2 Day Navigation & Bush Craft Course

This is a 2-day bush craft & navigation course.

Bushcraft and navigation course with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
2-day Navigation and bush craft Course


2-day Bush Craft Course Overview

An Introductory navigation and bush craft course for people who would like to explore the New Zealand bush. Spend the weekend navigating from your map and compass off track and through varied terrain.

This is a popular course for people that are looking to develop their personal navigation skills and knowledge as well as learn how to utilise new technologies into your tramping repertoire. Whether your a daywalker, avid tramper or hunter, if you are looking to upskill, then this is the course for you.


Adult Price $749* (minimum age 16 years)

Youth Price $374.50* (14-16 years, accompanied by an adult)

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


Bush craft course location

This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Forest Park near Castle Hill Village. We meet at 8:30 am in Darfield (approx 40 mins from Christchurch). From Darfield, we drive into the hills and onto our course location parking at Texas flats, Mt Cheeseman.

Free transport is available from Christchurch.

See map of course delivery location.




wild camping on bushcraft course
2-day bush craft course -Wild camping

On this bush craft course, you will be wild camping in the Craigieburn Forest Park.

We have tents available if you don’t have your own.




Just your backpack, your normal tramping/hiking clothing, a compass, and some food.

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

Note: You will find a full packing list at the bottom of this page.



This bush craft course is self-catered. If you have never packed for an overnight hike, we can help you out with meal ideas. A packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page.




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If you’re staying in a hotel

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



Meeting locations 

If you live locally or your driving to the course, please meet us at one of the following locations:

OENZ bush courses free transport
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: $749.00*





2 Day Bush Course Includes


Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

Bush craft course
2-day bush craft course
  • Colours and symbols
  • Scale and distance
  • Orientating a map using features
  • 6 figure grid references


Interpreting contour features

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


Using a compass

Bush craft and navigation course with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
Bush craft & Navigation course
  • Finding North
  • Orientating map with compass
  • Follow a compass-bearing
  • Field: map bearings
  • Map: Field bearings
  • Taking resections/triangulations


Clothing & Equipment selection

  • Packs
  • Boots
  • Walking poles
  • Personal clothing
  • Using a GPS/Smartphone GPS


Camping skills

  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Field weather observations and predictions


Map reading on a bush craft course with OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand
Map reading – bush craft course

Emergency communications

  • In-reach
  • Spot
  • Mountain radio
  • PLB






*The advertised price is the early bird discounted price.

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


Course Outline
Gear List







See what our clients have to say

“Just spent 2 days with Alan on the last survival bushcraft and navigation course for the ”summer”. I was really impressed with how he was able to tailor the course perfectly to our level and at the same time differentiate his teaching to suit the goals of the different participants. I’m a teacher and I know quality instruction when I see it. These guys are quality. Cheers Al.” – Will Elliot

“Whole experience exceeded expectations” –  James, Auckland

“This course was exactly wat I was after in terms of using topo maps and compass & the location is stunning” Jan Radclife





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