Founded in 1937, NZDA is New Zealand’s recognised national body representing and speaking for hunters generally. The fundamental aim of the Association is to ensure that the organisation and management of recreational hunting in New Zealand is carried out by hunters.

Our mission statement is “to retain, enhance and create opportunities for the enjoyment of legitimate recreational hunting and the sport of shooting, for the members of the Association” In the current climate, hunting and sports shooting are facing some really big challenges and hunters need to be proactive in protecting their interest. It is most important to belong to some form of organisation that has a mandate to look after your interests as an outdoor enthusiast and/or recreationalist. The old saying “there’s strength in numbers” is very true and every member of the NZDA team adds to that strength. We must support each other, irrespective of your interest. From big game hunting to just having a walk in the mountains, there are many issues which concern you and only a collective voice will assert much influence when confronting the “authorities”.

The Upper Clutha Branch meets at the Wanaka Districts Club, Plantation Road, Wanaka 
on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.

The Club offers all hunters, novice, experienced or otherwise, an opportunity to network with like-minded people and participate in Branch activities which include hunter training, organised shoots, competitions, social events and a range of outdoor pursuits. At the same time you will be part of a National organisation, whose prime aim is to represent hunters ‘ interests at the highest level.
Membership forms are available below and from the Secretary and you can contact him at or phone 03 443 5506 for a copy or obtain further information about Branch activities and events.


New Zealand Deerstalker’s Association has become very involved in issues such
  • Public access
  • Firearms
  • Range shooting
  • Training of prospective outdoor enthusiasts
  • Funding and assistance in building huts
  • New hunter training
  • Hut maintenance
  • Opposition to the use of aerial 1080
  • Animal control
  • Game animal protection


NZDA has affiliations and associations with such organisations as:
  • Mountain Safety Council
  • International Hunting Education Association
  • Sporting Shooters of Australia Association
  • NZ Council of Licensed Firearms Owners
  • Department of Conservation
  • Other groups involved in outdoor recreation

National Advantages

Advantages of belonging to NZDA for full members include:
  • $10 million public liability insurance (including $1 million for the Rural Fires Act as well as punitive and exemplary damages
  • Four NZ Hunting and Wildlife magazines each year
  • Between four and six issues of the Bugle, the Association’s in-house newsletter
  • Member’s only discount as negotiated from various retailers
  • A discount on DoC annual passes

Local Branch

The Upper Clutha Branch can offer:

Membership Fees
FEES – Branch year runs from March 1st 2020 to February 28th 2021.
Full Year
– February

SENIOR – Full benefits at national and branch level. $140.00
JUNIOR – Must be less than 18 years of age as at March 1st 2020. Full benefits apart from voting rights. $45.00
STUDENT – Must be attending a tertiary institute or undergoing an apprenticeship. Proof must be provided. $60.00
ASSOCIATE – Available only at the Committee's discretion. Unable to vote or enter national competitions. Does not receive H&W. POA
AFFILIATE - Must be a full member of another branch and over 18 as at March 1st 2020. Must produce membership card as proof. $40.00
SUPERANNUANT – Must be over the age of 65 as at 1 March 2020. Full benefits $90.00
FAMILY – Can be partner/spouse or children/ grandchildren under the age of 18 as at March 1st 2020. Please advise names and date of birth. $7.00