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

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 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Manawatu Branch - Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award and Bushcraft Training

Upcoming courses planned by Manawatu Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

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

For further information on 2017 courses please email Lucie Petrova: manawatu@outdoortraining.nz or phone (06) 951 0285.

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Taranaki Branch Courses

Upcoming Courses planned by Taranaki Branch Outdoor Training NZ:

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Waikato Branch Courses

  • Introductory Bush Course - $60 per person
  • Theory 21st June 2017 6:50 pm - 9:00 pm, Venue TBA

    Practical 24th & 25th June 2017


  • Basic Navigation - $45 per person includes Navigation Booklet
  • Available on demand


    The following Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award courses have been organised by the Waikato Branch of OTNZ for 2016:

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

    If you are interested in courses in the Waikato please email Sharon Hodson: waikatoadmin@outdoortraining.nz
    or phone (07) 8240878.

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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.comotnzwgtn@gmail.com

    The following 2017 courses have been organised by the Wellington Branch of OTNZ:

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    West Coast Branch Courses

    The following Duke of Edinburgh Hillary 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 [at] gmail [dot] 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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