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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?


Our Nov meeting welcomed a large crowd to the launch of Bruce Hayward's new field guide to AucklAnd Volcanoes. Afterwards they were treated to a sampling of Alastair Jamieson's new air photos of the volcanoes and a catchup on the advancements there have been in the last 8 years in our understanding of the volcanoes. In late Nov a select group of Geoclubbers joined Hugh Grenfell for a look at the Pleistocene sediments on either side of the airport at Mangere. The weather was favourable and they came away with a greater appreciation of the huge extent of these deposits that have we know so little about in terms of their geological history. Thankyou to Hugh for leading the trip and discussions. During the month, Jill Kenny released the latest issue of the club journal, Geocene 21, which was emailed as an attachment to all members. It contains articles on the Puketona volcanoes visited near Waitangi by Geoclub earlier this year; the thickness of the Waitemata Sandstones and the new dates on Auckland volcanoes.

Geocene 22 submissions are invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny.
All Geocene volumes can be accessed at

2020 Geoclub subscriptions are now due (STILL $10 per email member/family; $20 per postal member/family for those without internet only). Please pay our treasure, Christine Major: n cash at Dec meeting, or ransfer money to: Kiwibank Account No: 38-9010-0285768-00, Acc. reference: AUCK GEOCLUB; Put your name in the payment reference and notify Christine (, or end your cheque to Geoclub, 36 Lincoln St, Ponsonby, Auckland, 1021 BEFORE MARCH as our bank will NOT accept cheques after that date.  

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

  • TUES 17th DEC 7.30 PM MEMBERS' CONTRIBUTIONS & CHRISTMAS SUPPER. Please consider presenting us with a 5-10 min talk on any aspect of your experiences or research on geology or bring along a specimen or two to talk about. Preceded by usual short AGM. Followed by annual Xmas supper - please bring a contribution to the table.


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 DEC 15 XMAS BBQ COYLE PARK, PT CHEV. Leader Hugh Grenfell. Meet at 4.30 PM for low tide (slightly muddy) walk around the point looking at Waitemata Sandstone features. Followed by BBQ dinner at 5.30-6 PM in park. BBQ provided. Bring all your own food and drink. If the weather goes pear-shaped phone Hugh (8278401) at 3 pm for possible postponement. Classification: easy walking, a bit muddy.
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_).