About Us

Advanced Archery

AUCKLAND  - WE HAVE MOVED to bigger premises! Unit 18, 31-35 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024. You might remember it as the old Sportways Gun Shed which is a nice bit of irony we think! We're right behing The Good Home pub. see you soon. Parking available right in front of the shop and we are wheelchair accessible.

Tel 09 636 6359 


Looking for Archery Instruction Classes?

Give us a call on 09 636 6359 to find out about our one on one Get Into Archery Lessons.


Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

We are closed on all Public Holidays.




If your coming into find out about getting into archery or to get set up with a bow, give us a heads up if you can so we can make sure we have plenty of time and the shooting lane available for you to have a few shots. We're experts at getting people shooting even if you're brand new to the game. And we know once you have a go with our specially designed intro bows you'll be hooked!

Stockists Throughout New Zealand

We also distribute quality archery and bowhunting products to hunting and sports stores thoughout New Zealand. And if you need repairs you can drop your items off  at one of these stores and they'll get it to us and we'll get it sorted, easy! Check out the list below or give  us a call to find your nearest stockist.

Archery & Bowhunting Services, Christchurch Paddy can also take care of your repairs on the spot in Christchurch.

Hunting & Fishing New Zealand


The Gun Shop, Upper Hutt

Southern Wild

H&J Outdoor World  - Queenstown and Invercargill

Who are we?

Advanced Archery is owned and operated by husband and wife team Kevin and Carol Watson who between them have over 50 years experience in archery. It is this depth of experience that allows them to provide you with the benefits of their expertise. Advanced Archery supplies archery equipment to archers and hunters all over New Zealand and we can service ANY brand of bow.

Regular trips to the United States ensure that Kevin and Carol are kept up-to-date with advances in equipment. These visits to manufacturers and trade shows provide the opportunity to evaluate the latest products on offer and their suitability for New Zealand conditions. New products are rigorously tested by us and our staff shooters and if the products don't measure up, Advanced Archery don't stock them.

Carol is a five times NZBS (New Zealand Bowhunting Society) ladies champion, and was only the fourth woman in NZ to have shot deer - red, sika, fallow and sambar as well as pigs - and the first we believe to take a tahr and chamois with a bow in New Zealand. In the United States Carol has shot elk and black bear and on a recent trip to Australia she was happy to take 3 chital stags.

Carol also keeps busy volunteering her time as the National Co-ordinator and Trainer for the National Archery in the Schools Programme in New Zealand and as a member of the Game Animal Council

Carol Watson

Kevin has taken many big game animals including chamois, elk, red, sika, sambar, rusa, whitetail and fallow deer as well as pigs and is a three times NZBS champion.

Kevin is an outdoor writer and has penned many articles covering all aspects of bowhunting equipment, shooting technique and bowhunting skills. You can read his articles and product reviews in the NZ Hunter magazine and in the news section of this website. Designed to entertain and educate all hunters these articles provide great tips gleaned from his years of bowhunting experience.

Kevin Watson


The A Team

We have some of New Zealand's most enthusiastic and accomplished shooters and bowhunters on our staff. 


Conor Watson

Conor Watson

Carol and Kevin's son Conor shot his first deer with a bow aged 13, loves his bowhunting and bowfishing which he's taking to another level now and has taken up spear fishing!

Conor usually works in the shop on Saturdays, however he is off travelling again, this time walking the Appalachian Trail! We'll hopefully see Conor back in the summer.  He shoots the Mathews Chill.


Simon Bullivant

Philip Bullivant


We like to call Philip the 'grandfather of bowhunting' in NZ. He has shot over 100 deer with bow and arrow and still gets as excited about shooting deer as he did when he started. He has helped many people along the way and in the last few years his wife Jenny has got back into bowhunting and together they are enjoying helping grandson Cooper get started. Cooper recently shot his first deer at the age of 8, how cool is that!?!

Philip shoots the Halon 32-6

Simon Bullivant

Simon Bullivant

Simon Bullivant (yes he is Philip and Jenny's son) is a long time hunting staff shooter and was a full time staff member in the shop from 2010-15. Simon is an NZBS Master Bowhunter and in 1999 and 2012 won "Bowhunter of the Year". He currently has the No.3 Red Deer in the record book at 280DS. Simon writes a regular bowhunting technical article in the NZ Hunter magazine. Simon is also an excellent taxidermist and runs his own taxidermy business, TruLife Taxidermy

Simon shoots the Mathews NoCam HTR

Matt & Kadin Willis

Matt  Willis

Matt produces the excellent Hooked on Adventures hunting DVD's Hooked on the Outdoors which screened in 2014 on Country TV. He is one of New Zealand's most successful bowhunters. Matt was the first NZBS member to shoot over 100 deer, has shot the most big game animals and is a 4 time winner of NZBS Bowhunter of the Year.

Matt shoots a Mathews Chill-R.

Cody Weller

Cody spends a lot of time in the bush and is rewarded with a great deal of success in his bowhunting and we are very proud to have him on our team.  He hunts hard and earned his NZBS Master Bowhunter award at the age of 15. 3rd Rusa 2 pigs in top ten 3rd tahr, 2 in the top 10 chamois including the #1.

Cody shoots a Mathews Halon 32

Darryl Hodgkinson

Darryl Hodgkinson

Darryl is a very experienced bowhunter living in Marlborough. He was the 2008 and 2009 NZBS Tournament Champion. Darryl was also the 2008 NZBS Bowhunter of the Year. He has places in the NZBS Record Book for pig, red deer and 2 tahr in the top ten. 

Due to ill health Darryl is not bowhunting right now but he is an inspiration to us and to the people around him he encourages to take up bowhunting.

Leith McKenzie

Leith McKenzie

Leith McKenzie from Dargaville has been hunting since he was 12 years old and bowhunting for many years. Leith hunts all over New Zealand from the Far North to Stewart Island. He has won numerous awards, in 2005 Leith became the NZBS 53rd Master Bowhunter and has record book fallow, 2 sets of pig tusks and an 11.5kg koi carp. 

Leith shoots the Mathews ChillX

Leith McKenzie

Ricky Russ

Ricky is the 2013 NZBS Bowhunter of the Year and there weren't many trophies he didn't pick up at the Annual Tournament in Blenheim, June 2013

Ricky shoots the Mathews Halon 32-6



Steve Meadows

Steve was a long time rifle hunter before he took up bowhunting in 2009. He is the moderator on the FishnHunt Forum bowhunting section and is a regular feature writer for Rod & Rifle magazine.

Steve shoots the Bowtech BTX


Craig Burnet

Craig Burnet

Craig Burnet has been shooting since 2001, an active member of the Pineridge Archery Club in Manukau and is one of the organisers of the popular Kiwi 3D Competitions

Craig shoots the Hoyt Carbon Spyder Turbo.

Karen Burnet

Karen Burnet was introduced into the sport of archery in 2001 and has been hooked ever since. She is an active member of the Pine Ridge Archery Club has been a multiple time winner - the rivalry between Karen and husband Craig keeps us all entertained!

Karen shoots the Hoyt Carbon Spyder Turbo.

Albert Durham

Albert Durham is a Field Staff and Bowhunting Staff Shooter. He is a regular at Massey Archery Club where he loves to practice and compete. And if he's not at the club, likely he is off hunting! Albert moved here from the USA and is making the most of living in a 'hunter's paradise'!

Albert shoots the  2016 Hoyt Defiant in Harvest Brown - gorgeous!




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