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NZ Geology

Like GSNZ branches, online sources about NZ geology are many but scattered. Some are aimed at researchers, some at the general public, others at primary, secondary or tertiary students. This page is an attempt to start to provide a source list of educational and informational material (see also the general links page).


New Zealand geology: an illustrated guide by Peter Ballance

Text and diagram content, Peter Ballance, 2009, collated and slightly updated by Jill Kenny and Bruce Hayward, 2017, internal design by Jill Kenny, digital diagrams and maps by Louise Cotterall, University of Auckland. (397p. Full colour, 170 pages of diagrams, maps and 114 photographs).

Download here (23Mb)




GNS Science

GNS Science is a government-owned research institute and is the best place to get geological maps and images. The website is rather large, these links will help navigate to the good stuff.

Te Ara

Te Ara, the on-line Encyclopedia of New Zealand, contains many well-illustrated articles on New Zealand earth science, mainly written for the non-specialist. There is a plethora of links here or try the A-Z and Search options.

Royal Society of New Zealand

RSNZ is the umbrella scientific society in the country. RSNZ produces alpha and gamma series publications and other learning resources, most of which can be downloaded as pdf files, and some of which are on geological topics. RSNZ also has a page specifically for secondary school students.

Strictly for specialists, the New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics publishes original research papers on all aspects of the earth sciences relevant to New Zealand, the Pacific, and Antarctica back issues.