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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?


Another large crowd turned up to hear GSNZ President Adrian Pittari tell us everything there is to know about ignimbrites - particularly the ones he has studied in New Zealand and Rome. Many thanks Adrian. The following weekend 16 turned out for a gentle walk around the Waiheke coastal walkway - discussing large boulders of chert and Kerikeri basalt karst en-route. By early afternoon we arrived at Fossil Bay, near Church Bay and many different fossils were seen and their story of the early subsidence of Waitemata Basin explained. Everyone managed to get back over the hill in time to catch the 3 PM ferry. Many thanks to trip leader Bruce Hayward. Liz Hoskins has made a photo book of the trip. Early in June there was a large turnout (120 coming and going over the whole day, including many Geoclubbers) to the geology/archaeology of the Ihumatao area organized by GeoClub member Ilmars Travers for SOUL and GeoClub. Well done Ilmars.

Geocene 14 submissions invited: Please send contributions to Jill Kenny.

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

  • TUES 21st June, 7.30 PM. "Coastal cliff erosion under rising sea level," by Dr Mark Dickson, Univ of Auck.
  • TUES 19th July, 7.30 PM. "Cosmogenic dating of Pleistocene glaciation in the North Island." by Dr Martin Brook, Univ of Auck. Preceded by short refresher on field trip first aid by our own Jill Kenny.
  • TUES 16th Aug, 7.30 PM. Univ of Auckland, Engineering School Auditorium. 2016 Hochstetter Lecture "The forensics of volcanic catastrophe - how to study large explosive eruptions" by Prof Colin Wilson, Victoria University.
  • SUN JULY 3rd. KARIOTAHI BEACH PLEISTOCENE SEQUENCE, 1 PM. Leader Bruce Hayward. Walk several km north up the beach at low tide (3 PM, 0.4 m) to examine the sediments that built Awhitu Peninsula. Car pool from Manukau City at Noon - meet at the Shell Station on the corner of Great South Rd and Lakewood Cres. (Return distance 100 km, suggested contribution to drivers $10 each). If weather is threatening, ring Bruce (5231667) at 10.30 AM to check whether the trip is on or not. Geoclub last visited here in March 1995. Trip difficulty: Easy beach walk, could be cool wind.
  • NOV 7 day trip, probable dates Nov 20-26th. A TASTE OF CENTRAL NORTHLAND'S GEOLOGY, leader Bruce Hayward. Visits will likely include: Te Wairoa soda spring and travertine mound, Ngawha geothermal field, Te Puke scoria cones, Koutu giant concretions, Pungaere natural bridge, Waimamaku deltaic conglomerates and fossil leaves, Wekaweka gas seep and many more - staying at Kerikeri and Opononi. To help us know how many to book accommodation, could you please send Bruce an email if you think it likely you will come by end June. This is NOT a booking - that request will come next month hopefully. Those who send an email will be notified first when booking opens.

    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_).