Waitomo Caves Axe & Gun Club



In 2003 a group of people under the tutelage of Rex Spencer and Blue Scott began to train as axemen.  The opportunity arose for the group to organise and run the Macdonalds Lime Centenary Chop as part of the Waitomo District Centenary Celebrations and so the Waitomo Caves Axeman’s Club was formed.  In 2004 some members who were supporters rather than axemen themselves decided that while the axemen were training they would set up a trap and shoot a few clay targets.  The activity proved popular and it was decided to change the name to The Waitomo Caves Axe & Gun Club.

The informal, relaxed and supportive atmosphere of the Waitomo Caves Axe & Gun Club makes it an ideal place for novices and families to learn to shoot.  The club is open to everyone and anyone who wants to have a try.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to get involved then either turn up on a meeting day and the members will look after you or contact Chris Lord, Secretary/Treasurer, Waitomo Axe & Gun Club, c/ RD 7, Otorohanga or call mobile 027 271 8237.

The Waitomo Caves Axe & Gun Club is made up of members aged 18 – 80.  This club is for any budding choppers (sawing by arrangement) and clay bird shooters ($15.00 gives 25 rounds including clays).  If you join the annual subscription is $30.00. 

How often and when they meet? 

Waitomo Caves Domain every second Sunday (more frequently at times).  Wintertime from 2pm and summertime from 3pm.

Events and activities

Chopping and Sawing.  The annual Waitomo Caves Sports Day held on the 4th Saturday in March can host as many as 60 timbersport competitors.  The Waitomo Axe & Gun Club event is held on the 1st Saturday in February.  Other chopping meetings in the area are the Coast Sports at Marokopa and the Awaroa Sports at Hauturu.

Shooting. The shooting activities are the annual pre-duckshooting season team shoot at Marokopa and the Christmas Shoot at Te Anga, run by the Kawhia Gun Club.  Waitomo Axe & Gun Club now runs an annual shoot at Waitomo Caves on the Saturday after Labour Weekend in October (n.b. in 2017 the date will be Sat 11 Nov 2017).