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:

    February 2019 Introductory Bush Course

    Wednesday 20th February 2019: Introductory theory, venue TBA, PLUS
    Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 2019: Overnight trip: Depart Hamilton - Saturday 8:00 am. Return Hamilton - Sunday 4:30 pm. venue TBA

    March 2019 Introductory Bush Course

    Wednesday 20th March 2019: Introductory theory, venue TBA, PLUS
    Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March: Overnight trip: Depart Hamilton - Saturday 8:00 am. Return Hamilton - Sunday 4:00 pm. venue TBA

    May 2019 Introductory Bush Course

    Wednesday 8th May 2019: Introductory theory, venue TBA, PLUS
    Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019: Overnight trip: Depart Hamilton - Saturday 8:00 am. Return Hamilton - Sunday 4:00 pm. venue TBA

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

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

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


  • Basic Navigation Course - $50 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 $50 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:

    January 2019 Course

    Wednesday 30th January 2019: Theory lesson 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm, venue TBA.
    PLUS (field trip) Sunday 3rd February 2019 time 8:30 am to 4.00 pm, Pirongia Forest Park

    March 2019 Course

    Wednesday 6th March 2019: Theory lesson 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm, venue TBA.
    PLUS (field trip) Sunday 10th March 8:30 am to 4.00 pm, Pirongia Forest Park

    April 2019 Activity: $50 per person

    Night navigation. Saturday 13th April. Put those skills in place and navigate at night. venue TBA

    Prerequisites participants must be / have:

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

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

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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 2019 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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