What should I wear or bring to game day?
We recommend first time players bring an extra layer of clothing with sleeves (like a hoody or a sweater) for head protection a beanie or a cap is a great idea.
Come over-prepared and remove unnecessary protection as you feel best fit.
Sports or Running shoes are also ideal for Airsoft, concealed toes avoid being trodded on!
Gloves are also a great idea for protecting your hands!
Does getting hit With B.B hurt?
It can in some cases depending especially on where you are hit, and the distance of the fired.
Shots on bare skin will usually have a slight sting, and is more noticable on tighter skin areas or on bone like the knuckles.
If you have played paintball before the impact of a B.B is roughly 10 - 20 percent of the force a paintball has.
Do I have to attend a safety induction?
Most fields (like us) require each new player regardless of their skill level to attend a safety briefing. Remember that each field may have it's own hazards, house rules, and game play rules. Failing to abide by these may get you kicked off field!
What safety gear Is required to play?
Eye protection is absolutely mandatory, some fields (like us) also have mouth protection mandatory. Make sure you choose safe, durable, and well fitting products! While playing, spectating, or even just using airsoft guns make sure you apply your safety. If you are unsure feel free to contact us or your field.
What kinds of face protection should I use?
Eye protection is mandatory when it come to airsoft.
At a minimum well fitting and eye sealing safety rated glasses/goggles (we particularly prefer AS/NZS1337 certified eye wear protection usually found in hardware stores)
Most fields (like us) also have mandatory mouth protection, however we recommend it anyway to take care of your lovely white teeth! We recommend hard mesh or hard plastic lower face guards (Sports in-mouth guards are ineffective and not recommended).
We highly recommend full face masks or paintball masks for the superior protection and durability. Especially for close quarters battles where being shot in the face could be common
Can we hire safety equipment?
Yes! We include full face masks with our hire packages. Most other fields also do... Please check with your local field before playing.
Do i need to be fit?
Not really! Many players actually enjoy walking over running sometimes, and there is absolutely nothing wrong about taking your time and going your own pace. Fitness isn't a major requirement, yet airsoft is also a great way to improve your fitness
Can girls play airsoft?
Absolutely! We highly encourage Boys & Girls to enjoy the sport, be involved with the community, and be part of an experience which grows more and more exciting year by year.
How old do I need to be?
We recommend playing from 16 years old for the best experience, anyone younger (Minimum 12 Years old accepted) will require parents to supervise them on field just in case!
Can I own or buy an airsoft gun?
By law you must be 18 years or older, if you are younger than 18 years old, you must hold an NZ firearms licence (You must be at least 16 years old to sign up)
The Arena can only sell airsoft guns to people who are over 18 or 16 to 18 with a firearms licence, plus proof of membership from a New Zealand Airsoft club. As our airsoft guns were imported with police permits they are sold under the condition of sale being to an Airsoft club member within New Zealand.
If you would like to find out more about firearms licencing, click on the link at the top of this page to find out more
Are airsoft guns considered firearms?
Absolutely. Airsoft guns are classified as a firearm, and are governed by the New Zealand Police Fire Arms Code. They should be used and treated like a real fire arm. You should be storing them out of sight in a Firearms bag or a hard case. They should also only be transported to the field, or back home safely. For more click the "Airsoft Gun Safety" link at the top of this page to learn more about Airsoft gun safety
What does FPS mean? Should I be concerned?
Absolutely, an airsoft gun's FPS is very important for everyone's safety. FPS is an acronym for "feet per second", and is a way of determining the speed of the BB when shot out of your Airsoft gun. Obviously the higher the FPS, the faster the B.B travels, and likely the further the shot will travel. Most fields will have an FPS limit. Please check with your field first before entering play for the first time, or you may face consequences!
What are MED's?
MED means "Minimum Engagement Distance." This is the closest you are allowed to be to another player and still be allowed to pull the trigger. This allows for the B.B to lose some energy in travel and removed the "ouch" in the impact on the player. The Higher the FPS (velocity) of the airsoft gun, the longer the MED is (EG: 420 - 450 FPS = 15 meters MED vs 451 - 600 FPS = 20 meters MED)
Are B.B's Biodegradable?
Some are and some aren't... But will biodegrade over time. Non-bio B.B's are usually made of a plastic like compound, Bio B.B's made of either PLA, which is a corn based materiel which is the same materiel used with making shopping bags. Some Bio B.B ingredients are unknown and kept secret by the creators. Some fields here in Canterbury (And NZ) do not permit non-biodegradable B.B's due to land owner requests (like ECAN or similar). Be sure to check with your field before playing
What do Airsoft Guns fire?
Airsoft guns fire a plastic 6mm Round B.B. Usually these are white but can be found in different colours like green, black, yellow, or glow in the dark for tracers.
Are metal B.B's allowed?
Absolutely not. These will do SERIOUS HARM to people as they will very likely break through most types of safety protection. Most fields will straight up permanently ban you if you take these on field, and we will involve the Police if you are caught attempting to do this. Even just firing metal B.B's from your Airsoft gun will damage your internals. PLEASE do not attempt this at any time
Are full automatic airsoft guns allowed?
Our country is allowed to have full automatic firing airsoft guns. However fields will decide weather full automatic is permitted, and safety rules (like MED's or minimum velocities) for full automatic usage. Ask your field before playing and pay close attention to the rules, you may be taken off field if you fail to do so!