New Zealand has a long history of recreational hunting. Early settlers introduced several species for this purpose including deer, thar, duck and pheasant.
Several others brought primarily for food or their perceived commercial potential such as pigs, rabbit and the Australian opossum have since prospered in the country’s extensive wilderness areas and farmland pastures.
The majority of firearms use in New Zealand is for recreational hunting. There are also many active target and trap (shotgun) shooting clubs, and active gun collectors.
Firearms ownership and use in New Zealand is strictly controlled through the New Zealand Police. Ownership of high velocity or calibre pistols and of fully automatic weapons is restricted, and all firearms owners must have a firearms licence, and store their guns and ammunition separately in secure locked areas.
To get a gun licence you will need to pass the firearms test administered by the Police, and provide the required personal ID’s and referrals.
Details of the restrictions and requirements are on the New Zealand Police website at: http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms