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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?


There was a good turnout at our September meeting to hear Prof Michael Petterson of AUT talk to us about his career experiences connecting rocks and people and trying to make the world a better place especially in Afghanistan, Solomon and other Pacific islands. We have nearly completed the annual Auckland Heritage Festival guided walks to aspects of Auckland's volcanic heritage with enthusiastic attendances from the public and a good sprinkling of Geoclubbers also. Thanks to Wendy, Hugh and Bruce for leading these.

Geocene 18 submissions are invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny. 

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

  • TUES 16th OCT 7.30 PM. "All you ever wanted to know about Swamp Kauri" by Dr Drew Lorrey, NIWA, Auckland.
  • TUES 20th NOV. 7.30PM. "Tropical reef islands" by Dr Murray Ford, University of Auckland, School of the Environment.


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.

  • SUN 21st OCT. TE PUKE O TARA/HAMPTON PARK Volcano and historic farm.. Leader Bruce Hayward. Meet at 1.30 PM beside park sign next to Hampton Park homestead driveway on East Tamaki Rd. Come walk and explore this newly opened public parkland with its remains of one of Auckland's volcanoes and its historic farm relics. If weather is not good ring Bruce (5231667) at 7 AM for possible postponement. Classification: Moderate inclined walk up and back.
  • NOV 3-9th KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE & NORTH CANTERBURY GEOLOGY FIELD TRIP. Leaders Bruce Hayward, Jesse Kearse, Kate Pedley. Trip starts at 10.15 AM Sat 3rd Nov at Chch Airport and finishes at airport at 6 PM Fri 9th (7 PM or later flights). 6 nights motel accom at ~$60 pp night. Own food. Extra transport and other costs ~$280.
    FULLY BOOKED. For more info and go on waiting list contact Maureen Burke
  • Bruce Hayward will lead guided walks and visits to 50 of Auckland's volcanoes - climbing the cones or viewing their remains. No bookings required, free. All events will proceed no matter what the weather - please bring lunch and appropriate gear for walking on footpaths, grass and likely rain.
  • Sat 13 Oct, 10am-4pm Manukau Lowlands volcanoes, private cars, short walks. (Wiri, Ash Hill, McLaughlin Mt, Puhinui, Cemetery Crater, Kohuora, Crater Hill view, Pukaki Lagoon, Boggust Crater) Meet on corner of Langley Rd and Wiri Station Rd, Wiri, 10 AM-4 PM
  • Sun 14 Oct, 10am-4pm East Tamaki volcanoes, private cars, short walks. Pigeon Mt, Styaks Swamp Crater, Green Mt, Otara Hill, Hampton Park, Pukewairiki, Mt Robertson, Mt Richmond, McLennan Hills) Meet in Pigeon Mt carpark, 68 Pigeon Mt Rd, Half Moon Bay, Pakuranga, 10 AM-4 PM

When & Where?

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


ANY ENQUIRIES: Ring Bruce Hayward, during day, ph: 578 1491,

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_).