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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 our Oct meeting we had a fabulous presentation by Prof Daphne Lee from Dunedin on "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?" Such an amazing record of southern NZ's terrestrial biota nearly 25 million years ago. In October, four field trips were led by Bruce Hayward as the Geoclub's contribution to the Auckland Heritage Festival. Many members turned up to one or more of these trips and all enjoyed fine weather and good turnouts. They were to Karekare crater (39 participants), Takapuna fossil forest (39), Pakuranga fossil forests and volcanic ash (45) and 6 hr walk around central Auckland's volcanoes (67). Early in Nov we had 28 participants on our NW Nelson 8 day geoadventure. Highlights included the graptolitic shale, Cobb glacial valley, asbestos fibres, Rawhiti Cave phytokarst, fossil heart urchins at Abel Head, dinosaur footprints, Farewell Spit, Motupipi limestone hogback, Ngarua marble cave, Kairuru marble quarry, Breaker Bay orbicular granite, Silurian quartzite, Hamama sinkholes, Waikorupupu Springs, Devils gumboots, Rangiheata fossil forest and lots more. The downside was finding Nelson airport closed by fog when we turned up Sun evening to fly home. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this major trip, esp the drivers, Maureen, Christine, Bruce and local guests Simon and Rowan Walls.

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 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 of $30.
  • 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 NOV 24 12 PM. LATE TERTIARY GEOLOGY OF SOUTHEAST MANUKAU HARBOUR. Leader Hugh Grenfell. Hugh Grenfell. Meet at very end of Renton Rd, Mangere or at the gate (if locked) at Noon. Bring lunch if interested. If the weather goes pear-shaped phone Hugh (8278401) at 10am for possible postponement. Classification: easy walking, a bit muddy at times.
  • 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_).