Clay Shooting - Near Methven & Christchurch
READY AIM FIRE - An outdoor activity for friends, family & work colleagues

Clay Pigeon shooting is available seven days a week, located at Terrace Downs High Country Resort on the banks of the Rakaia Gorge near Methven.

Newzengland cater for all ages and levels, from the complete novice to the very experienced shot. Whether you have seen a gun or not, clay shooting can be a sport for all. We have guns suitable for ladies, men and children (age and build dependent). Six automatic clay traps offer a variety of targets.

Have a go with your mates, family, work colleagues, and see who the best marksman is. Challenge them to a clay shoot out and see who claims the most hits.

We run a friendly clay shooting ground, set in beautiful countryside with expansive views of Mt Hutt and the Canterbury foothills. A large part of the experience is the sheer awe at the stunning scenery that unfolds as you exit the forest walkway into the activities area. The excitement of a clay smashing for the first time is right up there too!

Newzengland Ltd is an outdoor activity in Canterbury that opens rain or shine! Please bring appropriate sturdy footwear and warm clothing.

As well as catering for Clay bird shooting, we offer Archery in a pine forest range, and a Mini Olympic Challenge which combines clay bird shooting, archery and your chipping skills with a golf club, a great competition with your mates or family – perfect for hen and stag parties.

About Neil Gubby – Your Clay Shooting Instructor

Trained by:

  • Nick Penn, Pennsport Shooting School, England
  • Steve Nutbeam, Rob Cross and owner, Dylan Williams, Royal Berkshire Shooting School, England

Competed in many clay shooting competitions in the UK. Best result: Beretta World Championships 1997 – 2nd in class.

After many years as a Senior Instructor at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School, England, Neil is now operating at Terrace Downs High Country Resort. He is still passionate about clay shooting after all these years and would love to share the experience with you.

With over 35 years in the clay shooting industry and 20 years of instructing, he can help people with their clay shooting needs. Whether they have seen a gun or have been shooting for years – he believes he can help!!!!


$90.00 per person, includes up to 25 cartridges and clays.

Bookings essential.

We enforce a strict cancellation policy if you cancel or reschedule within 24 hours of your booking.


Having been in the clay shooting industry for nearly 30 years, safety has been of paramount importance to Neil, having always been the forefront of the previous shooting schools he worked for. No-one ever goes out without an instructor. A safety talk is always given even if you have shot before. Safe handling of the gun, and an understanding of how they work is also given. No-one other than the instructor handles the cartridges, which ensures the instructor has full control of the shooting.

All shooters and spectators wear hearing protection and when shooting eye wear is recommended to be worn. Safety glasses are provided.

The seven basic rules set by the NZ Police are also covered:

  1. Treat every firearm as loaded
  2. Always point firearm in a safe direction
  3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
  4. Identify your target beyond all doubt
  5. Check your firing zone
  6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
  7. Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

These rules and others are always taught!

The Lady Shot

‘For years a traditional male sport, shooting has undergone something of a revolution in the past few years. In increasing numbers, ladies are taking up the sport and proving that they are not only the equal of their male colleagues but in many cases, better’.

We recognised the importance of lady shooters to our sport and we cater for their requirements in several ways. We ensure that we have available a 20 bore over and under shot gun and a .410.

A full lesson to shooting by Neil can eliminate many of the perceived fears suffered by lady shooters. The level of care and attention to detail in the first provision of a suitable gun will reassure many of the expertise and care to follow, making the early lessons a journey of adventure rather than a leap into the unknown. Further lessons will continue to build the confidence and expertise, resulting in a satisfying number of smashed clays, and so the adventure will continue.

The Young Shot

It is with the younger generation that our future, and the future of shooting lies. It is incumbent upon organisations such as ours to ensure that the skills of shooting and safety are passed down through future generations’.

We are often asked by parents contemplating shooting lessons for their children whether there is a lower age limit for starting shooting. We recommend from the age of 10, but this is dependent on the individual. The main criteria for starting shooting are the ability to safely handle an appropriate gun and the desire to learn!

Early professional tuition will not only give youngsters of both sexes a good grounding in the art of shooting, but will also ensure that no bad habits are developed at an early age, something that can so easily happen without the expert’s guiding hand.

The actual shooting as such is only one part of the learning process – included are sessions on gun safety.