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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 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 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 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

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 on November 7, 2014 at 22:59 — 9 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 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 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

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