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Central Rocks: A guide to the geology and landscapes of Central Otago 
Authors:  Daphne Lee and Jane Forsyth, ISBN: 978-1-877480-00-3, 2008. Description: Full colour. 84 pp.
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GSNZ wants to maintain a strong, and safe, fieldtrip culture in New Zealand


Field safety guidelines

With the increased emphasis on Health and Safety, GSNZ has developed fieldtrip safety guidelines. These are primarily for use on its official conference fieldtrips but can also be used by branches.

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Since 2002 GSNZ fieldguides have been converted to pdf format and are posted here for ready reference. Such guides often contain useful syntheses of information that may not be published elsewhere. Proper citation is encouraged and, where appropriate, users should contact the authors for permission to cite material.

It is the responsibility of individuals to familiarise themselves with hazards and safety requirements on any fieldtrip, and also to obtain appropriate permission to enter property (possession of a guide confers no privilege or exemption!).

Wanaka Conference, 2016. GSNZ Misc Pub 145B





FT1: Tectonics of the Pacific‐Australian Plate Boundary.

V. Toy et al.
4 days

Pt1a 6.1Mb pdf

Part1b 4.1Mb pdf

FT3: Fossils and Strata of Central and North Otago, Waitaki Valley.

R.E. Fordyce & M.D.Richards

2 days2.5Mb pdf
FT4:Waipiata Volcanics, Otago, New Zealand.
J.D.L. White, K. Nmeth, E. Giacalone
1 day
7.7Mb pdf
FT 5: Central Otago Schist and Scenery.
N. Mortimer 1 day2.7Mb pdf
FT7: Sedimentology and Ichnology of the Late
Cretaceous Whakapohai Formation, South Westland Basin.

J.K. Lindqvist 1 day

4.8Mb pdf

FT8: Paleobotany and Sedimentology of Central Otago nd Southland.
D.E. Lee 3 days
6.7Mb pdf
FT9: Faults, Landslides, Precarious Rocks and Dam.
M. Stirling, D.J.A. Barrell, R. van Dissen 1 day
2Mb pdf

Christchurch Conference, 2013. GSNZ Misc. Pub. 136B





8: The Mesozoic Accretionary Orogen of

Mortimer, N. & Campbell, H.
7 days
3.9Mb pdf

4th International Maar Conference, Auckland, 2012.





MP131C "Miocene subaerial to subaqueous monogenetic volcanism in Otago, New Zealand"

Uwe Kaulfuss, Kroly Nmeth, James DL White.

3 day

4.6Mb pdf

Oamaru Conference, 2009. GSNZ Misc Pub 128B





1. "Gold in Central Otago".

Dave Craw

1 day

7.9Mb pdf

2. "Faults, fractures and fluid flow in basement assemblages."

Virginia Toy, Rick Sibson, Nick Mortimer

1 day

7.9Mb pdf

3. "Coastal Otago - Weston to Kakanui and Oamaru."

Daphne Lee

1 day

6.2Mb pdf

4. "The Waihemo Fault System, North Otago."

Claudine Curran, Richard Norris

1 day

6.2Mb pdf

5.  "Waiareka-Deborah Volcanics - volcanoes of the Paleogene shelf."

James White & Simone Hicks

2 day

4.3Mb pdf

6. "Aviemore - a dam of two halves."D.J.A. Barrell, S.A.L. Read, R.J. Van Dissen, D.F. Macfarlane, J. Walker, U. Rieser 1 day
4.3Mb pdf
7. Field Trip 7 "Vanished World."
 Ewan Fordyce 1 day
7.1Mb pdf
8. Field Trip 8 "Victorian Oamaru."
 Scott Elliffe -7.1Mb pdf
9. "Miocene phreatomagmatic monogenetic volcanism of the Waipiata Volcanic Field, Otago, New Zealand."
 Karoly Nemeth & James White 1 day

7.1Mb pdf

11. "Waitaki/Canterbury Basin."
 Ewan Fordyce 2 days
11.3Mb pdf
12. "Paleobotany, palynology and sedimentology of Late Cretaceous Miocene sequences in Otago and Southland."
 Daphne Lee, Jon Lindqvist, Dallas Mildenhall, Jennifer Bannister, Uwe Kaulfuss 3 days
5.1Mb pdf

Dunedin Conference, 2003. GSNZ Misc Pub 116B





1. East Otago Gold

S Cox, D Craw

1 day Dunedin-Macraes-Barewood, route guide

1.0MB pdf

2. Quaternary Geology, Neotectonics and Landscape processes of Coastal Otago

N Litchfield, D Barrell

1 day Milton-Dunedin, 9 stops

1.8MB pdf

3. Otago Schist Structure and Exhumation

N Mortimer, R Sibson

1 day Milton-Dunedin, 10 stops

730kB pdf

4. Vanished World Trail

E Fordyce

1 day North Otago, description

85kB pdf

5. Dunedin Building Stones and Architectural Heritage

J Forsyth, M Finlay

Half-one day walking guide

85kB pdf

6. Southern Alps Tectonics and Quaternary Geology

D Barrell, S Cox

3 days Geraldine-Omarama, 31 stops

1.6MB pdf

7. Igneous rocks of the Southland Coast and Eastern Fiordland

M Palin, R Price, A Reay

2 days Bluff-Borland, 14 stops

1.5MB pdf

9. Paleobotany and Sedimentology, Late Cretaceous-Miocene nonmarine sequences, Otago and Southland

D Lee, J Lindqvist, B Douglas, J Bannister, E Ciaraad

3 days, 11 stops

2.3MB pdf