The Hawkes Bay Rifle Club was formed in 2008 from the remnants of the Okawa Rifle Club, Napier City Rifle Club and Waipukurau Rifle Clubs, after the closure of the army rifle range at Roys Hill near Hastings in 2001.A small but dedicated group of shooters survived by travelling the lower north island and using provincial championship meetings as practice.

A new Hawkes Bay rifle range, which is totally electronic, has been constructed and is situated on Horonui station just south of Hastings. The club currently shoots at three distances, 300 yards, 600 yards and 1000 yards.

Access to the new Hawkes Bay Range is from the end of Anderson road just off Old Main road at Pakipaki State Highway 2. As the range is on private property it is a requirement that visitors comply with all safety instructions and obey the Range Officer at all times.

Shooting is anticipated to start the first weekend in September each year and continue through to April. Start time is normally 1.00pm Saturday afternoons with the third Sunday morning of the month at 9.00am. All visitors are very welcome to come along and have a go at shooting on a state-of-the art electronic range. Just let the club know in advance that you’re planning to visit.

For enquirers wishing to contact the Hawkes Bay Rifle Club, in the first instance please phone the club secretary; Les (06) 878-4220. You may also use email but you may not get an answer straight away; [email protected]