Bush Consolidation Trip - Lewis Pass National Park May 13, 2023

This is a 3-day off-track consolidation trip

Hiking in Lewis Pass National Park New Zealand
Bush consolidation trip -Lewis Pass National Park

BushCraft Consolidation Trip Overview

On this 3-day trip, you will complete one of the classics off-track trips in Lewis Pass National Park, Mt Faust to Boyle Flats Hut loop. Guided by one of our qualified instructors you will have the opportunity to practice your navigation, route finding, and wild camping skills.

Completing a consolidation trip is a great way to build confidence, explore a new area, and meet other like-minded people. This trip is a popular course for people looking at taking on overnight trips that may take you off track or over alpine passes.

We have designed the overview of the route and we complete all the planning for you.  After a handover in the morning before we leave, the group then takes over and manages the tramp while being overseen by the instructor.

Please note, this is a consolidation trip. If there are a few skills you would like to revisit or practice the instructor will be happy to cover these with you. However, this is not a teaching course so no new skills will be taught.


*A minimum OENZ 2-day bushcraft course or equivalent is required to attend this consolidation tramp. If you have completed training with another provider or club please give us a call before booking.


3-Day Lewis Pass Route Description

Boyle Village, Mt Faust, Boyle Flats Hut Loop

Day 1:

Arrive at Boyle Village, Lewis Pass. Walk up Mt Faust, make camp by alpine tarn at approx altitude 1500 metes.

Day 2:

Starting at Mt Faust tarns navigate along tops before descending down to Boyle Flats Hut. Stay at Boyle flats Hut or Magdullen Hut

Day 3:

Edwards hut to Greyneys Shelter – Home

This makes up the bones of the tramp however variations of this trip are possible and will be decided upon with the group and instructor.

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Boyle flats hut in Lewis Pass National Park
Boyle Flats Hutt, Lewis Pass N.P

1st night

Wild camping on Mt Faust

2nd night

Boyle Flats Hut or Magdalen Hut. These are standard New Zealand Backcountry huts. for more information about these huts please visit the DOC website.








Bush training
Boots drying

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 use. Just add a note to your booking or give us a call to organize your gear requirements.

A full packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page.




This is a self-catered course, please pack all of your meals and snacks for the duration of the course. A full packing list can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.



Bushcraft and navigtaion courses
OENZ 4×4

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you are travelling from out of town to attend one of our bush trips.


Meeting Locations

If you have your own transport please meet us at one of the following locations.

  • Z service station/Burger king car park, Belfast at 8:00 am

         (see on google maps)     

  • Allied fule stop, Waipara

(see on google maps)

Bush training courses
OENZ 12 seat Van

*Our preferred meeting location is Z service station, Belfast.




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.


This Bush Consolidation Trip  Includes


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

Field to map bearings
Field to map bearings 
  • Field: field bearings
  • Refining compass technique


Advanced walking techniques in steep terrain

  • Poles for bracing
  • Scree – traversing, ascending/descending


River Crossing

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




Consolidation Trip Back-up Locations

This trip is delivered within Lewis Pass National Park. However, we have backup options in Arthurs Pass National Park and Mt Somers in case of bad weather. Having flexibility in our trip locations ensures you will get the most of your time with us. if a change of location is required we will be in touch.



Course outline
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See what our clients have to say


“I came on this trip to learn more so I can expand our outdoor education club at school. Sarah’s passion for the outdoors was infectious, and her practical knoweldge was built on years of experience, highly recommend.” Lesley Mansell





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

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