Have you ever fantasized about joining Frodo Baggins’ merry band of heroes and going toe-to-toe against the, I dunno, Orcs? (Clearly, I’m part of the 1 percent that didn’t watch the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Bear with me, please.)
If so, you’re in luck. There happens to be a place in New Zealand where you can do just that, sans the prosthetic feet that Elijah Woods donned as the legendary hobbit.
It’s called “Have a Shot,” and it’s in Wanaka.
This thrill-seeker’s paradise is basically one big complex where you can do all sorts of adrenaline-pumping activities. Here, you can learn how to wield a bow like Katniss, fight in a battlefield alongside a dozen other people, and even try your hand at clay bird shooting, all within a safe environment and under the supervision of Have a Shot’s friendly, expert staff.
Another thing that’s great about this place is that they are open even on rainy days, so weather conditions won’t put a damper on your plans. The prices are quite reasonable too, with the most expensive activity on offer setting you back by NZ$38 (unlimited arrows at the archery range for 3 pax, about 30 mins. per alley).
Those who aren’t too keen on doing fantasy action movie stunts won’t run out of things to do either. For starters, there’s the golf-range where NZ$8 gets you 50 balls and NZ$2 allows you to rent a club. They’ve got a mini-putt over there too, so small children can also play for only NZ$5 per head.
One other activity worth looking into at “Have a Shot” is Cropool. The name is basically a combination of the words “croquet” and “pool,” and that’s exactly how the game is played. Imagine playing on a giant pool table, but using a croquet mallet to hit croquet balls. NZ$6 per head for singles and NZ$5 per head for doubles gives you 30-40 minutes to play as many games as you like.
Have a Shot is located at 87 Mount Barker Road, Wanaka 9382. They are open everyday from 9 AM to 5 PM during winter and from 9 AM to 5:30 PM in the summer.