6 Day Advanced Navigation, Survival & River Crossing Course January 10, 2021

This is a 6-day advanced navigation, survival & river crossing course.


Our 6-Day advanced navigation, survival and river crossing courses take your hiking skills to the next level.  Extensive training in advanced navigation techniques, walking in steep terrain and river crossing as well as building on our foundation knowledge in weather interpretation and trip planning. This course will give you the confidence to undertake advanced or challenging tramping routes like never before.

This is a popular course for people looking to take on advanced tramping routes that may take you over alpine passes or for people looking to create their own pathway through the New Zealand backcountry.

This course is also valuable for those intending to get into mountaineering and looking to build on their navigation skills.



Before attending this course, you must have completed our 2-day bushcraft course and or be competent in basic navigation, understanding map features, scale and using a compass and be able to walk with a pack for 4-6 hours.

This is an advanced level course.  Please get in contact with us before booking if you believe you have the prerequisite skills but haven’t attended any formal training.



This course is delivered in Arthurs Pass National Park.  However, New Zealand mountain weather can be fickle so as a backup option sometimes we split the course between Arthurs Pass and The Craigieburn Range (see map).  Having flexibility in course location ensures you will get the most of your time with us.




Arthurs Pass Mountaineering courses
Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village

**All your accommodation is included in this advanced navigation & survival course**


Arthurs Pass Lodge

The first four nights of our accommodation will be staying at our Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village. The lodge has bunk beds set up across three bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You’ll also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow.


Survival Shelters

Our fifth night is spent in survival shelters high up in the bush. You will need to build a suitable natural shelter using only what’s in your pack to survive the night.



Just bring along your normal tramping/hiking kit, a compass, and some food. We will send you a detailed gear list once your booking has been processed.

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 hire. Just add a note to your booking or give us a call to organize your gear rental in advance.



This is an uncatered course, make sure you bring along lots of snacks and your meals suitable for cooking at camp. Check out our gear list below for more information.





Bushcraft and navigtaion courses
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 and want a lift we can meet you at one of the following locations.

Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 3:30 pm (see on google maps)

*Darfield Bakery 4:00 pm (see on google maps)

*Castle Hill Village 4:30 pm (see on google maps)


*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.




Navigation and bushcraft courses run from October to June.  visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses and private training can be arranged on alternative dates by request.




PRICE: $1399.00*




6 Day Advanced Navigation, Survival & River Crossing Course Highlights



Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

Navigation and bushcraft course
Interpreting contour features
  • Above the bush line navigation
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • Refining contour interpretation



Travelling contour features

  • Ridges
  • Spurs
  • Gullies
  • Saddles
  • Highpoints



Using a compass

  • Downslope bearings
  • Cross slope bearings
  • Feild: Feild bearings
  • Refining compass technique
bush craft training courses
Poles for bracing in steep loose terrain


Advanced walking techniques in steep terrain

  • Poles for bracing
  • Foot placements and techniques for steep or slippery terrain
  • Handlines
  • Scree – traversing, ascending/descending



Survival skills

  • Building a natural survival shelter
  • Field weather observations and predictions
  • Fire lighting in adverse conditions



Weather education

bush craft
Synoptic Charts
  • Reading and interpreting synoptic & metadata information
  • Weather data interpretation across forecasting sites
  • Free air Freezing Level and what it means
  • Understanding how fronts move and what they mean
  • A foundational understanding of how weather works.



River Crossing

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






*Advertised price is the early bird discounted price.





Course Outline
Gear List














Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: admin@oenz.co.nz

Field Based Course Highlights

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Course Timing

8:30am to 4:00pm