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Budget Bushcraft


Budget Bushcraft

I recently spent a few hours at my local branches of Bunnings Hardware Store, Hunting And Fishing (H & F) and Kiwi Disposals Army Surplus. I wanted to price a low cost bushcraft kit. I did not want cheapo rubbish that would fail outdoors so I looked for a balance of quality and pricing.

A barrier to getting outdoors can be cost. But do we have to pay as much as we think? My aim here was to find what is readily available at…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on November 7, 2014 at 22:59 — 10 Comments

Does Cotton Kill?

Hi guys. I thought I would put in my 2 cents on a topic I have heard a lot about over the years. This is from my experiences and thoughts and I would appreciate others opinions on the subject. For me, it is all about learning and growth.

Does Cotton Kill?

In my experience, it depends how I wear it.

The armies of the world have been wearing cotton shirts and trousers for centuries and still do today. From the amount of wars being fought around the globe I…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on September 27, 2014 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Discovery Channel Seeking Survivalists for TV Show


My name is Dan Tino and I am a Los Angeles-based casting executive for Metal Flowers Media currently looking for candidates to appear in the new season of Discovery's Naked and Afraid:

We are looking for survivalists/outdoor enthusiasts who are…


Added by Dan Tino on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

New Bushcrafter & (crappy) YouTuber

Hey everyone,

I am a fellow beginner to bushcrafter and have fallen in love with the woods like many of you have. I have made a YouTube account to share the passion that we all have. My channel isint anything new or special but I thought it would be cool to share my experience as well gear with people (as well as get tips that I badly need)

All the best everyone, a link to my page is down below! I cant wait to contribute more to this…


Added by Nick Grainger on July 13, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

New Hennesy Expedition Hammock

Previously I did a blog on My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys

I got some great comments from Bushcrafters Neil and Benjamin about hammocks. I decided to try it out. Here is what I found.

This Queens birthday weekend I honored Her Majesty by going bush for two days and killing possums. Last time I slept one night on the ground cushioned by my inflatable mat and…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on June 2, 2014 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

South Island Survival - Outdoors NZ Stage 1 Certification

A long road - but it's been travelled! South Island Survival has recently gained Outdoors NZ Stage 1 Certification. That means that through independant audit of Safety Management Systems, South Island Survival has been found to comply with the legislative standards for safe operating systems. We deliver interesting, informative, engaging, challenging and educational Survival Training tailored to your needs; delivered by experienced and effective trainers; in a safe, supportive and…


Added by Simon Amos on May 16, 2014 at 12:09 — 1 Comment

Sorry have been MIA for a while.

Hi Ryan,

Hows it all going mate?Its been a while since I was on line.Lots

happened in the last 2 years namely a baby!!!Also I have become a MSC

Bush 1 Instructor and Bush Coordinator for the MSC here in Queenstown.I

am now running a variety of Bush Courses.The MSC is now coupled with

Duke of Edinborough.For instance I have 30 School kids we are taking out

to do a course Introduction to Bush Craft(its more of and intro to

tramping in…


Added by Adventure Walks on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 — No Comments

overnighting on DOC land

Question for all you fellow bushcrafters. On DOC land, is non hut camping allowed? I.e. Can I take my tarp and hammock, and stay overnight in the bush on DOC land? Thx

Added by Tony C on March 11, 2014 at 23:11 — 7 Comments

Friction Fire

Recently made friction fire for the first time! Had smoke with bow drills many times before but never knew the correct native woods to use. Pate (seven finger) worked well as a drill on mahoe, but had a short lasting ember. However, mahoe on mahoe was the real deal. From ember to flame - what a feeling!

Stay curious, humble and never stop learning.

Added by Matthew Biddick on February 15, 2014 at 20:48 — 3 Comments

Josh James

Check this guy out,

Mad as brick, very entertaining but very knowledgable, well worth a look.

Added by Neil Clarke on November 16, 2013 at 13:49 — 1 Comment

My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys

Hi Everyone. 

I thought I would put together some photos of the bedding I use in the bush and share some of what I have learnt. Please respond with any comments, suggestions and ideas you might have.

My current kit for bedding down is:

Katmandu Navigator 3 Season Down Sleeping Bag. Silk Liner. SOL Escape Bivy. Karmandu Self Inflating Mat. Plastic Tarp (for a ground sheet). NZ Army DPM Hootchie/Tent Fly (not shown). NZ Army Mosquito Net (not…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on October 13, 2013 at 0:00 — 10 Comments

Double Funnel Bamboo EEL TRAP

I finally finished my double funnel basket EEL TRAP that I've been working on throughout the year. It is made from (locally sourced) bamboo and flax (harakeke), I'm very keen to try it out as soon as the weather warms up and the water ways calm down.

The trap is about 80 cm in length and about 23 cm in diameter, each bamboo rod is around 1 cm in…


Added by Wing Szeto on October 12, 2013 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

My cutting tools and why I choose them

For heavy chopping, clearing bush etc I use a Tramontina Bolus style machete, its light, well balanced and at $25 I don't mind if it gets knocked about. It will throw sparks off its spine with a flint and is easy to pack out. I tend to use it primally if we are making a semi permanent bivvy, other wise it gets left at home. One cutting tool that is always with me is my Bahco folding saw it's light, easy to use and a safer option than either a machete or axe. Apart from processing fire wood I… Continue

Added by Neil Clarke on October 4, 2013 at 17:04 — No Comments


I'm in Tauranga (my home town) for 2 weeks. A friend and I are going to be spending a lot of time out enjoying nature, if anyone in the area is keen let me know. Also if you have any recommendations of good bushcraft places nearby that info would also be much appreciated. 

Stay humble and never stop learning :)

Added by Matthew Biddick on August 25, 2013 at 1:42 — No Comments

Wild nz bush eatable book

Hey guys I'm looking to gather a bit more knowledge about any wild eatables in my hunting environments anyone no of any good books or website?

Added by Toby on July 20, 2013 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Ten Dollar Cooker Kit Test

Hi Everyone. 

I bought a cheap emergency/survival cooker from a local supplier and tested it to see how it would do as a long term replacement for my gas cooker and disposable bottles. Here is what I found.

Emergency/Survival Cooker Kit (possibly Dutch Army issue) - $9.95 - From Top Gear, Albany, Auckland

I first used the cooker kit a couple of months ago on a camp in Puhoi, north…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on June 30, 2013 at 22:45 — 1 Comment

Puhoi Camp Out 4.5.2013

Hi Guys. Here are some photos of my overnighter in the Puhoi Village area.

Puhoi is 15 minutes north of the Auckland Harbor Bridge. I have been meaning to hook up with a couple of the Bushcraft NZ fellas and check out this area but timings and weather have made it difficult. On Friday I figured I would just pack and go regardless of the weather. At least it would be a chance to test my wet weather gear.

It was raining but not too heavy when I started out about 2pm Saturday. A…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on May 5, 2013 at 23:42 — No Comments

CRKT Knife 1103

Hi guys. Our latest news letter had a link to Fish Pond to buy a Columbia River Knife And Tool Company knife called the 1103. I wanted to buy this knife and emailed CRKT to see if it had a full tang. They let me know the knife advertised was a counterfeit and not one of theirs. I'm glad I found out before buying it and relying on it in the bush only to have it break on me. I have used Fish Pond before, good company, and will continue using them. Goes to show that it is good to check some…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 29, 2013 at 12:48 — 1 Comment

Hello every one

hi every one daveo is the name  live in west auckland i have been looking for a site like this for a ages. As i love all aspects of the bush im am learning new zealand eatable plants at the moment witch is fun do a bit of hunting tramps fly camps and missons  helicopter camps and in to doc hut. As i love going bush i find it hard to find others keen so i hope to meet some other keen bush men that love the bush and out doors to. im keen to meet new people all over nz who love out door life…


Added by david killip on April 28, 2013 at 13:13 — No Comments

Rustic carpentry/ camp furniture.

Alright guys its been a while but nothing much has caught my attention which is good enough to share but i found this site quite a while ago but a forgot till i found my old laptop. So on the website there is a heap of FREE E-books that you can browse or download and i found this one ( Its called rustic carpentry but is full of furniture instruction to make furniture out of logs and…


Added by edward frankham on January 30, 2013 at 14:40 — 1 Comment

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