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Field trip guides

"The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks"
GSNZ wants to maintain a strong, and safe, fieldtrip culture in New Zealand.

Field safety guidelines

With the increased emphasis on Health and Safety, GSNZ has developed fieldtrip safety guidelines. These are primarily for use on its official conference fieldtrips but can also be used by branches.

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Roadside stops appendix (pdf format)


Since 2002 GSNZ fieldguides have been converted to pdf format and are posted here for ready reference. Such guides often contain useful syntheses of information that may not be published elsewhere. Proper citation is encouraged and, where appropriate, users should contact the authors for permission to cite material.

It is the responsibility of individuals to familiarise themselves with hazards and safety requirements on any fieldtrip, and also to obtain appropriate permission to enter property (possession of a guide confers no privilege or exemption!).

Geoscience Society Conference Napier, 2018.





FT6: Jurassic sequences of the North Island.

Campbell, H.

7 days

4.6Mb pdf

Geoscience Society Conference, Hamilton, 2012.






Field Trip Guides (all included in a single file).

Pittari, A. (compiler).

51Mb pdf

Field trip 1: 

C3 - Cenozoic Carbonates and Caves. 47p.

Nelson, C.S. and Hendy, C.H.

1 day

Field trip 2:

Where Geology Meets Pedology: Late Quaternary Tephras, Loess, and Paleosols in the Mamaku Plateau and Lake Rerewhakaaitu Areas. 45p.

Lowe, D.J., Lanigan, K.M., Palmer, D.J.1 day

Field trip 3:

Oligocene-Miocene sedimentary record,
eastern Taranaki Basin margin. 63p.

Nelson, C.S. and Kamp, P.J.J.
2 days

Field trip 4:

Where Subduction Meets Intraplate Activity. 14p.

Briggs, R.M., Pittari, A.
1 day

Field trip 6:

Geothermal Exploration and Development. 19p.

Rae, A.J. and Bignall, G.
1 day


Field trip 9.

Huntly Coal, Power Station and the Wandering Waikato River. 10p.

Vicki Moon
1 day