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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?


We were treated to four superb presentations by club members at our April meeting. Ian Simpson gave an account of his visit to and study of Aniseed Valley copper smelters, in the Nelson Ophiolte. Wendy Goad introduced us to the Australian landform they call Silt Jetties, which she had recently visited in Victoria. Christine Major showed us the beauty that can be seen if you are a gun tramper, like her, in her visual description of Matiri limestone plateaux in northwest Nelson. Bruce Hayward gave his interpretation of the origins of Matukutureia and Te Motu a Hiaroa's explosion craters and tuff rings. Many thanks to all presenters.
Early in May, we had a four-day field trip to Northland with 30 people attending on one of more of the days. Highlights included NZ's best exposure through Last Interglacial beach and sand dunes at One Tree Pt; first Geoclub visits to little known lava-flow-dammed Lake Ora; quarried Onoke Volcano (Kamo); Puhipuhi basalt karst (private farm); Puketona scoria cones, craters and stone gardens (private land); Kawiti limestone cave; and karst and the exposure at North Ocean beach of Northland's most complicated geology. Many thanks to the leaders and organisers Bruce, Maureen and Christine.

Geocene 19 is NOW out and was sent as an attachment to all members, but it was too large (9 mb) for the email boxes of seven members. It can be downloaded direct from the web - see below: Great job Jill!
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 21st MAY 7.30 PM "Adjustment of marine gas hydrates to environmental changes at glacial time scales. Results from seismic surveys and ocean drilling on the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand." by Ingo Pecher, University of Auckland.


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 MAY 19th EXPLORE THE WAITEMATA SANDSTONES AROUND KAURI Pt, BIRKENHEAD. Leader Bruce Hayward. Start at Noon at end of Balmain Rd, Birkenhead. Low tide 1.30 PM. LT Noon. Bring gear for all weather, lunch as we start, suitable footwear for slightly muddy and wet sand and maybe a few slippery sandstone foreshores. Classification: Moderately easy, about 3 km walk all up. If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 10.30 AM for possible postponement.
    Leader Hugh Grenfell. Meet and park at 10 AM opposite junction of Te Henga and Aio Wira roads, about 2 km west of Scenic Drive turnoff to Bethells Beach. Classification: Easy walking on gravel roads and paths, will probably finish by Noon. If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 8.30 AM for possible postponement.
    Leader Bruce Hayward. Fly in (land before 10.45 AM) and out (leave after 6 PM) of Nelson Airport. Shared van transport. Stay 7 nights in Takaka (~$55 ppn). May include 1 day Farewell Spit trip if sufficient numbers want it.
    PLEASE BOOK ASAP with Maureen Burke by phoning her on Auck 4190879 or emailing her at NUMBERS ARE LIMITED, so first in sees the rocks. Maureen will confirm the booking with you and ask you to pay the approx. accommodation cost of $400 pp as a deposit banked in the Geoclub Account - Kiwibank Account No: 38-9010-0285768-00, Put your name in the payment reference and NWNelson. Please do NOT pay until given the nod by Maureen. Tell her if you want to do or do NOT want Cape Farewell trip (~$150 for 6.5 hrs).
    Grade: Moderately easy at most stops - a few more active. Book your airfares early (now) to get cheap rates.

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_).