Ballinger Belt

Seddon Range, Trentham, Upper Hutt

The Seddon Range is located in the city of Upper Hutt, at the intersection of Messines Rd, Fryberg Rd and Alexander Road. 

37 km from Wellington Airport (approx. 40 min drive) and 32 km from the Wellington CBD (approx. 30 min drive).

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Since 1906 the National Rifle Association of New Zealand (NRANZ) has been closely associated with the Trentham Military Camp, its neighbour across the road.  The camp has been a major training ground for New Zealand service personnel preparing for international conflicts and international peace keeping missions throughout the 122 year life of the camp. It has been a point of embarkation for the NZ Expeditionary Forces departure to World War I and World War II and is still a major training camp and headquarters for the Tri-Service New Zealand Defence Force (New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy). 

The NRANZ has a License to Occupy the land and use of the range, in a mutually beneficial arrangement with its New Zealand Defence landlord, but is an independent national organisation of 25–30 rifle clubs spread throughout New Zealand.

The 2019 Long Range World Championship programme will be held at the Seddon Range, as it is the only range with the international capacity for 50 targets at 300–1000 yards in New Zealand.

The Masefield Series and the Ballinger Belt Series form the major trophies of the New Zealand Natioanl Championship.

The Seddon Range Shooting Village is the headquarters of the NRANZ and several local rifle clubs, and is located 20 metres behind the 1000 yard mound.  The permanent buildings will be amplified by temporary structures for the period of the national and international championships.

The Seddon Range is 1 km from the Heretaunga Railway Station, 3 km from the Upper Hutt CBD.

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