We recommend any of the .30 calibres for general trophy hunting in New Zealand or .270 and up. Shot distances typically range from 50 to 250 yards. But in some circumstances especially when Tahr or Chamois hunting in the Southern Alps it can be useful to be able take shots up to 400- 500 yards although it is not expected. If you have practiced and know where your hitting up to 500 yards then this gives you more confidence in the field.
Bringing your rifle into New Zealand
It is not difficult to bring conventional sporting rifles into New Zealand. You must fill out an online application for the New Zealand Police at least one month before you arrive in New Zealand.
Link for firearms application:
Here are our details you will need for the application:
ADDRESS WHILE IN NZ:1040 Homewood Road, RD 12 Masterton 5921
PLACE WHERE FIREARMS WILL BE STORED WHILE IN NZ
WHO WITH: Brent Moody
THEIR NZ FIREARMS LICENCE NUMBER: T5152789
PURPOSE OF IMPORTATION: Hunt Vacation
Please note that if you are bringing your own firearm, you will need your NZ gun permit and NZ$25 in cash when you arrive at the airport. You must declare your firearm when you arrive and proceed to the police desk in the arrival hall. The police do not accept US currency or credit cards so you are advised to get the NZ$25 from your departure airport.
Bow hunters don't need any paperwork to bring your bow into the country, but it is advisable to carry your last hunting licence.
Borrowing a Firearm
For those who would rather not travel with firearms we have quality rifles available for use free of charge, we do ask that you either bring ammunition or cover the cost of it. We use 7mm Mag, 30-06, 300 win mag or 7mm08 for younger hunters. These are good calibers for New Zealand trophy hunting.