We had all done some archery before (although it is not needed) but Markus was able to help us all improve. There was just the right... read more

    SimonNZ1998
    1/11/2020
  •   Markus was an excellent and patient coach, guide and host. Was lots of fun and we had an excellent experience!

    gypsyesprit
    1/07/2020
  •   We saved up all year for our holiday and always treat ourselves to some fun. This day was one to remember. We arrived at the park and met the guide... read more

    donnagS4702EY
    1/06/2020

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Imagine...

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.

Instinctive archery lesson 1
Learn how to hit the spot using your body and mental focus
Archery Park Nelson Longbow and arrow close-up
The longbow is the purest form of archery - no sights and no modern technology

...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.

...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.

Archery Park Nelson learn hot to shoot lifelike archery targets in realistic environments
Experience the life of a bow-hunter from the past
Archery Park Nelson is located in a pristine and beautiful well untouched native forest
Get close to stunning silver ferns and towering native trees

...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 forest. Your guide will point out highlights to you throughout your journey.

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.

...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.

Learn all the archery skills required following best practise and from a skilled archery coach
5 trip pass to shoot at Archery Park on your own
Become a qualified archer that can shoot at Archery Park on their own

...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.

 

Costs, Starting Times and Duration

Your adventure trip details

Costs

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 Promise:

If you don't have a great time at the Dragon Hunt, we will refund you 100% of your payment. No questions asked!

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.

 

group of archers in the forest of Archery Park Nelson
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Expect a great time . . . And then see your expectations exceeded!

What can I say? The activity was organised by my adult kids and I went along expecting to shooting arrows for an hour. Instead we got a 3+ hour adventure. We got a first-rate tutor, Markus, who gave clear, safe, practical instructions (and patient too) teaching us the basics. Then, it’s off into the forest hunting for dragons and creatures, Lord of the Rings style. The amazing thing was how deceptively Marcus improved our shooting skills with each target increasing in difficulty. I could not believe that we were hitting targets as accurately as we did. The scenery in the forest was beautiful and surprisingly cool for such a hot day. We had a blast . . And recommend it 100%. . . Worth every cent.

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David Sutton

This Will Truly Be An Outdoor Archery Adventure That You Will Never Forget

Your adventure pack list

Stream crossing at Archery Park Nelson
Exploring nature and crossing streams is all part of your archery adventure

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, steep, muddy and narrow sections. 

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+

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Daniel Leckie

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.

Free pickup: We offer a free pickup from Nelson i-Site visitor information centre for all Dragon Hunt Archery Adventure bookings.

Come join us for the Archery Adventure of a Lifetime​

It's legendary!

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"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 Promise: If you don't have a great time at the Dragon Hunt, we will refund you 100% of your payment. No questions asked!

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