Starting Archery

New to archery?

We run a Beginners Introductory Course just for you. This is a six-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.

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The course is run in specific time blocks so that all students can learn together.  Each course is five 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 8 and older.

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 our Beginner Course Instructions.


Essential Details

Five Week Beginner Course: $170

Timing: 9:00am on Saturday mornings

Course length: 1.5 hours

Maximum number per course: 15

All equipment supplied.

Location: Mountain Green Archery Club's outdoor range, on the summit of Mount Albert / Ōwairaka. Access via Summit Drive; the entrance is located on the right, just past the Toroa Terrace walkway marker.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: You're sold out already and I want to learn archery! What can I do?

A: 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.

Q: 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?

A: 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.


Beginner Course Dates for 2022

All courses are at 9:00am unless otherwise specified below.

Course 1a (9am) - Feb 12, 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19 (makeup Mar 26) - Completed
Course 1b (11am) - Feb 12, 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19 (makeup Mar 26) - Completed

Course 2 - May 7, 14, 21, 28, Jun 11, 18 (makeup Jul 2) (No classes on Jun 4 Queens Birthday weekend, Jun 24 Matariki Weekend) - In Progress

Course 3 - Aug 13, 20, 27, Sep 3, 10, 17 (makeup Sep 24) - Fully Booked

Course 4 - Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 (makeup Dec 10) -  Fully Booked