Purchasing and Air Rifle in NZ - The 'ins & outs'

We often get asked about the legalities and boundaries around owning an airgun, BB gun, or Air Rifle the buying process - and shipping. 

As per the NZ Police safer shooting website, "Anyone 18 years of age or older can possess and use an airgun. Anyone under 18 years of age may use an airgun if:

  • They hold a New Zealand Firearms License* or they are under the ‘immediate supervision’ of a firearms license holder or a person 18 years of age or older.
  • Anyone under 16 years of age must always be under the ‘immediate supervision’ of a firearms license holder or a person 18 years of age or
  • Note: You must be 16 years of age or older to apply for a New Zealand Firearms License.

‘Immediate supervision’ means that the licensed or older person is within reach and in control of the person using the airgun. The person providing the supervision must be able to take control of the airgun. They cannot be in possession or control of another firearm or airgun. On a range or paintball field: the rules in place, fenced field and supervision of umpires, referees or Range Officer go toward immediate supervision.

Young airgun owners:
If you are 16 or 17 you can see the Arms Officer at a Police station about getting a firearms licence."

All while remembering it is an offence for us to sell, or distribute an Air Rifle to an unsuitable person per the Arms Act 1983. 


When buying an airgun we simply must ensure you are of age, if you are under the legal age (of 18) - we must verify a firearms licence. We also record the details of who was sold what rifles in our Hunting Store. 

Online Sales:

If you purchase an Air Rifle of our online store, the process is also remarkably easy. Simply have your age verified by your local police station, and they will email us attesting to your eligibility. We can then get underway in getting your purchase to you. 

Click here - Getting your Firearms Licence, this will provide you with all the information you need about gaining your firearms licence, if you wish to start the journey and take the next step toward your hunting. We highly endorse the process and guarantee you will learn everything you need to know about being a responsible rifle owner.