Floor van de Water is a new member to the site and has a few friends together that would be really keen for a bushcraft workshop in Otago.

Do we have any members that would be keen? A few with experience to share what they know, could be any number of bushcraft basics. More beginners also very welcome!

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  I'd be keen to come along , I'm a novice but keen to learn .


I'm keen but it'd be a fair haul on the motorbike, when were you thinking of having this workshop?

Hi there I would def. be keen count me in when and where?

Andy Adventure Walks


If you need a hand or want me to sort out a few possibilities I would be happy to help.


Depends how far down it is, and when, and what's happening. Need a bit more information.


I'm keen, and could rustle up a few of the dormant locals... do we have a date in mind?

thanx for the info, any idea where and when perhaps? i've just finished my annual leave and if there is a possibility to attend i need to make special arrangements at work. however, i would very much want to attend.

I'm very keen but novice bush skills... would be good to learn some kiwi bush skills.

Hey everyone,

thanks for all your replies.


We are especially keen to learn about bushfood, like edible herbs that you can pick the whole year round, that contain heaps of vitamins :) Also, we would like to learn hunting skills/techniques and collecting edible bugs and insects.

In general, we would like to learn all the skills involved in finding the right plants, across different types of terrains, so when in need, emergency or out of an organic food principle, we can eat off the land without damaging the ecosystem.


If there are people who are keen in learning this, we should be organize this within a few weeks. How about  the Friday the 10th of February - Sunday the 12th? As a backup date, we were thinking of 17-19 February, in case the majority of you prefer another date.

Please let us know which date you prefer and if anyone has this knowledge and skills?

Otherwise, we should ask around if someone knows a knowlegdable person in Otago! :)

Andy: it would be great if you could advise on a location and possibilities. We just arrived in Dunedin a week ago and are not familiar with the region yet.

Also, if anyone knows good books or websites with pictures about bushfood in New Zealand, we would like to hear about them as well :)

Hmm that a bit close timing wise as I'm off on a trip the weekend before.

But here's a book you need if your interested in native bush foods:

A Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New Zealand
by Andrew Crowe

A practical field guide to New Zealand's native edible plants. Over 190 trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, mushrooms, lichens and seaweeds are described in detail in this useful and attractive book, with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been utilised, particularly by Maori, their nutritional value, and where they can be found. In a separate section, Andrew Crowe also describes important poisonous plants that are native to New Zealand or are likely to be confused with the edible plants. Illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs, this informative book will be of interest to trampers, botanists and all who appreciate New Zealand's native flora.

Theres also another book I'm trying to remember that also covers shellfish and such and how to prepare them.

Hi Ryan I will double check the dates but both are looking good at this stage.The book mentioned below by Andy Crow is fantastic.I find that the native foods are kind of divided into sections ie Alpine,Sub Alpine and coastal.Its hard to find and area thats accessable for all of these.Maybe someone knows of a place.I know some great areas off the beaten track in Fiordland access would be from Te Anau would be overnight.However to access would involve chopper in boat out at cost its $300 p/p thats for a group of 6 not sure if thats too much for some but we would be able to initiate our skills in an envioronment they were ment for.If anyone is interested go to www.adventurewalks and look at the Lake McIvor walk.Andy


Hi Andy:

I think that area would be really nice, its look very beautiful. However, me and my friends would prefer to do it as cheap as possible. Do you know of any cheaper options in Fiordland ?

Concerning the date: we could also have 2-4 March as an option. But let's see if and what people react to the proposed dates. Our group of friends would prefer to do it as soon as possible, so we have more profit of the learnt skills :) So lets hope the other people respond soon as well :)


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