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 toward. It is by no means complete, as things will be added and discarded as the dream unfolds.

Identifying and Setting up a Campsite

Basic fire making and preparation

Camp cooking and food preparation

Camp and Personal Hygeine

Camp and Bush First Aid

Hiking for fun and fitness

Preparation and care of boots and equipment

Choosing boots and equipment

Recognizing native flora and fauna

Uses for native and introduced flora and fauna



Kayaking/canoeing (where applicable)

Basic trapping techniques

Care of equipment

Survival techniques

Hunting techniques

Trapping techniques

Camouflage and Concealment


I'm bound to have left out some things, so if you have any ideas and/or advice, please, let me know.

This is just the start. The two main items I don't have of course are the funds needed to get up and going, and the most important, the land to start my School on. There's going to be some major praying and believing on my part, I can tell you.

So, there we have it. If you want to get on board, you are very welcome. PM me, leave a blog post, or reply via my page. Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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Comment by zalaluddin.yahya on December 21, 2011 at 3:06

yeah, I also agree by setting up Bushcraft  School in NZ.  Every men at some time or other, would like to try their skill with outdoor activities.  People from other country can share both experience toward this. Today's campers will be amused by some of the ways and yesterday's adventure kept ourselves busy.  From the fascinating making a bed  of boughs to the fantastic building a log cabin,we will find  panorama of outdoor activities. It will covered the basics of making a temporary  or permanet camp structure and fundamental skills such as achery (bow and arrow making etc) as well as lesser-known secret for taking advantage of winter camping activities.  So no matter where or what we are we'll find a whole new  world to explore in the school. 

Comment by Caitlin Magill on December 13, 2011 at 14:43

Yeah, I agree setting up a Bushcraft School in NZ would be fantastic. I think to make it work as a business it could be marketed towards the 'weekend warriors' ?!

I am really keen to learn this stuff myself, as an outdoor instructor, there is a abysmal lack of basic bushcraft content in most (or any) outdoor tertiary training organisations I have come across in NZ.

So there is definitely room for it in NZ?!

Comment by edward frankham on December 11, 2011 at 22:50

That sounds like a bloody fantastic idea ! one thing i would add is probably navigation using the natral land features like the sun the stars and stuff like that , other than that it sounds a great idea , good luck and i hope this really takes off


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