Who are we?
Advanced Archery is owned and operated by husband and wife team Kevin and Carol Watson who've been been in the business since 1996. We also have a great team of people making your arrows, tuning your bows and looking after your orders. Every one of our staff shoots a bow, hunting, competing and just for fun.
It is this depth of experience that allows us to help you with whatever style of archery you're into. Advanced Archery supplies archery equipment to archers and hunters all over New Zealand and we can service ANY brand of bow.
Trips to the United States every year ensure we're up-to-date with advances in equipment, bowhunting, bow tuning, string making and arrow building knowledge. These visits to manufacturers and trade shows provide the opportunity to evaluate the latest products on offer and their suitability for New Zealand conditions. New products are rigorously tested by us and our staff shooters and if the products don't measure up, Advanced Archery doesn't stock them.
Carol is a five times NZBS (New Zealand Bowhunting Society) ladies champion, and was only the fourth woman in NZ to have shot deer - red, sika, fallow, whitetail and sambar as well as pigs - and the first we believe to take the mountain double, a tahr and chamois with a bow in New Zealand. In the United States Carol has shot elk and black bear and on a recent trip to Australia she was happy to take 3 chital stags in one week.
Kevin has taken many big game animals including chamois, elk, red, sika, sambar, rusa, whitetail and fallow deer as well as pigs and is a three times NZBS champion. Internationall Kevin has taken U.S. whitetail and elk, chital in Australia and Rusa from New Caledonia.
Kevin is an popular outdoor writer and has penned many articles covering all aspects of bowhunting equipment, shooting technique and bowhunting skills. You can read his articles and product reviews in the NZ Hunter magazine, Rod & Rifle's 'Your Manual on being a New Zealand Hunter" and in the news section of this website. Designed to entertain and educate all hunters these articles provide great tips gleaned from his years of bowhunting experience.