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Hunting Laws in New Zealand


Those hunters who wish to bring their own firearms into New Zealand should familiarise themselves with the rules that apply to the temporary importation of firearms.  Also, hunters should check with airlines before booking tickets regarding individual airlines policies on carrying firearms

The primary law relating to the ownership and use of firearms in New Zealand is the Arms Amendment Act 1992 and this statute can be found on the NZ Government Statutes website at   Further details of laws relating to firearms and general safety rules can be found on the NZ Police web site.  Specific rules applying to the temporary importation of firearms by hunters can be found at   You can download the application for a Visitor's temporary firearms license here.

For hunting purposes, it is extremely difficult to bring semi automatic rifles into New Zealand, and it is not possible to bring handguns to New Zealand.  You should have no problems bringing a bolt action sporting rifle into this country.

When you arrive in New Zealand, you must:

1. Declare all firearms to the New Zealand Customs Officials.

2. Declare all firearms to the New Zealand Police.

3. Apply to the Airport Police on arrival for a "Permit to Import".

4. Apply for a Tourist Firearm Licence, which is valid for one year.

Provided your firearms are of approved types, you will receive your "Permit to Import" immediately. To then gain a Tourist Firearm Licence, you must pay $25.00 and show the Police:

1. Your passport.

Evidence that you have a firearms licence (or equivalent) in your own country.

Before you bring firearms into New Zealand you can check if the firearms you intend to bring with you are approved makes and models, by sending details including the Make and Model to:




The Coordinator Licensing and Vetting
Police National Headquarters
PO Box 3017
Telephone: +64 4 474 9539 Fax: +64 4 499 1065

Note: Even without a licence, you may use a firearm if you are under the direct supervision of someone who does hold a Firearms Licence.

Also remember that Gert has rifles available for your use at no additional costs, should you desire, but please notify Gert at the time of booking your trip if you wish to use his rifles.

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