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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?


At the monthly September meeting Bruce Hayward gave a detailed account of what we know and don't know about Auckland's most common rocks - the Waitemata Sandstones. In early October many GeoClubbers turned up at the Museum to hear the annual Hochstetter Lecture, presented this year by geophysicist Bill Fry. His main message was that people living along the NE coast of the North Island may not get "the long and strong, be gone" natural earthquake message to evacuate coastal areas in case of a tsunami that might be generated from the Kermadec section of the subduction zone. Potential tsunami generated from this region would reach the NE NZ coast about 1 hr after the earthquake giving insufficient time for civil defence to assess the tsunami risk and send out an evacuation warning.

Geocene 21 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 15th OCT 7.30 PM "Foulden Maar, Hindon Maars and the Roxburgh Amber Forest - three of the most important terrestrial fossil sites in New Zealand. How do we protect our threatened fossil heritage?" Prof Daphne Lee, Otago University.
  • TUES 19th NOV 7.30 PM "Old images, new aerial photos and recent advances in our understanding of Auckland Volcanoes" by Bruce Hayward. Preceded by a short launch of his new book: Volcanoes of Auckland: A Field Guide, AUP. Copies available for cash purchase at discount price.


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.

  • SAT 12 Oct, 1pm-3pm Karekare Beach ancient volcanic crater, 3 km walk on sand and across stm.
    (Walk around inside this eroded 17 million year old crater) Meet at beach carpark, 1 PM.
  • SUN OCT 13, 1pm-3pm Takapuna fossil forest, 1.5 km coastal walk
    (Learn about NZ's best example of forest killed and preserved by lava flows - from 190,000 yr old Pupuke Volcano). Meet at Takapauna Beach boat ramp carpark, end of The Promenade, 1 PM.
  • SAT OCT 26, 1pm-3pm Fossil forest and volcanic ash, Pakuranga, 3 km easy walk
    (See forests and swamp vegetation killed and preserved by ash erupted from Panmure Basin and Mangakino volcanoes). Meet at end of Tamaki Bay Drive, off Pakuranga Rd, 1 PM. Footwear for slightly muddy foreshore exposure of fossil forest.
  • SUN OCT 27. 10am-4pm Central Auckland volcanoes, 8 km walk, 6 hrs. Repeat of 2018 walk.
    (visit each of Auckland Domain, Grafton, Mt Eden, Te Pou Hawaiki, Mt St John, Mt Hobson volcanoes). Meet at back steps of Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain, 10 AM., return to Museum. Bring lunch and fluid. Mostly sealed paths, but some gravel and some grass on maunga.
    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_).