If you are wanting to use a firearm unsupervised during your visit to New Zealand, you must obtain a visitor firearm licence.
To ensure your licence application is processed in time for your arrival in New Zealand, we recommend you apply a minimum of four months before your visit.
Who should apply?
If you are visiting New Zealand for less than 12 months and you are planning to use a firearm during your visit, you must apply for a visitor firearms licence. If you don’t obtain a visitor firearm licence, you can only use a firearm under the immediate supervision of a New Zealand firearms licence holder.
A visitor firearms licence allows you to use firearm(s) for hunting or competitions in New Zealand. The visitor firearms licence is valid for the time specified on the approved visitor firearms licence, which is determined by the intended length of your stay in New Zealand.
If you intend to bring firearms into New Zealand, you must provide details of your firearms types during the application process to ensure you are granted the correct permits and endorsements. See Bringing firearms into New Zealand for more information.
You cannot get a visitor firearms licence if you are staying in New Zealand longer than 12 months, or if you are immigrating to New Zealand. You must apply for a New Zealand firearms licence instead.
Eligibility criteria for a visitor firearms licence
To apply for a visitor firearms licence, you need to:
- be 16 years of age or over
- hold a current firearms licence in your home country
- be from a country that has similar firearms safety and licensing practices to New Zealand
- complete an online application at least four months before your visit to New Zealand
- demonstrate you are a fit and proper person* to be in possession of and use firearms while in New Zealand
- provide proof of your good character, such as a certified criminal history.
*Being a fit and proper person means you meet a certain standard of conduct and character. It is up to you to satisfy New Zealand Police that you are fit and proper. See Fit & proper definition for more information.
When applying for a visitor firearms licence, you must tell us about any
- criminal convictions, including driving-related offences
- current or pending criminal charges
- adverse findings against you by a court in civil proceedings.
If your home country/state does not issue firearms licences:
- Some countries or states do not issue firearms licences. If you are from a country or state that does not issue firearms licences, you will need to provide proof that you can legally own a firearm in your own country/state, and that you have been trained in the safe use of firearms.
- You can do so by uploading a copy of one of the following:
- Hunting permit.
- Concealed carry permit.
- Hunter education certificate.
Apply for a visitor firearms licence
Bringing firearms into New Zealand
When you arrive in New Zealand
Leaving New Zealand with firearms
Prohibited offensive weapons other than firearms
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Secure Storage Guidance for Firearms and Ammunition (PDF 945KB) has been created by Police with assistance from the Firearms Community Advisory Forum (FCAF) and is designed to assist firearms licence and endorsement holders and firearms licence applicants understand how the security conditions may be met.
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