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Best courier for guns in New Zealand

There are gun lovers all over New Zealand, and chances are you’re going to want to trade with them at some point. Whether it’s purchasing from a small engineering shop or gun importer on a different island, or buying a second-hand rifle off trademe, there’s always going to be an occasion when you need to buy something that your average courier doesn’t like shipping.

Rifles not powder

No, I’m not talking about explosives like powder or primers. Hazardous goods is a whole other story, and realistically you are better off going to your local retailer 9 times out of 10.

No, I’m talking about rifles and their parts. Accessories aren’t a problem, and usually  parts like triggers or suppressors aren’t an issue. It’s the barrelled action that causes consternation.

It used to be that you could get your local Hunting & Fishing to transfer a rifle to the buyer’s local branch for a fee, but they no longer do this.

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Who to choose

The only courier I have found that will consistently deliver rifles and parts is Fastway Couriers. The last time I had a rifle shipped with them it cost $27. If you have the bolt shipped separately, it will cost more. And of course there will be differences depending on the location of buyer and seller. I guess you could figure on spending between $25 and $50.

I have tried other couriers as well, but none have been as reliable and easy to deal with. Most of them just won’t ship your gun for you. I’m not paid by anyone to promote Fastway, just hoping to share the benefit of my experience.

Aside from that, I would always recommend getting a gun shipped signature only. I would also get it sent to your work in a nondescript box, so that you can be 100% sure it won’t be left lying around in your driveway.

Geoff

Geoff

Geoff is a shooting and reloading enthusiast who would rather be at the range, but is content to write about it. He is a member of Howick Smallbore Sporting Rifle Club and Waiuku Pistol Club.

11 thoughts on “Best courier for guns in New Zealand

  1. Hi, I just went to courier a firearm via fastways, the website says $40, they took one look at it and said that firearms are $65. I absolutely hate that sort of false advertising and corruption.

    I ended up sending it through hunting and fishing for $50

    However after I sent it I asked a local gunsmith company, they are able to sent guns through pbt, for a lot less than your 27 minimum! I am not sure if pbt does consumer stuff, I think they just do trade deliveries.

    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for sharing your experience – it’s certainly helpful.

      It seems it’s different depending on where you are and who you talk to. My local Hunting & Fishing won’t send on behalf, however others have reported success through them.

      I’ve just bought a rifle in Wellington, so it’ll be interesting to see who the seller chooses to send it with.

      Perhaps it’s time to update this article!

      Cheers

      1. Hi Geoff, my gun never showed up! after some digging on my part it looks like you were right, the H&F store was happy to send but the receiving h&f store wouldn’t accept it, apparently it only happens these days if one store owner asks a favour from another store owner, I ended up getting the store to send it to a local gunsmith as a favour, I will pick it up from the gunsmith.

        In the future I am going to try PBT, because they seem to deal in a lot of trade items, all you have to do is obtain the correct ticket, go into pbt, dump it on the ground in the reception area (in my local branch there is normally a small pile of other peoples packages) and leave. Because its all trade stuff they normally don’t ask any questions – you just drop and go, it could be a pair of hockey sticks for all they know. I can get a ticket for about $15 so I will let you know how I get on. $15 is the retail price for a nationwide ticket – I don’t know the wholesale but I think it would be about half that! There are a lot of people out there being ripped off, as a gun owner I am a bit over paying 3 times what something is worth because I don’t have any choice.

        I really do wonder if the $65 for a gun experience with fastways was the office persons way of pocketing the difference.

        1. Hi Matt,

          Thanks for sharing your experience – it’s always helpful for readers to know what’s going on out there!

          I recently bought an old .303 for a project rifle and the seller sent it from Palmy to Auckland for $15.50! He sent via Fastways and their Parcel Connect agents. I’m guessing he simply didn’t tell them it was a firearm – it was in a rectangular box with great packaging. Or perhaps Parcel Connect was less fussy?

          Another strange thing – on my mail order purchase form from the police, I put the depot as the address for delivery – I didn’t want a firearm sitting in the driveway if the driver decided he couldn’t be bothered getting a signature. The Arms Officer called me up and said it had to be delivered to my address, as it has been security checked by police. I find this a bit strange as picking up from the depot guarantees signature/safe delivery and it goes through the depot anyway!

          Glad to hear you were able to get your rifle in the end!

          Cheers

          1. Hi guys we courier a lot and always find Fastways to be good , PBT are happy to transport fire arms but are not as close for us.Our Fastway driver (Tauranga) knows the contents and keeps on the van floor up front and the depot always red flag them and puts them in the office. Nothing gone astray so far .NZ Couriers wont do it knowingly without a lot of paperwork and wont cover insurance if they don’t know what’s in the box . We never ship Friday so packages never sit in the depot over the weekend if they miss the last pickup ,that was Fastways advice as a few have disappeared

  2. At the end of the article:
    ” I would also get it sent to your work in a nondescript box”

    Unfortunately this is against the law unless your work is also your registered and nominated
    address for the secure storage of your firearms, as checked and verified in your firearms licence
    application process.

    If the package requires a signature then it will be returned to the depot not left unsecure
    on your driveway while you are away, and the depot is considered secure storage
    under the mail-order obligations.

    1. Hi Johnathan,

      You’re absolutely right on that count – as you can see from my reply to Matt’s comment below, last time I had a rifle shipped, it had to be to my registered address that had been security checked by the police.

      Interestingly, when I wrote this article, I had had ordered several firearms to my work (over a long period of time), and never had that feedback from the AO (up until last time).

      The reason I did that, was because unfortunately I do know people who have had ‘sign only’ packages with firearms in them left unattended at their residence. I’ve never had this myself, but I have had regular parcels that are ‘sign only’ left at the house when no one was home. Most of the time this wouldn’t be a problem, but it does happen. Maybe less so now that most couriers and parcels are GPS tracked and electronically signed for??

      Thanks for reading and contributing!

      Cheers,
      Geoff

  3. Just an update on the Fastways pricing, they now charge $75 for a firearm, bolt separate for $8. still only depot to depot or to a registered business address.
    Poste Haste have just quoted me $20 – $40 for the rifle (depending on the weight) and $8 for the bolt,
    we’ll see how they go…

    1. Excellent, thanks for sharing Rob.

      It’s getting quite good having everyone’s comments on this article, so everyone can keep up to date and what’s happening in the industry.

      Cheers

  4. Much has changed since this thread started!
    Fastway Couriers will still move firearms around the country, but in the case of dealers they have to be sent to one of their Depots! This can be a real pain for rural customers and overall it is a disaster – but is, yet again, a totally anti-firearm move, as is the blatant nonsense that lead shot and lead projectiles are a contaminant!

    We went to the official opening of the new Wairarapa Gun Club range last Saturday – two years later than scheduled; because the Great Wellington Regional Council had been instructed by Nick Smith to ban lead shot on shooting ranges!
    But once the NZ Clay Target Association got involved and employed the country’s best legal environmental brains the problem with lead usage disappeared! And Nick Smith with it!
    NEIL HAYES

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