7-day Bushcraft Course March 15, 2025

This is a 7-day bush training course.

Bush training with OENZ- Outdoor Education New Zealand
7-day Bush Training Course

7-day Bushcraft Training Course Overview


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

Delivered by our highly skilled 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.

This is a popular course for people looking to take on overnight trips that may take you over alpine passes or for people looking to gain confidence in the wilderness and explore New Zealand’s backcountry.

This course is also suitable for professional guides and instructors training towards NZOIA Bush 1 or Bush 2 accreditation.



Youth Price $1499.50** (14-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 14 years.


*Advertised price is the early bird discounted price.

**Conditions apply for youth pricing structure. See FAQ’s page




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


Bushcraft Training Course Location

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Arthurs Pass National Park


This course is delivered in Craigieburn Forest Park & Arthurs Pass National Park.  Having flexibility in course location ensures you will get the most out of your time with us.

Days 1 & 2 – Craigieburn Forest Park

Days 3 – 7 – Arthurs Pass National Park





**All your accommodation is included in this 7-day course***

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Wild Camping, Craigieburn Forest Park

Craigieburn Forest Camp Out (day 1)

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


1st night – Wild Camping

2nd night – Arthurs Pass lodge

3rd night – Arthurs Pass lodge

4th night – Arthurs Pass lodge

5th night – Arthurs Pass lodge

6th night – wild camping Arthurs Pass National Park


Arthurs Pass Lodge (days 2-5)


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Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village

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, a fridge, and 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. Alternatively, you can sleep in your tent if the weather is very poor.



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Boots drying


Bring 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 unsure, 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 a self-catered course. Please pack all of your meals and snacks for the duration of the course.



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OENZ 4×4


Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you’re travelling from out of town to attend one of our Bush training courses.


Meeting Locations

If you have your own transport, please meet us 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)

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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.


7-Day Bush Training Course Highlights


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Reading a topo map

Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

  • Colours and symbols
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • 6 figure grid references


Interpreting contour features


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


navigtaion, bushcraft and survival skills
Orientating map with a compass

Using 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

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Survival shelter/bivvy building
  • Packs
  • Boots
  • Walking poles
  • Personal clothing
  • Emergency communications
  • Using a GPS/Smartphone GPS


Camping skills & Survival skills


  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Pitching tents
  • Building a natural survival shelter
  • Fire lighting in adverse conditions


Advanced walking techniques in steep terrain


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Crossing steep scree
  • 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


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Synoptic Charts
  • Finding reliable forecasts in NZ
  • Reading  synoptic charts
  • Using metadata charts
  • Free air Freezing Level (FAFL)
  • Global Weather Effects in NZ
  • Understanding Weather systems
    • High pressure
    • Low Pressure
  • Orographic lifting
  • Convection heating
  • Frontal systems
    • Cold front
    • Warm fronts
    • Occluded fronts
    • Stationary fronts
  • Field observations
    • Reading clouds


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River Crossing

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





*Minimum people needed to run a course

Course booking form

Participant Details

Participant details

Please enter details for each participant you're booking for (even if they're the same as entered above).

Bookings are $2999 per participant

Add a Youth Participant?

Youth Participant details

Youth must be at least 14 (accompanied by an adult) years old to attend this course

Bookings are $1499.50 per youth participant



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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.

Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 19 Oct 24
  • 25 Jan 25

Course Timing

8:30am to 4:00pm