About NZDA North Canterbury

You love hunting and a bit of range shooting?

You live in the Canterbury area?

Want to be a part of a great club of like-minded people that exists to promote and encourage hunting, and as well meet a great bunch of guys and girls?

The NZDA can help you get more out of your hunting and enhance your love of the outdoors. You will meet new friends and may even find a permanent hunting companion.

Members receive a monthly newsletter and quarterly "New Zealand Hunting and Wildlife" magazine. Membership to NZDA also provides $10,000,000 public liability insurance cover, including $1,000,000 cover for the Rural Fires Act.

Come and check us out. We meet on the last Monday night of each month at 7.30pm at our clubrooms at 597 McLeans Island Rd, in the recreational area. It's easy to find and we'd love to see you there.

Dates for your diary

Currently operating with COVID19 protocols in place.




4 Position Wilkinson Postal Shoot Competition



Norm Pearce Range .22cal 10am-4 Turn up early or Range Closed



Club Shoot ..Working Bee 9am Range open 12-4pm



AGM Club Meeting 7:30 pm



Public Day Shoot 10-4pm



Norm Pearce Range 12am Turn up Early or Range is closed


The North Canterbury Deerstalkers Association began in July 1949 when at a public meeting it was decided to form a branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, based in North Canterbury. On 17th July 1958, the branch became incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act.

Today, we are one of the largest branches, with about 300 members, a part of a national organisation of approximately 7,000 members with over 50 branches spread from Northland to Southland. The goal of NZDA is to promote and regulate the sport of big game hunting in New Zealand.

Palmer Lodge

Our own hunting lodge in the Lewis Pass is called Palmer Lodge. It sleeps 21 and has an excellent fire as well as kitchen and dining room facilities. You need to take your own cooking and other gear now due to thefts etc The Lodge is a good base for hunting all of the Lewis Pass area, including the Maruia / Rahu Saddle area. There is a small fee for the use of the lodge.

Interested in booking the lodge for your next trip?

email enquiry