Hunting and Fishing Licence Requirements in New Zealand, and Paperwork

Your Guide and Owner/Operator, Firearm Permit, Payment Terms, Taxidermy, Shipping

licence requirements

Outfitter Gerald Telford is fully licenced as a hunting and fishing guide in accordance with New Zealand regulations.

Gerald licence requirements

References supplied on request.

His qualifications are as follows:

NZ Mountain Safety Council Outdoor First Aid and hunts course Facilitator who promotes best practice in all aspects of his hunting and guiding operation.

Gerald is a member and past Executive member of The New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA). This national body aims to foster a high quality approach to guiding. Members must meet strict standards of experience and professionalism to be accepted.

He is a member of the Safari Club International and the SCI New Zealand Chapter whose aim is to conserve the hunting experience throughout New  Zealand and the world.

Gerald has served on the Executive of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association (NZPHGA). He is currently President of the NZPHGA with a term 2012 to 2015. This national body aims to foster a high quality approach to guiding. Members must meet strict standards of experience and professionalism to be accepted

Member and training officer of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association.

Concessions:Department of Conservation concessions

Gerald has Department of Conservation (DOC) concession permits to operate on public lands and other special land areas. We also have good relations with local landowners and have access to some exceptional hunting areas.

Guide Insurance:

We have taken out a number of insurance policies to protect your interests as well as ours! Public liability is the major one. This allows access across properties otherwise inaccessible and means that customers are not personally liable if something happens. For example if someone throws a cigarette butt into a pine plantation – don’t laugh, it has happened before

Fishing Licences:

Fishing Season 1 November to 31 May – Duck shooting season begins the first weekend in May.  For further information on licence costs please check out the Fish & Game New Zealand website.

Firearms Licence Information:

New Zealand is a ‘hunter friendly’ destination but you will require a firearm import permit if bringing a firearm into the country.

Research the New Zealand Police website by looking up ‘Visitor’s firearms licence and import permits’.

The Visitors Firearms Licence and Permit to Import Firearms can be completed online. Refer to

Upon arrival into New Zealand you will collect your firearm at the luggage claim.  Please ensure you have $NZ 25.00 in New Zealand dollars CASH to release your firearm.

We have firearms available for clients who do not wish to bring their own.  Shooting distances will vary from 100 – 400 yards.  Any calibre between the .270 and .300 Win Mag is adequate for New Zealand hunting conditions.


A permit is not required to import archery equipment for a guided hunt in New Zealand.  You are able to carry your bow as part of your luggage.  Aim to shoot up to 50 yards (45 meters) with your bow.

Hunting prices and packages.

Deposit Required:

To confirm a Guided booking with Telford Services a deposit of the package rate is required.

Bank Transfers are accepted, please advise us and we will supply you our transfer information.

If there is no deposit, Gerald cannot guarantee that he will be available.

The final payment must to be paid by the completion of your hunt.

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation within 90 days of the fishing/hunting trip will incur loss of deposit.

Alternatively your deposit can be transferred to another prearranged date.

Prior bookings are essential.

12 month advanced bookings recommended.

Trips are cancelled only under serious weather conditions. Should a rescheduled date not be available the deposit will be refunded.

All prices quoted include Goods & Services Tax (GST).


Final payments can be made in any medium or currency. We prefer Cash or Bank Transfer for final payment.  We offer Visa and MasterCard services.

Due to floating exchange rate, all prices shown are approximate only.  We do our best to stay with the published prices, but reserve the right to change them either way due to currency fluctuations.

Taxidermy & Expediting:

Please refer to David Jacob of ‘The Taxidermist’ for freight forward and taxidermy costs.

Contact Gerald & Sue with any questions or to book your expedition.