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Best Campfire Comp

Labour weekend. Camped by a creek in the Puhoi bush. About to chow down on my favourite canned cuisine. This awesome meal was followed by a sleepless night on incredibly hard ground. One week later, when my back pain finally subsided, I went hunting for a hammock. …


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 25, 2017 at 0:38 — 2 Comments


After tipping out of our canoe in rapids. We needed a considerable sized fire to dry our gear.

Added by Peter Bell on August 14, 2017 at 12:31 — 2 Comments

Best Campfire Photo Competition (ends Sept 3rd 2017)

Upload your best campfire photo to win a $50 voucher to Army and Outdoors (also known as Kiwi Disposals) who ship nationwide.

Simply create a blog post and upload the photo along with a short blurb about where, how, and why you made the campfire. Be sure to add a "fire" tag to the post (comment below with any questions on how to do…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 12, 2017 at 5:00 — No Comments

Toa Hunter Gatherer

Toa Hunter Gatherer.

There is a new show coming to Maori TV this September.

Above are links to "Toa Hunter Gathers's" Facebook page and Youtube Channel. Well worth checking this out.

New Zealand is loaded with experienced outdoors/bush men and…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 29, 2016 at 23:43 — No Comments

Bushcrafters needed for bush work

Hi Guys

This is mostly of interest to Auckland and surrounding area members but may be of interest to more.

The land owner of a large area of NZ bush is looking for a person or people who are interested in the outdoors to help control the possum and rodent problem in the area by topping up small bait stations with poison pellets. 

I have been working this land by myself for a few years. I am moving to the Waikato and will be looking for an opportunity to do the same down…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on July 10, 2016 at 20:49 — 5 Comments

Youtube Channel on the NZ Bush

Hi guys.

I just joined the growing group of Youtubers and started a channel. It is about the NZ bush, bushcraft, kit and gear, enjoying the outdoors and how to get out there. It is called daveoutdoorsnz. if you are interested in videos of the awesome NZ outdoors then you might like to check it out. I love the NZ bush and photographing things so I put it together into videos. Please check them out and let me know what you think. Here is the link to my…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 11, 2016 at 0:23 — 3 Comments

Gorge Navigation - simple technique

Hi everyone,

I did a great gorge trip this last weekend and while doing it I figured a simple way to navigate. This is usually difficult in gorges because of the lack of good landmarks but this methods makes it really simple... so here it is... Check your map and count the number of significant left or right turns. Then while you are traveling all you need to do is to keep an eye on the big picture lie of the land and keep a count of either lefts or rights... So simple and it worked very…


Added by Frank Williams on February 9, 2016 at 21:57 — No Comments


Hi guys and gals.

Just to let you know. I have been selling a bit of bushcraft/survival kit on Trademe. I am trying out a few things related to bushcraft and selling kit was one of them. I am selling off my remaining stock so that I can try out some new things in bushcraft, most likely photography. 

I would like to sell the remaining items so that I can get my expenses back and purchase some camera equipment. 

For anyone who is interested and a member of…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on May 4, 2015 at 7:00 — 4 Comments

Budget Bushcraft Re-posted

Budget Bushcraft

Hi guys. This is just a re-post of one way to get kit together relatively quickly and inexpensively. All this stuff can be can be found at our local shops here in NZ. 

Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

World Stove design - wood gas stove.

Just tried the world stove design that Stephen Coote posted about a few years back and it works like a charm.

I wanted a more bullet proof inner tin that was a bit thicker than a fruit tin can so i managed to find a smaller nesting styled Stainless Steel chopstick holder at a $2 store and surprise to my eyes, it was pre drilled with drainer type holes ( although vertically so could be too much air flow ) and nestled nicely inside a stainless steel coffee tin.

Follow the…


Added by Kesate Iyasu on April 19, 2015 at 18:15 — No Comments

Getting Out There. Blanket Roll Camp Out

A cool little phrase on the Bushcraft NZ website says Learn, Share and Get Out There. Getting out there doesn’t happen unless I make a plan to do it. Without the learning my getting out there could end up a disaster. I decided to try something I have been thinking about for a while. A Blanket Roll Camp Out. I learned how to do it, I got out there and did it. This article is the sharing part.…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 5, 2015 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Great Outdoor Expo.

Great to see you at the Great Outdoor Expo. Enjoy using the gear you bought. Thanks for exchanging ideas, opinions and experiences. Not too late to sign up for the newsletter, if you didn't do so. Visit the website and register your interest.

Added by Simon Amos on March 31, 2015 at 16:56 — No Comments

South Island Survival at Outdoors Expo - 29 March 2015

South Island Survival (Caroline and Simon) have secured a display space at the Marlborough Express Great Outdoors Expo at Blenheim's A and P Showground on 29 March 2015. We'll have survival tools, equipment and Kits for sale; and would love to see you there to 'talk survival'.

Added by Simon Amos on March 26, 2015 at 19:29 — No Comments

Awesome Youtube video

Hi guys. I just watched this video on Youtube. I thought I would put the link on here for anyone who wants to see. It is sort of an old meets knew bushcraft theme. Very well filmed.

Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 9, 2015 at 22:37 — 1 Comment



Third time lucky?

I'm not good with computers so I may have just stuffed up a couple of posts - sorry if that's the case.

Ok, I'm new here.  I live in Elgin, Scotland.  I am married and have two kids - one at university, the other at school.  I help to lead a local Scout troop.  I have been messing about in the woods and hills for many years but only recently realised that I was doing bushcraft.  I don't have great skills, but I'm willing to…


Added by Rob Griffiths on March 9, 2015 at 3:39 — 3 Comments


Dave's post about using webbing for Bushcraft got me thinking (uh-oh).

What's in your Bushcraft Belt-Kit? Got any views on must-haves? Used (and given up on!) any 'lemons'? Lessons learned?

Added by Simon Amos on March 4, 2015 at 6:00 — 9 Comments

Pouches, Packs, Belt and Bedroll

Hi Guys. I am thinking of trying out British Army 58 Pattern Webbing for bushcraft. Does anybody have any experience with it or have any to sell?

Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on February 17, 2015 at 20:40 — 4 Comments

South Island Survival - Mistletoe Market

Thanks to those Bushcraft NZ Members who supported us at Blenheim's Mistletoe Market. We enjoyed meeting you,  talking to you about survival in general, hearing about your Bushcraft experiences and our showing you our products. We hope that those of you who bought gear from us get long and faithful service from them and that you'll be kind enough to review them on our on-line shop South Island Survival Products .Cheers,…


Added by Simon Amos on December 6, 2014 at 19:28 — No Comments

First (toy) Crossbow

After seeing some videos and blog posts, and with my friend's birthday coming up; I decided to try make a toy crossbow. Surprisingly it didn't take long to construct, maybe an hour or two of work (probably would take others shorter, as long as you are focused). Here is the result:…


Added by Wing Szeto on December 2, 2014 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

South Island Survival At the Mistletoe Market, Blenheim, 6 December 2014

South Island Survival (Caroline and Simon) have secured a stall at Blenheim's Mistletoe Market on 6 December 2014. They'll have survival tools, equipment and Kits for sale - at 'Show Special Prices', and will be available to discuss courses and 'talk survival'. It'd be great to see you there.

South Island Survival 

Added by Simon Amos on December 1, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

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