Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining HuntingHQ?

HuntingHQ membership is primarily designed to provide hunters with access to approved, unique hunting locations not available to the general public.

Belonging to the HuntingHQ community will also provide you with these amazing benefits:

  • An online booking system with a wide range of approved property profiles so you can choose where you want to hunt and what wildlife you want to hunt
  • A property/landowner star-rating system so you can choose prime hunt locations
  • A community forum to talk shop, ask questions, share advice and exchange stories with like-minded people
  • An online hunting diary to capture, record and share your experiences
  • Discounts from hunting suppliers
  • Hunter education – improve your skills and knowledge
  • Online trip organiser
  • Liability insurance – the HuntingHQ Farmer Guarantee (Public Liability Insurance) provides HuntingHQ members with legal negligence protection while on both public and private property anywhere in NZ
  • Fill your freezer with the game you catch
  • Time outdoors with mates
What is the process to join HuntingHQ?

During the registration process all hunters are required to:

  • Create a profile
  • Sit and pass a Health and Safety Exam comprised of firearms code of practice and farm code of conduct
  • Provide a current firearms licence
How much does it cost to book a hunt?

Each landowner will charge a daily hunter fee. This fee will vary depending on the unique land parameters and wildlife on the property.

If a landowner chooses to list accommodation on their property, you as the hunter can choose to take up this offer and will be charged an appropriate nightly accommodation fee.

What can I shoot?

In the property profile each landowner specifies what type of wildlife are available to be hunted on their property.

The listings can be filtered by type of wildlife you wish to hunt.

What can I take onto the property?

When you view the property profile you will see a list of what you are allowed to take with you onto the property.

E.g. vehicles, dogs.

How many hunters can I have in my hunt group?

In the property profile landowners will specify how many hunters they will allow in any one hunt group on their property at any one time.

Only one hunting group will have access to the property at any one time.

Star-Rating System

HuntingHQ has a comprehensive star-rating system for both hunters and farmers.

Once your membership has been approved you will receive a 5-star rating. To maintain this rating, you will be required to adhere to safe practice, complying with health and safety rules and by building a good relationship with the landowner.

If your star rating drops below a 3.9 your account will be suspended and HuntingHQ will conduct an inquiry.

How much does it cost to belong to the HuntingHQ Community?

The yearly subscription to belong to the HuntingHQ Community is $249 NZD.

What protection do I have against property damage?

The HuntingHQ Farmer Guarantee (Public Liability Insurance) provides $10 million NZD liability insurance cover, which protects HuntingHQ members for legal negligence while on both public and private property anywhere in New Zealand.

What are my legal responsibilities regarding the spread of Didymo?

Did you know that the South Island of New Zealand is a controlled area for didymo?

This makes it a legal requirement to clean all gear used in the water before going from one waterway to another.

So far, no didymo has been found in the North Island but it is good practice to check, clean and dry when you move between waterways.

Clean all gear when moving between waterways

Freshwater pests, including didymo, could squeeze the life out of our country’s most precious rivers and lakes. They can be spread by a single drop of water or plant fragment. You can help to protect your favourite waterways if you always check, clean, then dry any equipment that comes into contact with the water, between every waterway, every time.

The Check, Clean, Dry Method

To prevent the spread of freshwater pests (like didymo), whenever you move between waterways you must check, clean and dry all your gear that comes into contact with water. If you don’t want to treat your gear, make sure you only use it in one waterway.

Check – Remove any plant matter from your gear and leave it at the site (the river or lake bank) or put it in the rubbish. Don’t wash plant material down any drain.

Clean – There’s more than one option for cleaning your gear – choose the one that’s best for your situation and your gear.

Dry – Ensure your gear is completely dry to touch, inside and out, then leave dry for at least another 48 hours before you use it (didymo can survive for months on moist gear).

For specific information about your responsibilities to help prevent the spread of freshwater pests such as didymo; and how to clean larger items such as vehicles click here.

Becoming a HuntingHQ Host is Free

A HuntingHQ host is an owner or manager of a farm or rural property who has registered with us. Registering your property with HuntingHQ is free, and by doing so you will have instant access to our superior hunter management and booking system, improve your management of unwanted wildlife, increase your income, and ensure you are WorkSafe Health and Safety compliant. Additionally you control – your availability, prices, farm rules, how much interaction you have with hunters, types of wildlife hunted, and most importantly who has access to your property.

Who can be a HuntingHQ Host?

Becoming a HuntingHQ host is simple, and available in most areas throughout New Zealand. The only restriction is that you must own or manage the rural property you wish to list.

How will being a HuntingHQ Host affect my Health and Safety Compliance?

How will being a HuntingHQ Host affect my WorkSafe Health and Safety compliance?

As a HuntingHQ host you become a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU) according to the Health and Safety Work Act (2015) (HSWA).

As a PCBU you have a primary duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical the health and safety of visitors (hunters) invited onto your property.

For this reason we have built WorkSafe Recreational Access and the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) requirements into our software so you can feel confident when listing with HuntingHQ that you meet those requirements.

What do HSWA require?

As a PCBU you are required to alert visitors to potential hazards or workplace risks not normally expected on a farm.

HuntingHQ’s Solution

During the listing process, as the host, you will be asked to document known or potential work related hazards – this could include (but is not limited to) such things as tree-felling, blasting, earthmoving machinery, pest control activities, spraying, effluent ponds, offal pits, etc). Hunters will receive this hazard information via email on completion of booking along with your farm code of conduct (farm rules), and this information can then be viewed on their HuntingHQ App whenever necessary.

Using our mapping software you will also be asked to highlight your property boundaries, hunt zones, potential hazards and areas which are off limits. Hunters will receive this map with hazard information on their App when they scan the QR access code on arrival at your property; this map further supports HSWA hazard requirements.

In addition to this, HuntingHQ have installed the following software design features to provide you with even greater protection:

  • Farm Rules – you will be asked to document any specific farm rules you expect visitors to adhere to. (All our members have to pass a farm code of conduct exam before being offered membership, and any farm rules you document must be followed with NO EXCEPTION. Any hunter known to break those rules will have their membership permanently revoked.)
  • Arrival and Departure – visitors are required to log their entry and departure from your property by scanning a QR access code (mounted on a sign at the entry to your property) with their HuntingHQ App; you will automatically receive an notification alert on your HuntingHQ App and an email when visitors arrive and depart.
  • Meet & Greet – whilst it is not as HSWA requirement for you to greet visitors when they arrive at your property as they will already have the required hazard information, you may choose to meet them in person and reiterate potential work related hazards or other important information. (Your HuntingHQ App will alert you to a visitor’s arrival when they scan the QR code at the access point to your property).
  • Track your visitors – using the geotagging function of your HuntingHQ App you will be able to track exactly where a hunter or hunt group has been on your property.

To check out our HuntingHQ Health and Safety Policy for Farmers click here.

What protection do I have against property damage?

The HuntingHQ Farmer Guarantee (Public Liability Insurance) provides $10 million NZD liability insurance cover, which protects HuntingHQ members for legal negligence while on both public and private property anywhere in New Zealand.

The Farm Guarantee program doesn’t cover cash and securities, collectibles, rare artwork, jewellery or pets. We recommend that hosts secure or remove valuables if also providing accommodation.

How do I know the hunters are of good character?

HuntingHQ understands that you as the landowner want to know that anyone you invite onto your property is of good character and known to treat hunting and a host’s property with the respect it deserves.

Every hunter is required to hold a current firearms licence, pass a Health and Safety Exam, and provide us with information about themselves before they are granted access to the HuntingHQ community.

We provide you with the following ways to assess potential hunters:

  • 5-Star Rating – before you accept a hunt booking you can check the hunters star rating – this 5-star rating system will provide insight into how this hunter behaved at previous host’s properties.
  • Feedback – you can look at specific feedback other hosts have provided about their experience of the hunter.
  • Profile – you can read the hunters profile which provides you with personal insight into their character – age, profession, current photo, shooting/hunting history, club participation and other relevant information.
How do I know the hunting party understands gun safety?

It is vital to HuntingHQ that you as the host feel safe inviting hunters to your property.

Every HuntingHQ hunter must hold a current firearms licence and have passed a  Health and Safety Exam prior to being granted access to HuntingHQ Community. The Health and Safety Exam is comprised of questions related to firearms code of practice and farm code of conduct.

The hunter is also asked to provide personal background information to create their profile – age, profession, current photo, shooting/hunting history, club participation and other relevant information.

Landowners will have access to view a hunter’s profile in full before booking confirmation.

Can I limit how many hunters will be on my property at any one time?

Absolutely! As the host you can specific how many hunters you will permit onto your property at any one time.

When you receive a booking request you will see how many hunters are in the hunt party. You can then look at each hunter’s profile before deciding whether to accept the booking.

Can I control when my property is available for bookings?

As a HuntingHQ host you will have complete control of land availability through the booking system. Hunters can apply to hunt on dates you specify.

How do I make money by listing with HuntingHQ?

As a host you get the best of both worlds – by listing with HuntingHQ you can actually make money whilst receiving assistance with management of unwanted and environmentally damaging wildlife.

  1. You can charge a daily hunt fee per hunter. The price you charge for your listing is entirely up to you. To help you decide, we suggest searching for a comparable listing in your area and get an idea of market prices. Additionally, taken into consideration is the wildlife available to be hunted.
  2. If you have the option of accommodation on your land you can advertise this in your listing and charge an appropriate nightly fee per person. Prices will vary depending on what accommodation you have available – you may have facilities for a camp site? Shearers quarters or some other type of accommodation to offer? During the listing process you will be asked if you wish to provide accommodation, what type of accommodation you have and what price you wish to charge per night.

Fees for hunting and accommodation will be paid 24-hours prior to the booking date.

If the hunt group cancels within 7-days of the date booked, the landowner will receive 50% of the booking fee.

How should I choose my listing price?

The price you charge for your listing is entirely up to you. To help you decide, we suggest searching for comparable listings in your area to get an idea of market prices. Additionally, take into consideration the wildlife available to be hunted.

What fees are there to list a property with HuntingHQ?

There’s no cost to sign up. We keep it simple with a 15% service fee on income earned from your listing. This is deducted from the direct deposit made to your account prior to the booking date.

How do I monitor hunters while they are on my property?

On arrival and departure hunters will scan an entry QR code on their mobile app, and you as the host will be notified.

During the listing process, you will set property boundaries and create zones within those boundaries that dictate the areas hunters must stay within during their visit. The property boundaries and the zones are supplied to the hunter before the booking date.

Can I decide what wildlife hunters may hunt?

HuntingHQ is designed to help the landowner in managing unwanted and environmentally damaging wildlife on their property.

With this in mind, HuntingHQ places you in control of which wildlife you would like hunters to target when on your property. During the listing process, you can specify which types of unwanted wildlife you would like managed.