3 Day Navigation, Bush Craft & River Crossing Course October 23, 2021

This is 3-day navigation, bush craft and river crossing course

***This is our most popular beginner bushcraft training course.  Prior experience is not necessary and we have all the gear and equipment available for you to use.***


The 3-day navigation, bushcraft and river crossing course is an introductory course that combines our 2-day navigation & bushcraft skills course and our 1-day river crossing course.  You do not need prior skills or experience to attend this course.  On completion, you will have the foundation tramping skills to hike some of New Zealand’s most infamous tracks.




This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Range and Arthur’s Pass area. The course starts in Darfield (30 mins from Christchurch) at 7:30 am. We access the bush at Texas Flats (Mt Cheeseman ski field access road) on the first day and spend the night camping in the bush.  After refining our skills on day 2, we head into Arthurs Pass for our night in our accommodation. The 3rd-day finishes with river crossing training on the Waimakariri River or nearby rivers based on suitability.

The course finishes at 3:30 pm in Arthurs Pass or Castle Hill village  (approx 1.5-2hrs from Christchurch airport).


Accommodation (included)

The Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village


This course is one-night camping and one-night based out of our lodge in Arthur’s Pass Village. The lodge has bunk beds set up across 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, & ovens. You will also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow and food.


**Your accommodation is included**


Gear & Equipment

Bring along your normal tramping kit with a tent for our camp out. If you don’t have everything you need, we can hire you some equipment to help set you up for the 3 days. For those travelling by plane, we are happy to organise gas canisters for your overnight camp out.

You can find a packing list at the bottom of this page.



Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking and a convenient dinner for cooking during our camp out. The lodge has a full kitchen & fridge that you are welcome to use for our second night. Alternatively, the local pub in Arthurs Pass serves basic meals and refreshments.


Free Transport

River Crossing Transport
OENZ 4×4


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 (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car but want a lift we’re happy to meet you at one of the following locations:

Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 8:00 am (see on google maps)

*Darfield Bakery 8:30 am (see on google maps)

Castle Hill Village 9:00 am (see on google maps)

*Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.

OENZ Van for mountaineering courses
OENZ 12 seat Van



Travelling From out of town?

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.




When is the next course?

Bushcraft courses run from October to June.  Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.


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Price: $699*


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* This is the early bird booking price, standard rates available on the course calendar.


This Bushcraft & River Crossing course includes


Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

learning map features
  • 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

Orientating map with compass
  • 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
  • Emergency communications
  • Using a GPS/Smartphone GPS


Camping skills

  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Field weather observations and predictions


Bushcraft & River Crossing Course
River Crossing Mutual Support

River Crossing

  • Hazards
  • River characteristics
  • River crossing principles
  • Decision Making
  • River crossing methods
  • Recovery







Course outline
Packing 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




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Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: [email protected]

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Course Timing

8:30 to 4:00pm