The branch has a rifle range with covered bench-rest facilities in the Remutaka Incline recreation area in Kaitoke (Pakuratahi Forest). The range is certified to modern standards and provides for shooting up to 200m.

The range certification restricts smokeless centre-fire rifles to a maximum of .45 calibre and black-powder to .75 calibre. Tracer and similar types of ammunition are not permitted

Please e-mail all enquiries to (including range use, access FOBs, membership and general)

Range Access

The range is licensed for use only to financially current NZDA Hutt Valley Branch Inc. members or associated clubs with specific bookings. There is no casual public access at any time. Committee members in attendance will check for identity and a current firearms licence. Anyone without proof of membership or licence will be expected to leave the range immediately.

In accordance with the current Arms Act all centre-fire semi-auto rifles are banned from being used on our Kaitoke rifle range. There are no exceptions to this ruling including the Police or others who may be deemed ok to possess prohibited firearms. Any firearms irrespective of calibre and type with magazine capacity greater than 10 rounds or shotguns with greater than 5 round magazines must also not be used on our range as they too are prohibited. Prohibited ammunition (Order in Council 19th June 2019) must not be used on our range.

All current financial members that have a current firearms licence are able to utilise the range. To access the range we recommend obtaining a range gate access FOB (see below). This will allow you to drive to the range. Without a range gate access FOB there is an 800m walk from the Remutaka Incline car park to the range.

You are expected to bring your own target frames and to remove all rubbish.

Shooting at glass or the use of tracer/incendiary type ammunition is not permitted. Users must comply with all rules and conditions.

The range is available 7 days per week from 08:30 through to dark for causal NZDA Hutt Valley Branch Inc. member use unless booked. Bookings are advertised on the range page however access is not guaranteed at any time and NZDA Hutt Valley Branch Inc. reserves the right to cancel access at any time.

All users are expected to make way for contractors and maintenance work.

All NZDA Hutt Valley Branch Inc. members who use the range, by doing so, agree to comply with club rules and current Range Standing Orders.

During daylight saving hours, KPC holds regular casual shoots on Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm so will be present to run the range. All shooting welcome.

Range Bookings

Competitions are held most Sundays at our range by both the branch and other shooting organisations. Morning shoots usually start at 08:30 with afternoon shoots starting at 13:00 through to a preferred finish time of 16:30. To avoid getting to the range on a Saturday, or in some cases a week day, only to find that there is an organised shoot in progress please check the Range Calendar page before you leave. The range is available for private hire by HVNZDA members and approved clubs at 1/2 and full day rates. Note that Saturday's are seldom booked to provide for casual member use.

Email for information or contact details of other clubs.


  • No firearms are to be used BEFORE 08:30 any day of the week out of respect for our neighbours.
  • For member's casual use of the range please check the club website for bookings and availability.
  • The range may be closed without notice if there is work required in the area adjacent to the range.
  • At all times, one member must act as Range Officer.
  • The Kaitoke Pistol Club runs casual shoots at the range every Tuesday night from 18:00, during daylight saving. Visitors are welcome to join them and have a go. The range is still able to be used by club members for other shooting
  • Alcohol is not permitted during shooting events

Range Access FOBs & Rules

A gate access FOB can be issued to current senior financial members. The loaning of access FOBs to non-members is not permitted as the range is a private facility and requires users to be financial club members, comply with club rules, be fully conversant with the current Range Standing Orders and complete the Kaitoke Range Safety Course.

Access FOBs and the digital locks are updated ~monthly.

Note: Gate access FOBs are available at the monthly branch meetings (March - November, we don't hold meetings in December, January and February). Please ensure you bring the following:

  • A printed & completed access FOB lease form (please date and sign the form).
  • A copy of your Hutt Valley induction / range safety certificate.
  • Your firearms licence.
  • Your current membership card (if you have received).
  • Your old key (if you have one).

By using the range, it is considered that you have agreed to abide with all rules and conditions.

NZDA Hutt Valley Branch Inc. Lease Agreement (includes rules and RSO's)

The Upper Hutt Gun shop is NOT an agent for Range Access FOBs - all requests are dealt with on club nights only.

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