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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 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 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 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

lake trip

Went on the trip I talked about. The other hard men chickened out! Me and a mate went, kayaked and fly camped in some wild country and had epic adventures. Made cool camps and cooked awesome food we had made up. Met some other folk in the most unlikely remote spots and shared a brew and tales with them.

Kissed the beach when we got back through squalls, whirlwinds, and sleet.Thankfully didnt shoot anything but really enjoyed the challenge. Will try to post photos.…


Added by roy ernest brickell on October 30, 2012 at 20:56 — No Comments

Primitive Arrow

I wanted to make a gift for someone who I know has done a bunch of archery, so what better gift than a couple of primitive arrows, with a pair of those jade tips I made the other day? First I had to make the shafts:…


Added by Chris Eckford on October 16, 2012 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Building a Buck Saw

April 2011



Went back to the big smoke to vist me ol' ma.

Had this idea fresh in my mind, just couldnt silence the voice in my head that said "make it...c'mon...maaaaake iiiitt"

So I made it. The yellow goopy looking stuff is wood glue. Picture should be pretty self explainatory. This thing rips through firewood like there's no tomorrow, and fits on the outside of your pack like a glove.

Blade cost 5 bucks from Mitre10 Mega

Wood cost…


Added by Chris Eckford on October 8, 2012 at 17:57 — 3 Comments

Bush Canoe

September 2009

Lake Waikareiti, North Island…


Added by Chris Eckford on October 8, 2012 at 17:34 — 3 Comments

wood carving tools in NZ

Does anyone know where to buy wood carving tools, i am after a spoon or crooked knife in particular.

Added by David on August 21, 2012 at 20:08 — 1 Comment

The Ten Commandments – of Bushcraft

The Ten Commandments – of Bushcraft

These ten commands are passed down from generation to generation within native communities across Canada. I believe they should be taught in school as they represent the core values that are needed to become a Friend of Nature.

1. Always keep learning. Despite all you know, you will never know enough because Nature knows better.…


Added by Rania Marsh on August 19, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Pining for the bush.

Hey there, fellas. I'm feeling the weather warming up, and am looking forward to many more hours and days outdoors.

My feet are starting to itch again. I find I'm watching more video's on Youtube and going to websites that deal with possuming, trapping, fur, etc, etc.

So, any of you fellas need a partner to work the possum lines with, or know where I can get ahold of a block with lots of furry critturs on it?

City life is strangling me, I need to get away and breathe…


Added by Rania Marsh on August 14, 2012 at 16:34 — No Comments


 About to go on a trip to try some gear out. A mate and I have been putting/making some equip. to carry which will allow us to fly camp and hunt or carry in our kayaks. The parameters are that it must be foolproof, waterproof and simple. Were going to use hammocks but decided to "ground hog" it on mats, with a fly cover.. I have heavily waterproofed my fly as it may be the saving of my comfort.!

Cooking is on a little stainless hobo type stove I made as I figured there is no future…


Added by roy ernest brickell on July 13, 2012 at 8:14 — 1 Comment

The long road to NZ.

Hello again everyone. Well it's been a long journey trying to get to NZ! Looks like things are about to start going very quickly now and should be there by the end of the year at the latest. It looks like bushcraft NZ has come on leaps and bounds since I lasts posted. Since leaving Ray Mears company Woodlore, last year, I have been working with my old friend and boss Paul Kirtley. Previously the course director for Ray Mears he has now started his own company frontier bushcraft and adventure.… Continue

Added by ian lawson on July 2, 2012 at 10:35 — No Comments

My Prodigy~


Gerber Prodigy



My first survival knife, the Gerber Prodigy. I just thought of sharing my views with you all =)

Be it bushcraft enthusiast, "experts" or even knife collectors, there have been alot of love and hate…


Added by Huan Lim on February 2, 2012 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

Wild food Classes/walks

Anyone know of any courses etc in the Canterbury region

Added by Scott Hamilton on January 19, 2012 at 20:58 — 2 Comments

Natural char materials for flint and steel fire lighting

The skills of lighting a fire with a piece of flint,high carbon steel and char cloth is well documented and widely practiced in bushcraft circles. Generally  the char cloth is made by baking a piece of pure cotton fabric in a low oxygen environment. (in a tin)

Historically materials gathered from the forest were used instead of char cloth. To me, competency at flint steel fire lighting would require the material needed to be gathered from the bush,eg the hard stone and tinder. Most…


Added by barnsey on January 10, 2012 at 23:55 — No Comments

An amazing 3 weeks at the Outward Bound School

Well mid way through last year I got an opportunity through my work with the Red Cross New Zealand to go on a fully funded 3 week course at the Outward Bound School based in Anikiwa, Marlborough Sounds. (Actually only 20mins away from home)

I grabbed it with both hands, packed my bag and arrived one sunny day for what turned out to be one of the most fun and crazy times of my life.

We dump our gear, meet our 13 other watch mates and it's straight out in PT gear for a…


Added by Te Hopo on January 5, 2012 at 23:55 — 6 Comments

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