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 learn.

I'm coming out to NZ at the end of March.  I'll be staying in Christchurch for a while and would really like to meet up with any bushcraft folk who have the time.  I'm particularly keen to meet anyone into traditional arts and crafts.  I've seen lots of Maori sites online but I can't tell which ones might be able to teach me traditional stuff - any advice or comments welcome.

All the best,


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Comment by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 11, 2015 at 0:36

Sure mate. I will see what I can find.

Comment by Rob Griffiths on March 10, 2015 at 4:09


Thanks for your comments - much appreciated.  I'll be flying out of North Island, but may not be there for long.  I suspect that the family will want to do the Hobbit trail, etc, so I may not have much time for the fun stuff ;-)

I'll look at the Simon Amos stuff you suggested.  My daughter is in contact with a Scout troop in Christchurch, so I'll ask her for info. - good thought.

All input much appreciated.  Thanks again for your efforts.

Comment by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 9, 2015 at 21:50

Hi Rob. A new friend from Iceland came out to NZ for a visit awhile ago. I was able to hook up with him and help out a bit because he started and ended his trip in Auckland, where I live. He went all over the country and spent a over a week on Stewart Island by himself, walking the tracks and living in the bush. Christchurch is no where near where I live unfortunately but the South Island of NZ is loaded with prime outdoors opportunities. 

I am finding that the bushcraft community in NZ is small but growing and I don't think there are many routine events or get togethers yet. Maybe there are but I may be missing them. A person to contact in the South Island may be Simon Amos. He has a blog post just beneath yours on the home page. He has an outdoors business which sounds pretty good. Have you also tried any NZ Scouts? Sorry I can't be anymore help mate. I will look around and see what I can find. 

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