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

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Outdoor Training NZ Courses Available




Auckland Branch Courses

Upcoming Courses planned by Auckland Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

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Canterbury Branch Courses

Upcoming Courses planned by Canterbury Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

If you are interested in joining a course in Canterbury please contact:
Admin - Tania Kendall, 027 675 3333 or email otnzcanterbury@gmail.com

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Manawatu Branch Courses

Upcoming courses planned by Manawatu Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

The following Bushcraft courses cover the DofEIA training requirements but are not exclusive to DofEIA:

For further information on Manawatu Branch OTNZ courses please email Angieszka Witkowski: manawatu@outdoortraining.nz or phone (06) 358 8070.

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Taranaki Branch Courses

Upcoming Courses planned by Taranaki Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

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Waikato Branch Courses

  • Introductory Bushcraft Course - $60 per person
  • Course Information

    This course is for people who would like to get into day or overnight bush tramping but lack the experience to do so safely. The course offers basic bushcraft and campcraft skills suitable for all. The course format includes a classroom based theory evening and an overnight practical trip during a weekend.

    Course fee $60 per person. Registration and payment is required prior to the course.
    An in-depth course to teach skills and knowledge in bushcraft, campcraft and environment care.

    Includes:

    April 2018 Course

    Tuesday 10th April: Introductory theory, venue TBA, PLUS
    Saturday 14th April 2018 and Sunday 15th April 2018: Practical Weekend, overnight trip: Depart Hamilton - Saturday 8:00 am. Return Hamilton - Sunday 4:30 pm. venue TBA

    August 2018 Course

    Wednesday 22nd August: Introductory theory, venue TBA, PLUS
    Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August: Practical Weekend, overnight trip: Depart Hamilton - Saturday 8:00 am. Return Hamilton - Sunday 4:30 pm. venue TBA

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

    Enquiries to Outdoor Training Waikato:
    Email waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz
    Phone (07) 824 0878


  • Basic Navigation Course - $45 per person
  • Course Information

    This course is an introduction to basic navigation and includes theory and practical sessions, covering map reading and compass use. The practical field trip includes learning location awareness in a simple off-track environment and also develops and reinforces the map and compass skills learnt during the theory session.

    Course Fee $45 per person. Registration and payment is required prior to the course.
    An in-depth course to teach skills and knowledge to enable safe navigation in the bush.

    Includes:

    March 2018 Course

    Tuesday 13th March: 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm, venue TBA, PLUS
    Sunday 18th March, time TBA, Pirongia Forest Park

    August 2018 Course

    Tuesday 14th August: 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm, venue TBA, PLUS
    (field trip) Date TBA, time TBA, Pirongia Forest Park

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

    Enquiries to Outdoor Training Waikato:
    Email waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz
    Phone (07) 824 0878


  • The following Bushcraft courses cover the DofEIA training requirements but are not exclusive to DofEIA:

  • Bronze DofEIA or Fundamental Bushcraft Course
  • If you've never been in the bush before or only a couple of times, this course will teach you the basic bushcraft skills. Suitable for all (minimum age 14 years old, or in the school year a student turns 14).
    This course is open to all, not just students undertaking DofEIA.

    February 2018 Bronze Training Course: $60 per person
    Preparation Days Tuesday 13th February 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Tuesday 20th February 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Training weekend Saturday 24th February and Sunday 25th February, venue and times TBA at planning

    March 2018 Bronze Practice Journey: $45 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 14th March 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Wednesday 21st March 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Journey Practice weekend Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March, venue and times TBA at planning

    May 2018 Bronze Qualifying Journey: $45 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 9th May 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Wednesday 16th May 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Qualifying Journey weekend Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May, venue and times TBA at planning

    September 2018 Bronze Training Course: $60 per person
    Preparation Days Tuesday ??th September 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Tuesday ??th September 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Training weekend Saturday and Sunday ?? September, venue and times TBA at planning

    October 2018 Bronze Practice Journey: $45 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 17th October 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Wednesday 24st October 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Journey Practice weekend Saturday 27th Ocober and Sunday 28th October, venue and times TBA at planning

    November 2018 Bronze Qualifying Journey: $45 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 6th November 6:45pm to 9:00pm AND Wednesday 13th Novembery 6:45pm to 9:00 pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Qualifying Journey weekend Saturday 24th November and Sunday 25th November, venue and times TBA at planning

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

    If you are interested in courses in the Waikato please email Sharon Hodson: waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz
    or phone (07) 824 0878.


  • Silver DofEIA or Intermediate Bushcraft Course
  • For those who have done the Introduction to Bushcraft Course, or who have some experience in the bush and want to develop their skills further. Or who have extensive experience in the bush and want to really develop their skills to the advanced level.
    This course is open to all, not just students undertaking DofEIA.

    February 2018 Silver Training Course: $70 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 14th February 6:45pm to 9:00pm and Wednesday 21st February 6:45pm to 9:00pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Training weekend Friday evening 23rd February to Sunday 25th February, venue and times TBA at planning

    May 2018 Silver Training Course: $70 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 9th May 6:45pm to 9:00pm and Wednesday 16th May 6:45pm to 9:00pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Training weekend Friday evening 19th May to Sunday 21st May, venue and times TBA at planning

    November 2018 Silver Training Course: $70 per person
    Preparation and Planning Days Wednesday 6th November 6:45pm to 9:00pm and Wednesday 13th November 6:45pm to 9:00pm, PLUS
    Overnight Feild Training weekend Friday evening 23rd November to Sunday 25th November, venue and times TBA at planning

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

    If you are interested in courses in the Waikato please email Sharon Hodson: waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz
    or phone (07) 824 0878.

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    Wellington Branch Courses

    We run a range of outdoor training courses from specialist courses on Navigation, River Safety, Outdoor Risk Management and Outdoor First Aid to more general ones covering a range of different aspects of Bushcraft.

    Note: the topics covered on all the bushcraft courses are the same, however the level of information covered and practised will increase with each level. All courses involve travel in the bush carrying all your gear, and will require a reasonable level of fitness.

    If you have any questions then please contact Helen at otnzwgtn@gmail.com

    The following 2018 courses have been organised by the Wellington Branch of OTNZ:

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    West Coast Branch Courses

    The following Duke of Edinburgh International Award 2017 courses have been organised by the West Coast Branch of OTNZ:

    Courses can be run on demand providing there are Instructors available.

    If you are interested in joining a course run by OTNZ West Coast Branch please contact Justin Blacklock at otnzwestcoast@gmail.com
    or phone: 027 822 0011.

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    About Our Courses

    It is our philosophy that although you can learn facts from books, videos, and the internet about how to have a safe and enjoyable time in the New Zealand outdoors, that there is no substitute for developing personal skills by practical experience under the guidance of highly experienced outdoors people.

    We offer that practical experience to develop your skills in our high quality cost effective instruction courses. We achieve our low course costs because our Instructors are all highly motivated experienced volunteers who want to share their years of experience with you.

    All of our Instructors have industry recognised qualifications in their areas of expertise.

    As Members and Instructors join us we expect to be able to offer a range of Outdoor Training Courses. These courses will include:



    We are offering TWO skill development pathways:

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