Welcome to OTNZ (Outdoor Training NZ)

We are dedicated to providing high quality cost effective bushcraft instruction...
to give you the skills for greater safe enjoyment of the outdoors

Dawn - Mt Ruapehu from Rangiwahia Hut


The Outdoor Training NZ Board is dedicated to the objects of fostering Safety in the Outdoors by quality cost-effective skills training.

Heather Grady

The Board Chair is Heather Grady.
Email: chair@outdoortraining.nz

Phone (06) 354 1104 evenings or 0212109859 daytime.

Snail mail: P.O. Box PO Box 601, Palmerston North, 4440.

Membership Admin:
Email: admin [at] outdoortraining [dot] nz

Snail mail: OTNZ Member Applications, c/o Robert Belmont, 16 Dalzien Place, Feilding, 4702.

Email: webmaster [at] outdoortraining [dot] nz

All our members are volunteers and as such so they don't keep office hours. Some responses may be faster than others. Please be patient.

Branch Contacts and Meetings


Chair: Alex Warriner email: alex_warriner@xtra.co.nz

Admin: Vanessa Belton auckland@outdoortraining.nz or phone: 027 222 4449


Chair - Lynette Horn email: sarchick14@hotmail.com
Admin - Sharon Hodson email: waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz or phone (07) 824 0878

Waikato Monthly meeting: Third Tuesday of every month (except December) starting at 7:00pm, at the Department of Conservation Offices at 5 Northway St, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Bay of Plenty (Tauranga, Rotorua & East Coast)

Chair - Bob Mankelow email: bobandjos@kinect.co.nz
Gerry Purcell phone (07) 544-2874
Admin - Jackie Martin email: bop@outdoortraining.nz or phone (07) 576 4583

Snail mail: OTNZ BOP, P.O. Box 2294, Tauranga 3140.


Chair - Dave Digby, email: nugget2000@xtra.co.nz

Admin - Gail Geange email: otnz.taranaki@gmail.com or phone (06) 753 4302

Manawatu (Manawatu, Rangitikei, Whanganui, Waiouru, Hawkes Bay & Horowhenua)

Chair - Heather Grady email: chair@outdoortraining.nz

Phone (06) 354 1104 evenings or 021 2109 859 daytime.

Admin - Agy Witkowski email: manawatu@outdoortraining.nz

Phone (06) 358 8070 or 022 193 2308

Snail mail: P.O. Box 601, Palmerston North, 4440

Manawatu monthly meeting: First Monday of each month (except January) starting at 7:00 pm at Palmerston North Intermediate School staffroom. Use the South Street entrance and drive through the grounds to the front of the buildings on Fergusson St. Meetings scheduled on a statutory holiday are held the following Monday.

Wellington (Wellington, Kapiti & Wairarapa)

Chair - Simon Williamson email: crisisresponse@googlemail.com


Chair - Brian Wilson email: brian.wilson@xtra.co.nz

Admin - Tania Kendall email: otnzcanterbury@gmail.com or phone 027 675 3333

Tasman / Westcoast

(Nelson, Marlborough, & top and west of the South Island)

Chair - Garry Dunn email: two4six@xtra.co.nz or phone (03) 547 3818.

If you are interested in a course run by OTNZ Tasman / Westcoast Branch please contact Garry Dunn two4six@xtra.co.nz or phone (03) 547 3818.

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