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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 on Gerber among them. Some find Gerber "too commercialised" and…


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

New food bill to be passed...Please read...

Not sure if you all have heard of this new food bill to be passed, I say to be passed as it must be passed to meet our obligations as members of The World Trade Organisation.

This is effectively going to make it illegal to give away seeds, spare produce etc to friends family and neighours, it also means without permission from government you will be breaking the law if you sell any, eg at markets etc, or as a cottage industry.


It also gives police the ability to raid…


Added by Scott Hamilton on January 4, 2012 at 22:02 — 6 Comments

Cheap lightweight food!

I was in the taraua ranges the other day we we up to Powell hutt across to jumbo and then to antiwhakatu hut when we reached antiwhakatu hut I realized there was no gas (I guess I should of done my homework) as I didn't have my gas cooker so we had to light a fire by the hut. I just wanted to mention the food we had that night, at the supermarket you can buy potato flakes for about $2-50/3-50 we brought some of them and some dried peas,carrots and corn for about $3 and we also had I packet of… Continue

Added by Lachlan Jake Rogers on December 31, 2011 at 14:38 — No Comments

Bowering Resource Locations

Just a few questions i want to ask people here. What are the laws reguarding stave collection? Hoping to gather a few sapling staves while we go up north early in 2012. 

And particular locations people recommend?


Added by Sean on December 29, 2011 at 21:04 — 2 Comments

Walking Staffs

Would love to see any pictures of anyones staffs, and hear the different ideas that us Kiwis have for additions etc to them.

I have seen all sorts from other bushcraft sites around the world and was wondering if anyone knows of really unusual woods that are native to NZ that have great grain pattens etc such as curly maple and the like. Seems overseas you have some fantastic looking woods that really stand out, do we?

Added by Scott Hamilton on December 23, 2011 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Bushcraft instruction in New Zealand


There has been some discussion recently about bushcraft schools in New Zealand.I thought this might be an appropriate time to mention my school

As Ben Jordan stated,the most important thing about a bushcraft school is the background of the instructors

My background is well documented on that website

Basically i have been a teacher and outdoor instructor for many years…


Added by barnsey on December 21, 2011 at 22:55 — 1 Comment

Reply to Ben Jordan.

Hi, Ben. I am posting this in reply to your query as to my background, etc. I'd love to tell you that I was a bushman from way back, that my father used to take me hunting and camping every chance he got, and we had the times of our life. But that would be a complete lie. I have never been hunting, either pigs or deer. My sad loss. 

But I have been camping, in the Urewera when I was possum trapping, and in the Raukumara ranges, doing the same thing. I used to camp out in my back yard…


Added by Rania Marsh on December 8, 2011 at 23:27 — 5 Comments

Bushcraft and Survival School.

Hi, everyone. I was talking to a friend on facebook tonight about my dream of starting and running a Bushcraft and Survival School here in New Zealand.

This friend of mine gave me encouragement and told me to go for it, and to follow my dream.So, here we are, the first step on my Journey. I am asking everyone out there in the New Zealand Bushcraft community for advice, encouragement, and for whatever help you can offer me.

Here is a basic start to the what I want to head…


Added by Rania Marsh on December 8, 2011 at 2:41 — 3 Comments

catch up.

Here we go with round two. I had a whole lot of writing done, and was almost finished, when this damn page decided it was going to shut down all by itself! I hate it when that happens!


Now what was i saying? Oh yes, something about getting my pack sorted for summer.

This is depressing. I cant be bothered doing this again, yet I have to. (Crap).

OK. I think I was telling you all about what I was going to put into my pack. Something to do with Dave Canterbury's…


Added by Rania Marsh on December 1, 2011 at 21:35 — 2 Comments

Vaseline Cotton Ball Or Char Cloth

Whats best for you?

Added by Lachlan Jake Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 16:46 — 2 Comments

Fire starting!

Hey guys I was just wondering what do you guys think of the good old vasaline and cotton ball?

Added by Lachlan Jake Rogers on October 7, 2011 at 19:12 — 3 Comments

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