Bush Craft Consolidation Course

This is a 3-day Bush Craft Consolidation Tramp

3-day consolidation tramp
3-day consolidation tramp


BushCraft Consolidation Course Overview

On this bushcraft consolidation course, you will have the opportunity to practice the skills learnt across our courses in a tramp setting. The tramp allows time for those who are looking to gain more confidence or support in getting into an advanced tramping route/off-track trip with an instructor. This is an above the bush line trip where you can expect multiple river crossings, mixed terrain travel and camping in tents.

Delivered by our highly skilled local guides and instructors you will have the opportunity to be in the driver’s seat to make the decisions around route choice, weather and the group with the safety net of an instructor to support you.

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

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.



*A minimum OENZ 3-day bushcraft course or equivalent is required to attend this consolidation tramp.


Consolidation Tramp Location

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Arthurs Pass National Park

This year the tramp will be delivered within Arthurs Pass National Park. However, we have the backup options of Lewis Pass National  Park.   Having flexibility in course location ensures you will get the most of your time with us.

Each year we will design a new consolidation tramp so you can experience new areas.



3-day tramp Location for 2021

Arthurs Pass Mingha to Edwards Valley Loop

Day 1: Arrive at Greyneys shelter walk into either Goats Pass Hut or Lake Mavis (camp out at altitude 1580m)

Day 2: Goats Pass Hut or Lake Mavis to Edwards 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.




Camping at Lake Mavis 1580m

The tramp will spend a mix of tenting and

backcountry huts for our accommodation depending on the weather forecast.








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 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.



Bushcraft and navigtaion courses
OENZ 4×4

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your 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)

Bush training courses
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.




When is the next bushcraft consolidation course?

We run two of these a season (October – May).  Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses can be created on alternative dates by request.


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Price: $699*


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* This is the early bird booking price, standard rates available on the course calendar.

This Bushcraft Consolidation 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





Course outline
Packing list



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





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