Welcome to the New Zealand Bushcraft Manual. This manual has been developed to help newcomers and those with some experience to enjoy the New Zealand outdoors safely. It provides foundation knowledge on which recreationalists, group leaders and those responsible for individuals and groups in the outdoors can build experience and understanding.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of this resource over the many years, your contribution of time, energy and passion continues to help make people safer in the outdoors each day, thank you. We trust that this manual will add to your developing knowledge, and to help you #MakeItHomeNZ.
Explore the chapters
Chapter 1: Going into the outdoors
Chapter 2: Environmental care
Chapter 3: Trip planning
Chapter 4: Managing risk
Chapter 5: Clothing
Chapter 6: Equipment
Chapter 7: Food
Chapter 8: Shelter
Chapter 9: Weather
Chapter 10: Tramping skills
Chapter 11: Navigation
Chapter 12: River safety
Chapter 13: Hazards
Chapter 14: Firearm safety
Chapter 15: Above the bushline
Appendix III: Additional information
Appendix IV: Forms and lists
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A part of New Zealand's outdoor recreation history
The first edition of the Bushcraft Manual was produced in 1968; over this period the manual has been used by thousands of people as they seek to extend their knowledge in all things bushcraft. Over the years new developments have contributed to revised versions, and this fifth edition is the culmination of that compounding knowledge and continued development of best practice. This edition has been updated at a time when the digital space continues to evolve at rapid pace.
This is a 5th revised edition | 2020
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