2 Day Navigation & Survival Bushcraft

This is a 2 day navigation & Survival bushcraft course.

2 Day Navigation and Bushcraft course
2 Day Navigation and Bushcraft course

Course Overview

This course focuses on multi-day tramps/hikes in New Zealand. On this course we look at trip planning, NZ weather, packing and gear requirements for extended trips, and navigation using topographic maps.

This is a popular course for people that are experienced day walkers, hunters or people that are part of tramping groups/clubs that would like to upskill or extend their personal knowledge or move onto doing multi day or off track trips.

This course is also suitable for people working towards an NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) Bush Leader or Bush1 awards.



This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Forest Park near Castle Hill Village Village. We meet at 8am 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.

See map of course delivery  location

See map of meeting location



Lots of people travel to attend our navigation and bushcraft courses and we like to make it easy. We off a free pick up/drop off service for people traveling from out of town from the airport and Christchurch city center accommodation. Talk to one of our friendly team about our pick-up/drop off service.



Just your backpack, your normal tramping/hiking clothing, 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.



Navigation and bushcraft courses run from October to May.  visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses and private training can be arranged on alternative dates by request.




PRICE: $349.00*




“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



2 Day Bushcraft Course Highlights


Reading Topographic maps (NZ topo50)

2 Day Bushcraft Course
2 Day Bushcraft Course
  • Colors 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

  • Finding North

    2 Day Bushcraft Course
    2 Day Bushcraft Course
  • 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
  • Emergency communications
  • Using a GPS/Smart phone GPS

Camping & Survival skills

  • Fire lighting
  • Selecting a suitable campsite
  • Emergency shelters
  • Build a bush bivvy say out for the night (tenting optional)
  • Field weather observations and predictions


*Advertised price is the early bird discounted price.

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Navigation and bushcraft courses run from October to May.  visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.


PRICE: $349.00*




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Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: admin@oenz.co.nz