Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?
Visit immigration.govt.nz/nzeta to find out if you need the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) Approval can take up to 72 hours.
How do I get to the Lodge?
There are direct flights with Air NZ to Auckland from LA, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Houston, with more options coming online, now that New Zealand is fully opened post-Covid. Delta airlines are connecting to Auckland from Dallas. From Auckland, it is a short 40-min flight to Taupo regional airport, which lines up well with most of the international arrivals. Or a four-hour car journey. Helicopter transfers from Auckland airport can also be arranged.
What is the dress code?
Most importantly you will be out in all weather, so to ensure you get the most out of the day, keeping dry, warm, and comfortable is paramount. Traditional tweed shooting attire is typically worn at Poronui. Outside of the shoot days, we celebrate relaxed informality at Poronui. Smart-casual clothes are appropriate for dinner.
Can I bring my own shotgun?
Yes. Visitors to New Zealand bringing firearms or ammunition must obtain a visitor’s firearms license. We recommend completing the application well in advance of your trip—at least six weeks—to ensure there are no issues. Visit the New Zealand Police website at www.police.govt.nz and follow the links to understand the visitor firearms license and import permit requirements. If you’re planning to travel around New Zealand after your shoot, you may like to consider storing your shotgun(s) at the Lodge while you do so. Arrangements can be made for your shotgun to meet you at your departure airport. We also recommend checking the process to return home with your firearm, as requirements vary by state.