The Rotorua Black Powder Club is for those interested in shooting firearms, both originals and replicas, from the black powder era (1400-1900).

The Club's monthly shoot is on the second Sunday of each month on it's Mead Road (off Tarawera Road) range.
Other shoots, theme or championship competitions, are also held on the range during the year (see Annual Shooting Programme).

The Club supports and encourages all ages and gender to handle and use firearms in a safe and responsible way.

Interested persons are welcome to contact the Club (see Contact box in the menu at the top left of the page) and arrangements will be made to introduce them to this most interesting and diverse sport of black powder shooting.

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Last updated:

14 Mar 2023 

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Monthly Committee meetings will, as a rule, be held at the range during the monthly club shoot - ALL members welcome. Please advise the Secretary of any matters you wish to have discussed before the Wednesday prior to the monthly club shoot day.


​​​​​​​>Thanks to the NZDA Rotorua Branch, Mead Road has being repaired and it is up to ALL users to help keep it in a good state. Please make the effort and keep your speed down to 25 kph. The time to the range at this speed is only 3 1/2 minutes and the annual maintanence levy for 2023 is $20 per member.

>A general reminder to everyone going to the range to fill in the range attendance book... it is kept on the bench beside the club house door. 'Signing in' is a requirement of our Range Standing Orders. All persons attending the range must sign the book every visit and pistol shooters must include their PNZ number. The attendance book is also very helpful for monitoring our security and for Covid-19 tracing requirements.

Interested in shooting rifle, shotgun or pistol with an historical slant? Interested in target shooting, hunting, history, collecting, reenactment? Interested in learning to shoot muzzle loaders and traditional black powder cartridge firearms? Then for more enjoyment and bangs for your buck... contact the Rotorua Black Powder Club, a family supportive club of responsible historic firearm users.

*With much regret I advise that this year’s NZBPSF National Rifle and Pistol Champs (including the postal MLAIC Pacific Zone Champs) has been cancelled. Both the NZBPSF Executive and the host club RBPC deem that with only five completed entries received by the entry deadline there are insufficient interested shooters to run the event.

A big thank you to the few who committed early by entering or offering to help and a thank you to those who later entered or offered to help.

David B - Event Organiser and RBPC Committee. 14/03/23


>Excluding those who had work commitments or valid reasons to not attend, well over half our Club members turned up to yesterday's working bee. All the planned for jobs were completed plus some extras. Pot holes filled, scrub cut, gateway and chain posts fixed, toilets stabilized, cross sticks boxes filled, some mowing done and the 25/50m shooting bays safety wall erected. Grant S also took away the large mower to give it an overhaul. It was a hot day but the esprit de corps meant all went smoothly and quickly. Thanks for your time and efforts guys - Ray A, Robert B, John F, Steve G. Peter H, Stephen J, Laurie K, Grant S, John S, and David B for organizing the afternoon.

>Have you checked out the TRADING POST recently? Always changing items in the For Sale and Wanted sections.