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Who Are We?

  • The Geoscience Society of New Zealand is an incorporated society which encourages the advancement of the earth sciences in New Zealand. Membership is open to all people interested in the pursuits of the Society.
  • The Auckland Branch is one of seven local branches who organise illustrated lectures, discussion meetings, field trips and social events.
  • The Branch has two different membership types - membership of the national body (Geoscience Society of New Zealand) and membership of the Auckland branch section - GeoClub. Some belong to one or the other and some belong to both.
  • Geoscience Society membership entitles you to receive the GSNZ Newsletter, Branch newsletters and benefit from discounts. For more information go here.
  • GeoClub membership entitles you to a monthly GeoClub Newsletter by snail or email with information of upcoming talks and field trips. For more information about GeoClub go here and for the GeoClub membership form go here .

Branch Rep: Jennifer Eccles -
GeoClub: Bruce Hayward - or Hugh Grenfell -


What is "GeoClub'?

  • Established in 1992 at Auckland Museum the GeoClub is now part of the Auckland Branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand at Auckland University. The Club is a mix of enthusiastic amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the study and understanding of Auckland's geology and fossils and has a membership of approximately 100.
  • No previous knowledge or understanding of geology is required to become a member, although most of our members started by taking an adult education course or a geology paper at University. The main requirement is an enthusiasm to understand something about the long history of the earth and our region.
  • Recent Club field trips have included visits to Hokianga, East Cape, Rotorua, Port Waikato, Waihi Gold Mine, Puketotara Peninsula, Kawau Island, the Miranda coast, Piha, Browns Island, Pollen Island, Whangaparoa, the Hillsborough coast, Queens Street building stones, Takapuna fossil forest to mention a few.

  • Geology is a hobby that families and people of all ages can enjoy. It gets you out into the open air and is a great way to exercise. It takes you to fascinating places you have never visited before and above all you will start seeing the landscape with new eyes. No longer will you just see sheep grazing on hills. You will start to see the lava flows, the fault lines, the folded strata that control the shape of the hills, ancient river terraces and coastal plains.

What do we do?

  • Monthly meetings at the Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave with lectures and slide shows. Parking is available (see below ) with easy access from the motorway. Books and pamphlets on New Zealand geology available at wholesale prices. Expert assistance available to help identify your problem rocks, minerals or fossils.
  • Frequent field trips of half or full day duration in the weekends throughout the year. Car-pooling is encouraged. Periodic long weekend field trips to interesting geology further from Auckland, with costs kept low with budget accommodation.


What's On?


The July meeting was treated to a detailed account of how orbicular granites are believed to form around the edges of magma plutons from Bernhard Sporli. The second act was an intriguing account and video of exploration and the first mapping of a long lava cave on Savai'i in Samoa from our very own cave man Peter Crossley. Thanks to both for keeping the audience awake and on the edges of their seats. Eighteen members and locals turned up at Stanmore Bay on a July Sunday when stormy weather was promised by the weatherpersons. We had 90 mins talking and looking at the Waitematas at the east end of the beach before the skies opened and the rest of the trip was abandoned. Fortunately we had reached the highlight feature - giant recumbent folds in the Waitemata Sandstone cliffs. We will have to return some time to see the slide plane that underlies them and the 3D trace fossils further out towards the point. Many thanks to leader Bruce.

Geocene 20 submissions are invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny.
All Geocene volumes can be accessed at

NEXT MEETINGS: Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom. Opens at 7.15 PM for 7.30 PM start.

  • TUES 20th AUGUST 7.30 PM "Recent revelations on eruptions at Mt Taranaki." Geoff Lerner, PhD student, University of Auckland
  • TUES 17th SEPT 7.30 PM "The Waitemata Basin" Bruce Hayward
  • MON 7th OCTOBER 2019 HOCHSTETTER LECTURE: Distant sourced tsunamis. Dr Bill Fry, GNS Science, Lower Hutt. Venue to be announced.
  • TUES 15th OCT "Fabulous Foulden Maar fossils" Prof Daphne Lee, Otago University.


NB: If any field trip particpant has an allergy that requires them to carry an EpiPen or similar they must inform the field trip leader at the start of the trip - not when an emergency might suddenly happen.

    Leaders Christine Major (karst search) and Bruce Hayward. Meet at end of Quarry Rd (entrance to Otuataua Historic Reserve) at 9.30 AM. Classification: Moderately easy walking, some stony scrambles and some intertidal soft sand (LT 11.30 AM). If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 8 AM for possible postponement.
  • OCT 12, 13, 26, 27. AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL GUIDED GEOLOGY WALKS at: Karekare Crater (1 PM), Takapuna Fossil forest (1 PM), Pakuranga Walkway (1 PM), Central Auckland Volcanoes, Auckland Museum return (10 AM, 6 hr walk).
    Leader Bruce Hayward. Fly in (land before 10.45 AM) and out (leave after 6 PM) of Nelson Airport. FULLY SUBSCRIBED. If you want to go on a reserve list ring Maureen Burke ( Reference material will be QMAP Nelson and Cobb Valley GSNZ Guidebook (some for sale at GeoClub nights).

When & Where?

CLUB NIGHTS are on the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, except January, doors open 7.15PM, talks begin 7.30PM, at the Epsom Community Centre, 200 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland.


ANY ENQUIRIES: Ring Bruce Hayward, during day, ph: 523 1667,

GeoClub meeting location


Geocene Magazine

Geocene is a periodic publication of GeoClub, a section of the Auckland branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.

Contributions about the geology of New Zealand (particularly northern New Zealand) from members are welcome. Please note articles are lightly edited but not refereed.

Please email the Editor, Jill Kenny - (substitute @ for _at_).