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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 had a fantastic talk on Himalayan geology by Michael Peterson in June. For some members it was the first time they really understood how the Himalayas were formed. Many thanks Michael. Sixteen members turned out for an inspiring visit to the old quarry cuttings at Te Henga Rd Quarry in June. Leader Hugh Grenfell posed the question - are these andesites, submarine lava flows or intrusive sills? After more than an hour many of us were still wondering but finally most saw enough intrusive tongues of lava into sedimentary rock to be convinced they were intrusive sheets of lava that had pushed their way between layers of sediment beneath the seafloor. Many thanks to Hugh.

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 16th JULY 7.30 PM Epsom Community Centre.
    "The story of the orbicular granites you have adopted." by Bernhard Sporli &
    "Geology from the inside: surveying a spectacular Samoan lava cave" by Peter Crossley


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 JUL 14th STANMORE BAY Waitemata Sandstones exploration,
    Leader Bruce Hayward. Car pool will leave from outside Albany Bus Station, Cornerstone Drive, just off N Motorway at Oteha Valley off ramp, at 9.00 AM ($5 contribution) or meet at end of Stanmore Bay Rd (Whangaparaoa) at 9.30 AM. Low tide 11 AM. Walk beach and tidal platform for up to 2 km each way. Classification: Moderately easy walking. If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 8 AM for possible postponement.
    Leaders Christine Major (karst search) and Bruce Hayward. Meet at end of Quarry Rd (entrance to Otuataua Historic Reserve) at 9.30 AM. Classification: Moderately easy walking, some stony scrambles and some intertidal soft sand (LT 11.30 AM). If weather is inclement ring Bruce (5231667) at 8 AM for possible postponement.

    Leader Bruce Hayward. Fly in (land before 10.45 AM) and out (leave after 6 PM) of Nelson Airport. FULLY SUBSCRIBED. If you want to go on a reserve list ring Maureen Burke ( Reference material will be QMAP Nelson and Cobb Valley GSNZ Guidebook (some for sale at Geoclub nights).

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_).