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 On Shaky Ground: a geological guide to the Wellington metropolitan region.   

On Shaky Ground: a geological guide to the Wellington metropolitan region. 
Author: Stevens, G.R. 1992 ISBN: Out of print Description: 112pp.
 Red Rocks: a Wellington geological excursion   

Red Rocks: a Wellington geological excursion 
Author: Grapes, R.H.; Campbell, H.J. 1994 ISBN: 0-908678-46-0 Description: 32pp.
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Field trip guides

 Wellington Field Trip Guides

"The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks". 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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Roadside stops appendix (pdf format)


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 Such guides often contain useful syntheses of information that may not be published elsewhere.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!).

Wellington Conference, 2015. GSNZ Misc Pub 143B





FT1: Following in Cotton's footsteps (tyre tracks): Origin and evolution of the Wellington K Surface by mountain bike.
C. Watson & K. Norton
1 day
3Mb pdf
FT2: Wellington Rocks: An introduction to Wellington geology and landscape.C. Atkins & D. Carroll
1 day
4.5Mb pdf

Wellington Conference, 2008. GSNZ Misc Pub 124B





Wellington conference fieldtrip guides.

Compiled by Timothy Little


1.3MB pdf

1. Wellington Fault: Neotectonics and Earthquake. Geology of the Wellington-Hutt Valley Segment.

John Begg et al.

1 day

7.5MB pdf

2. Beach Geology and Geomorphology at Turakirae Head, Wellington.

Mauri McSaveney & David Kennedy

1 day

576KB pdf

5. Southern Wairarapa Fault and Wharekauhau Thrust (Palliser Bay.

Timothy Little et al.

1 day

6.4MB pdf

7. Wanganui: Sea Level Cycles, Tephras and Terraces in the Late Cenozoic.

Warren Dickenson et al.

2 day

3MB pdf