7-day Bushcraft Training Course

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 course, 1-day river crossing course and our 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 the New Zealand backcountry.

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


Adult Price $2999* (minimum age 16 years)

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

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



*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 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 the Craigieburn Forest Park.  We use this time to cover basic bushcraft skills in choosing a campsite, accessing water etc.


1st night – Wild Camping (Craigieburn forest Park)

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 you build in the bush.



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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 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. Evening meals can be purchased at the local pub in Arthurs Pass Village on the nights that we stay in the lodge.



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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.




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: $2999*




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


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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
  • Field: field 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
    • Wind direction


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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.

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



Course Outline
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“The instructor was really approachable which made a huge difference for me being able to independently clarify different learning points. -Thanks heaps, see you on the next course!” – Cilla, Christchurch

“Finished our course yesterday and just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. Sarah [the instructor] was AMAZING. We will be looking for more courses to do with you guys for sure!” – Di & Peter, Wanaka

“I learnt heaps, thank you the course was great” Elizabeth – West Coast

“This course EXCEEDED expectations!!!” – Sally Bishop- Gisborne







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