New to Archery?
Begin your Archery Journey with us
We run a Beginners Introductory Course just for you. This is a four-week course where you will learn the basics of archery. The course covers necessary safety elements as well as the technique of how to shoot. Mountain Green Archery Club provides the equipment and coaching. At the end of the course we discuss how to take your archery further.
Four Week Beginner Course: $200
Timing: 9:00am on Saturday mornings
Course length: 1.5 hours (first week 2 hours – arrive 8:30am)
Maximum number per course: 15
All equipment supplied.
Location: Mountain Green Archery Club’s outdoor range, on the summit of Mount Albert / Ōwairaka.
The course is run in specific time blocks so that all students can learn together. Each course is four weeks of instruction, held across a defined time period (depending on public holidays, club commitments, etc.) The dates are provided below. Classes do not run across public holiday weekends. Please make sure that you can attend the classes in the course you are booking.
Our courses sell out around six months or more in advance. We do not run waiting lists due to the high demand involved.
Numbers for each course are limited so you must book in advance. Your place will not be confirmed until the coaching fee has been paid.
Suitability: This course is for everyone aged 10 and older. Unfortunately we are not able to take anyone younger than this in our courses.
Weather: Archery is an all weather sport so classes will be held if it is raining. However, if the weather is extreme, shooting on the day will be deferred to a later week.
For bookings and information, please visit our event booking website (TidyHQ).
Once you have successfully booked and enrolled, see below or click here for our Beginner Course Instructions.
Beginner Course Dates for 2024
All courses are at 9:00am unless otherwise specified below.
First week arrive at 8:30 for setup.
Feb 2024 – Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17
Mar 2024 – Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
May 2024 – May 4, 11, 18, 25
If you don’t want to wait for the next course session, we frequently recommend private instruction which you can arrange through a local archery shop such as Archery Warehouse, Advanced Archery, or Attitude Archery or a private coach. When you have completed basic instruction, you may apply for club membership and we will arrange a brief assessment to check that you can shoot safely. Our beginner course also teaches you about our outdoor range and the range rules you must follow; we may arrange for you to have a brief orientation to the range if required.
I’ve learned archery elsewhere. Do I need to go through one of your beginner courses to shoot on the MGAC ranges or to join the club?
Welcome! If you have experienced archery before and have your own equipment, we will be happy to meet and discuss membership, including a brief assessment of your safe shooting skills. Our ranges are open only to members of recognised archery clubs, and you’ll need to have your own equipment to become a club member.
Instructions for our Beginner Courses
We look forward to teaching you how to participate in and enjoy the sport of archery. There are a few additional things you should be aware of before you come along to your first lesson:
Please wear closed shoes. No bare feet, sandals or jandals are permitted.
If you want to wear a long-sleeved shirt, please ensure it is slim-fitting. Baggy sleeves, particularly those on sweatshirts and jackets, get in the way of the bow string.
Please apply sunblock before you arrive. That way, your hands are not greasy when you are trying to shoot.
Long hair must be tied back.
Please bring a water bottle. A snack is also a good idea for when you are finished.
Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the lesson starts, so that you have time to get your gear set up with plenty of time to spare.
Lessons will still take place in wet weather. Extreme weather will necessitate the cancellation of the lesson (this will be posted on the mgac.org.nz website by 8:00am) and a make-up session will be scheduled at the end of the course block.
The four-week course is on set dates (excluding public holidays). There is the opportunity for one only make-up lesson at the end of the block, if you have to miss a lesson for some reason. Please ensure that you are available on all the dates for your particular block of lessons.
Parking is available at the entrance to the maunga. Please follow the road to the left to access the archery range. For those members who require special vehicle access to the range, please message us directly and arrangements will be made.
The stretching exercises you will learn are essential – not an optional extra! Please make sure you do these before and after each session.
It is helpful to understand where your facial features are before you start the course. You will be frequently asked to find your nose, chin, jawbone, etc and it helps if you already know where they are. Ears and eyes definitely need to be in good working order (glasses and hearing aids are no problem). Epsom salts (if you own a bath) and arnica cream are excellent first aid options for the beginner archer. No apples (or heads) will be damaged in the course of your instruction.
We look forward to seeing you on the archery range soon!