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

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Outdoor Training NZ Courses Available




Auckland Branch Courses

Upcoming Courses planned by Auckland Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

OTNZ takes its responsibility seriously towards the prevention of Kauri Dieback seriously. Until we establish new areas of operations where we can provide quality training opportunities, the Auckland region bushcraft and survival courses are on "hold". We will advertise when new training areas have been identified and assessed.

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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 or 022 193 2308.

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Taranaki Branch Courses

For information on Taranaki Course please contact the Taranaki Chair or Admin.

Chair - John Roy email: landjcroy@xtra.co.nz

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

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Tasman / West Coast Branch Courses

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

If you are interested in joining a course run by OTNZ Tasman / West Coast Branch please contact Gary Dunn at two4six@xtra.co.nz
or phone: (03) 547 3818.

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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:

    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:

    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.

    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.

    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 otnzwgtn@gmail.com

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

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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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