Welcome to The Bloke! The Bloke was set up with the purpose of gathering information into a resource for people heading out into the outdoors – be that in the form of tramping, backpacking or shooting. A lot of this website is me simply documenting things as I learn. I won’t claim to be an expert, but I do enjoy sharing what I find out.

This isn’t a site for proxy outdoorsman. So not many trip stories. The goal is provide you with the knowledge to get out there and make your own adventures.

So, recent articles are to the right, navigate to your area of interest in the menus above – or just click one of the buttons below to keep exploring!

Gear reviews, techniques and courses – all information to help you get out in the backcountry more confidently, comfortably and safely. Click the link to go to our outdoors reviews and techniques section. Take me outdoors!
From long range target shoot, to up close and personal IPSC Pistol, with some hunting to provide meat thrown in for good measure. A mix of cutting edge technology and old school techniques – learn more about firearms, shooting and hunting. Click the link to go to our shooting and hunting section. Take me to the range!


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Hammock Camping

Hammock Camping can be a nice alternative to sleeping on the ground.

Want extra strength beard products?

Sometimes you just want something with a little extra kick in your Beard Products. We are happy to provide.

Shooting Units: Ballistic Coefficient (BC)

At some point, you have probably heard the term Ballistic Coefficient. People on ranges love to compare and argue about what bullet have a better BC. But what does it actually mean?


Philip Holden: Pack and Rifle

Yes, I realise I am a little slow in getting round to these. Most in the hunting community will have already read Philip Holdens Book. No? Well, get onto it then!


Hammock Camping

Hammock Camping can be a nice alternative to sleeping on the ground.

Flat Tarps

Want a simple shelter solution? Considered a tarp?

Aarn Load Limo

Simply put, the Aarn Load Limo is the most comfortable system I have come across for carrying large loads around the place.

Living Well

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Wigram Brewing’s Spruce Beer

If you like the smell of the NZ bush and the taste of back-country water - you may well also like this Spruce Beer. I certainly did.

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Darkest Days Oatmeal Stout

Liberty Beers Oatmeal Stout offering. Chocolate, Coffee. Still bitter though. Maybe I just don't like beer?

New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society

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Davey Hughes

Our first entry into the NZBAS Hall of Bearded Fame!

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Beard Oil or Food? What’s the difference?

I get asked this question a bit - what should I get? The Beard Oil or the Beard Food? So I thought I would put together a brief article to highlight some of the differences.