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Auckland's First Urban Axe-Throwing Experience Opens Next Month

You can now hurl 1.2-kilogram bladed weapons across a room.
By Stephen Heard
June 06, 2019
By Stephen Heard
June 06, 2019

It's been compared to throwing darts, but instead of launching tiny arrows at a target, the business of axe-throwing involves hurling 1.2-kilogram bladed weapons across a room. But you probably figured that one out already.

Commercial axe-throwing outfits started popping up around the world about a decade ago. Opening 20 July, 2019, Sweet Axe Throwing is set to be Auckland CBD's first urban axe-throwing experience. The axe arena arrives from Sarah Hilyard and Lloyd Bombell in the bullseye of the city at 110 Nelson Street. The pair first happened upon the competitive sport in Sydney where Lloyd discovered his natural lumberjack talent and was offered a job on the spot. Three years later they decided to bring the activity back to New Zealand. Wellington's axe-throwing experience opened last year and has since hosted everything from birthday parties to team building experiences and date nights.

To get involved, Sweet Axe Throwing requires a minimum of eight axe throwers. There is a limit of 15 people in each self-contained lane, though the venue can accomodate groups of up to 50. The age restriction is 16 and above.

​The game is simple and involves a round-robin playoff where guests score points by throwing axes at a big target. Wooden targets are set up four metres away and two players at a time take turns tossing axes in the direction of the bullseye. Each group spends two hours in the private chain-link lanes with a trained instructor, suitably called "axe-perts", who teach safe throwing techniques and show how the game works. Lloyd says that during his three years of coaching, the worst injury he's seen is a splinter.

Sweet Axe Throwing suggests that anyone can throw an axe, no matter the fitness level, and that "with expert instruction, anyone can land a bullseye safely within one session."

Gameplay follows the official rulebook of the World Axe Throwing League, with six points for hitting the bullseye and between 4-1 points for the five outer rings. Ten points are given for the kill shot, or "clutch", which is only available on the tenth and final throw of the match.

Tickets are currently available for the opening weekend of Sweet Axe Throwing, including an opening offer of $10 for ten throws. The two-hour sessions will set you back $50.

Sweet Axe Throwing opens 20 July, 2019 at 110 Nelson Street. For more information and to make a booking, visit

Image: Sweet Axe Throwing.

Published on June 06, 2019 by Stephen Heard
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