GENERAL NEW ZEALAND ARRIVAL INFORMATION
A VALID CURRENT PASSPORT is required for entry into New Zealand. A visa may also be required – check with your travel agent, the New Zealand Consulate, or your airline carrier office in your country for details of requirements. BE SURE TO OBTAIN TRAVEL & MEDICAL INSURANCE.
FIREARMS IMPORTATION DETAILS (only required if travelling to or from New Zealand with one or more firearm/s)
FOR CONVENIENCE and TIME SAVING YOUR VISITORS FIREARMS LICIENCE (PERMIT) MAY BE PRE-ARRANGED BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN NEW ZEALAND. The licence will be issued when you arrive at your N.Z. airport.
A New Zealand Visitors Firearms Permit application can be completed on line or downloaded from the New Zealand Police website,
Then click on Online Firearms Visitors Application form
Complete this form around one month before you travel. Also bring the completed form with you when you travel. Include: Your full name, address and contact details, date of birth, occupation, photocopies of: passport, photograph and any current firearm permits/licence (note: if you do not have a firearms licence number put your country in the space where they require your licence number). Your flight number, date and time of arrival plus the particulars of the firearms you are bringing. Give my details as your registered professional hunting guide: Don Patterson Manuka Point Lodge R.D. Methven New Zealand – My NZ firearms licence is #SOO64547) The above information’s will facilitate pre-entry of the details and speed the issuing of your visitors firearms licence.
YOUR PROCEDURE ON INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS
Clear customs, DECLARE any firearms that you are carrying, this means filling out the form & noting that you are bringing in a prohibited item. A visitors firearms licence will be issued to you at this time by the airport police at the cost of NZ $25.00 .
Remember that hand guns are illegal in NEW ZEALAND.
You will generally find New Zealand Customs and Police personnel to be helpful and wishing to smooth your entry into the country, just remember to declare all firearms.
Your safety is paramount to us, so everyone that uses a firearm will receive the following briefing;
MANUKA POINT LODGE FIREARMS RULES
For safety reasons during your hunt at Manuka Point Lodge the following rules are provided and must be adhered to at all times.
The rules below apply equally to rifles, shotguns, black-powder and bows.
- Alcohol and/or drugs must not be consumed prior to or whilst handling any firearms.
- Obey the Professional Hunters instruction at all times.
- Familiarise yourself with the workings of the firearm you will be using prior to hunting. A shooting range and instruction is available at Manuka Point.
- All firearms must be in excellent mechanical condition.
- Personal hearing protectors and safety glasses should be worn.
- Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. All firearms must be open and empty before you pass them on to someone, or before you accept it from anyone.
- Always point firearms in a safe direction.
- Load a firearm only when ready to fire and fire only upon the Professional Hunter’s instruction. Use only the correct ammunition for the firearm. Make sure the barrel/s have no obstructions.
- Clearly identify your target. Do not fire at movement, colour, shape or sound.
- Check your firing zone, both between you and your target and the area beyond your target. This may include a distance of up to six kilometres.
- Firearms are to be unloaded prior to entering or exiting a vehicle or aircraft, entering any building or scaling a fence or any obstacle.
- Firearms and ammunitions are to be stored before and after use in the Manuka Point Lodge gunroom.
- If you have a hearing, sight, medical, language or any other impediment that may effect your ability to handle firearms notify your Professional Hunter before handling any firearms.
- If you are unsure about anything or need assistance, ask the Professional Hunter.
Special note: Handguns are illegal in New Zealand.