2-day Bushcraft Course August 6, 2022

This is a 2-day bush craft & navigation course.

Bushcraft and navigation course with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
2-day Navigation and bush craft Course


2-day Bush craft Course Overview


An Introductory navigation and bush craft course for people who would like to explore the New Zealand bush. Spend the weekend navigating from your map and compass off track and through varied terrain.

This is a popular course for people that are looking to develop their personal navigation skills and knowledge as well as learn how to utilise new technologies in their tramping repertoire. Whether your a daywalker, avid tramper or hunter, if you are looking to upskill, then this is the course for you.



Bush craft course location


This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Forest Park near Castle Hill Village. We meet at 8:30 am in Darfield (approx 40 mins from Christchurch). From Darfield, we drive into the hills and onto our course location parking at Texas flats, Mt Cheeseman.

Free transport is available from Christchurch.


See google map of course delivery location.




wild camping on bushcraft course
2-day bush craft course -Wild camping


On this bush craft course, you will be wild camping in the Craigieburn forest park.

We have tents available if you don’t have your own.





What gear will I need? Just your backpack, your normal tramping/hiking clothing, a compass, and some food.

If you’re not sure, you have everything you need for the course, no need to stress. We have all the gear and equipment available for you to borrow or hire. Just add a note to your booking or give us a call to organize your gear rental in advance.

Note: You will find a full packing list at the bottom of this page.



This bushcraft course is self-catered. If you have never packed for an overnight hike, we can help you out with meal ideas. A packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page.




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If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses.



Meeting locations 


If you live locally or your driving to the course, please meet us at one of the following locations:

OENZ bush courses free transport
OENZ 12 seat van


*Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.




We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 6 pm.



2 Day Bushcraft Course Includes


Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

Bush craft course
2-day bush craft course
  • Colours and symbols
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • 6 figure grid references



Interpreting contour features

  • Ridges
  • Spurs
  • Gullies
  • Valleys
  • Saddles
  • Highpoints



Using a compass

Bush craft and navigation course with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
Bush craft & Navigation course
  • Finding North
  • Orientating map with compass
  • Follow a compass bearing
  • Field: map bearings
  • Map: Field bearings
  • Taking resections/triangulations



Clothing & Equipment selection

  • Packs
  • Boots
  • Walking poles
  • Personal clothing
  • Using a GPS/Smartphone GPS


Camping skills

  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Field weather observations and predictions



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Map reading – bush craft course

Emergency communications

  • In-reach
  • Spot
  • Mountain radio
  • PLB







*Advertised price is the early bird discounted price.


Course Outline
Gear List









See what our clients have to say

“Just spent 2 days with Alan on the last survival bushcraft and navigation course for the ”summer”. I was really impressed with how he was able to tailor the course perfectly to our level and at the same time differentiate his teaching to suit the goals of the different participants. I’m a teacher and I know quality instruction when I see it. These guys are quality. Cheers Al.” – Will Elliot

*Minimum people needed to run a course

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.


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+64 3 329 9076

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