Campcraft, Navigation & Survival Courses

Navigation and Survival

Campcraft, Navigation & Survival Courses

Navigation and survival courses equip participants with vital skills for outdoor adventures. These courses cover topics like map reading, compass use and wilderness survival techniques. Participants learn to navigate through unfamiliar terrain, interpret natural signs, find shelter, locate water sources, and acquire basic survival skills. These courses provide invaluable knowledge and enhance safety in challenging environments

Comprehensive bush craft, navigation and survival courses

We also know from experience that the two go hand-in-hand, so rather than offering seperate courses, we combine the two for maximum impact and engagement.

We help you gain skills, knowledge and experiences in outdoor environments. It is centred around helping you answer the question “Where you are on the map based on the features around you and what you can do and use if the first question fails?”

No matter which experience you choose, your SNM guides will inspire you, encourage you and support you through each step of your journey so you can push your limits and reach new achievements with each experience. Adventure is for everyone, and each experience offers opportunities to try something new.


Primitive water collection and purification methods

Compass, map, natural navigation, night navigation.

Search and rescue (missing person) principles

River crossing

Shelter building

Fire lighting skills

Make a backpack from sticks and a tarp.

Basic flax weaving e.g. cordage

Flora: edibles, medicinals, practicals, poisonous


Catching eels


Elemental management: cold, wet, windy

Outdoor first aid 

Cliffs, embankments (abseiling)

Basic weaponry

Problem solving, decision making, scenarios


Being lost


No communication/reception


Terrain negotiation


Swollen streams/rivers

High winds/debris



Exposure/duration in wilderness

Car crash

Injured (visual impairment, physical impairment

Help yourself find your way around the outdoors

Planning your route on a map is one thing, but knowing where to go when you’re out there is a whole other matter. It is essential that you know how to find your way to your destination, and even more important to know how to make it home safe.

An excellent way to challenge yourself and build your natural resourcefulness. Our campcraft, survival and navigation courses give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to do more with less and thrive in the New Zealand bush.

Natural Navigation

Taking your cues from the natural world, you’ll learn how to build a campfire, shelter and bed, and discover how to use trees and other organic landmarks as life-saving navigational tools.

If you want to learn fundamental survival skills, this is the course for you.

The course is conducted entirely outdoors in a stimulating and safe environment from an improvised base camp. You will receive professional outdoors adventure training that develops your ability to survive in the New Zealand bush, using only the resources nature provides.

Our Survival Bush course is not designed to test physical toughness, but to increase your knowledge through experience.

What you will learn

We cover trip planning, NZ weather, packing and gear requirements for extended trips. But the focus is learning how to navigate using topographic maps. Depending on location, you will also get river crossing training. You will learn all the skills you need to go multi-day tramping in New Zealand safely with advanced tramping skills and includes in-depth weather education.

Our courses, workshops and expeditions span a range of specialist knowledge and skill-sets, from plantlore, foraging, wilderness/ expedition cooking, wildlife tracking and trailing and axe use, through to traditional winter, jungle, desert, riverine and coastal travel, using traditional techniques, modes of transportation and the insights provided by indigenous elders. Carefully designed for maximising the transferal of skill and knowledge, these courses are ideal opportunities for you to gain intensive professional tuition of highly applicable wilderness skills.

Our navigation and survival courses are for people who are looking to extend their foundational compass and map reading skills and gain confidence in the NZ backcountry. Delivered in classic New Zealand wilderness, this course includes advanced map & compass skills, travelling in steep terrain, NZ weather, route planning and bush survival skills.

This is a popular course for adventure racers, mountaineers and trampers that are getting into more serious, off-track terrain or those looking to build confidence & survival skills in the New Zealand backcountry. This course is also suitable for professional instructors training towards NZOIA Bush qualifications.






Down jacket


Scarf / Neck warmer





Wire saw


Tire tube

Air mattress

Mini-sleeping bag



Duct tape


Muesli bar







Serious survival

Our training environment is designed to help people from all backgrounds develop their confidence and skills – and enhance their ability to stay alive when the unexpected happens.

Anyone at any stage of life could one day be caught in a life or death situation. You could be lost in the bush as night falls or battling ocean waves after a boat or plane mishap. Could you cope?

Training individuals and teams to stay safe – even when they’re facing extraordinary challenges – is central to our mission. We believe people can only learn a certain amount from books, manuals or videos. Helping them discover their internal capabilities, and equipping them with the knowledge to make good decisions, is what we do.


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