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:

  • Bronze DofEIA or Fundamental Bushcraft course: $60 per person
  • Sep 2017: Dracophylum Flat Track area 22 to 24 September 2017 PLUS prep evening Thursday 7 Sep 2017.

    PREMEET: Thursday 7th September 2017.

    Opawa Baptist Church, 285 Wilsons Road, Waltham at 7 pm to 9 pm - Please be along early so we can begin on time.

    To ensure OTNZ covers all safety aspects of the weekend away.

    Bring pen, paper and lots of questions and plenty of laughter.

    WEEKEND AWAY: 22nd -24th September 2017 (Friday night to Sunday pm).

    Meet at Springfield (at the Public Toilets) by 7 pm and move in convoy to the Dracophylum Flat Track up the Broken River Ski Field Road. Return to this point 3pm Sunday.

    To register please click on the link: http://tinyurl.com/Bushcraft-2017

  • River Safety : $30/person
  • Rivers have traditionally been the second biggest killer of New Zealanders in the back country.

    The course covers understanding river dynamics and hazards. How to evaluate sites for safe crossing. Methods of crossing. Preparing clothing and equipment for a crossing. Managing a group crossing. Pack floating and how to self-rescue if swept away.

    October Course:

    Premeet Friday 27th October 2017 at 1900 hrs (7 pm), venue to be advised

    Field training: Saturday 28 October 2017, venue Waimakariri River, time 0830 hrs TBC.

    November Course:

    Premeet Friday 24th November 2017 at 1900 hrs (7 pm), venue to be advised.

    Field training: Saturday 25th November 2017, venue Waimakariri River, time 0830 hrs TBC.

    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 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
  • Available on demand


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


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

    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.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 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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