It looks NZ does not need or want a hunters money, so I will g0 to a country that will welcome me with out undue regulations. argintina has very good stag hunting.
Just seen this news.
Smack bang in the middle of their peak hunting season New Zealand has changed the rules regarding international hunters obtaining a firearms licence.
Previously you could arrive at a New Zealand airport, fill out documentation and be issued this licence but now you must apply online allowing up to 30 days for it to be processed and issued!! You cannot get it processed at a New Zealand airport anymore.
I haven’t seen a single media release, forum post, press release to clubs, guides and outfitters or any social media content whatsoever informing international hunters of these rule changes. Well done guys, your government certainly puts hunting as a priority and I believe 28,000 international hunters visit your country each year.
If you are heading there soon fill those documents out, if you are a self guided hunter you will have to explain there is no New Zealand storage address or licence details of the person you will be storing firearms at and simply state you are going straight into the bush hunting. Or you find a registered dealer that will let you use their address.
There are three keen self guided aussie lads stuck in Queenstown right now with their rifles confiscated and the likelihood of them not going hunting as they weren’t aware of the very recent rule changes and I have mates hunting whitetail next week and the guide/outfitter didn’t even know anything about the changes. They are scrambling to get the firearms licences issued and it’s in the balance as to whether it will be.
Spread the word guys if you or mates are taking a firearm to New Zealand, make sure you get that paperwork filled out and licence approved long in advance.
I've got a Stag/Fallow deer hunting trip planned to NZ in ten months and am glad I saw this. However, I'm confused about something. If the custom bolt action rifle I was planning on taking is not on the approved firearms list does that mean I can't take it? Or, is it something that's considered on a application by application basis?
Also, how does one answer the question on firearms permit #'s since we aren't issued those in the U.S.? Would a Concealed Carry permit number be acceptable? Thank you.