7 Day Bush Craft Course November 21, 2020

This is a 7-day bushcraft course.


On this comprehensive 7-day course, you will learn everything from river crossing techniques to advanced navigation. This combines our 2-day bushcraft course, 1-day river crossing course and our advanced navigation and survival course.

Delivered by our highly skills local guides and instructors you will learn all the skills you need to get out there and hike independently in New Zealand’s remote tramping locations.

From our base lodge, we have access to a huge range of terrain enabling us to meet the skill of individuals as well as the group.

*Prior experience is not necessary, this course covers everything you need to know wrapped up in one package.




This course is delivered in Craigieburn Forest Park & Arthurs Pass National Park.  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 7-day course***

Craigieburn Forest Camp Out (day 1)

The first night of our course includes a camp out in the Craigieburn Forest Park.  We use this time to cover basic bushcraft skills in choosing a campsite, accessing water etc.


Arthurs Pass Lodge (days 2-5

The second through to the fifth night 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/Tent (days 6-7)

Our last night is spent in survival shelters that you build in the bush.



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.

**Pub styled food is available from the Wobbly Kea and Bealey Hotel**




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 8:00 am (see on google maps)

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

*Castle Hill Village 9:15 am (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: $1749.00*




7 Day Bush Craft Course Highlights



Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

Bushcraft navigation and survival training
Sunset above the bush line day 6
  • Colours and symbols
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • 6 figure grid references
  • Above the bush line navigation
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • Refining contour interpretation



Travelling contour features

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



Using a compass

navigtaion, bushcraft and survival skills
Orientating map with a compass
  • Finding North
  • Orientating map with compass
  • Follow a compass bearing
  • Field: map bearings
  • Map: Field bearings
  • Taking resections/triangulations
  • Downslope bearings
  • Cross slope bearings
  • Feild: Feild bearings
  • Refining compass technique

Clothing & Equipment selection



Camping skills

  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Field weather observations and predictions



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

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



Weather education

  • 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

river crossing, bush craft, navigation courses
Mutual Support 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

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

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Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 17 Oct 20
  • 09 Jan 21
  • 06 Feb 21
  • 27 Mar 21

Course Timing

8:30am to 4:00pm