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Added by Jonathan Acton on February 19, 2018 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Bushcraft Gold! (Fatwood)

This morning I watched Black Stump NZ Bushcraft & Survival's video on Finding & harvesting fatwood.

I've been meaning to go out and find/gather some fatwood since reading about it on here, and after watching his video I really wanted to find some.

I went down on the neighbours farm to a small clump of pine trees, I knew there were also a few fallen down ones.

Instead of…


Added by Zebedy Harris on January 12, 2018 at 17:16 — 2 Comments

Macpac Firesteel Review

For Christmas my sister got me a Macpac Firesteel.

I tested it out today and I thought I would do a review on it.


  • Throws a decent spark (When Compared with a light my fire firesteel)
  • Bright colour
  • Included striker
  • Included lanyard


  • Only one size (The size is decent but a larger…

Added by Zebedy Harris on January 9, 2018 at 19:27 — 2 Comments

Out in the bush and a neat little find

Had a good few hours out in the bush today.

Worked on my shelter that I am hopefully going to do a few overnighters in soon.…


Added by Zebedy Harris on December 9, 2017 at 16:44 — 2 Comments

Navigation Practice

Hi yall. I live in Hamilton, Waikato and would be very interested in hooking up with others to learn and practice Navigation. I suck at it so I am hoping that a few others will suck less than me so I can learn and get skilled up. But anyone should come and we can teach ourselves if need be.

This would be a great time to meet up with others on this site, get in some outdoors time and experience, test out some of our kit (and our fire making skills for a hot brew during the breaks) . If…


Added by Dave on November 8, 2017 at 14:24 — 6 Comments

My Fällkniven F1

My Fällkniven F1 came in the post yesterday and I've spent the last few hours today testing and trying it out. So far I am pleased with the results.…


Added by Zebedy Harris on November 5, 2017 at 15:44 — 6 Comments

The knot tying bible by Colin Jarman

I find real value in this book... I learn the majority of my knots from it. 

You can buy it on fishpond for 40% for $31.80 or on book depository for…


Added by Zebedy Harris on November 4, 2017 at 10:10 — 6 Comments

A bit of carving and stuff

So I just watched Esra Hansens latest video and it inspired me to try and make my only spatula... It's a bit crude but here ya go.…


Added by Zebedy Harris on October 31, 2017 at 18:58 — 4 Comments

Woodcraft And Camping. A book by Nessmuk

If you are interested in camping and bushcraft the way our forefathers used to do it then you will love this book!

George Sears (Nessmuk) had this book published in 1920 but in it he relates his experience and expertise from trips into the wilds of the USA as far back as the 1800s.

It is written in an old english style that connects you with his time and the way people used to think and communicate back then. Nessmuk not only shares his thoughts on the times he lived in but…


Added by Dave on October 28, 2017 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Hatchet- Gary Paulsen

Awesome book... Really inspired me!

Added by Zebedy Harris on October 13, 2017 at 13:00 — 8 Comments

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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