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Alpine Fault research in the Department of Geology

Tectonic setting of New Zealand

New Zealand sits astride a tectonic plate boundary. The Pacific plate subducts under the Australian plate east of the North Island. South of the south Island it is the other way around and in between the plates wrench past one another.

Alpine Fault virtual field trip

Take a virtual field trip along the Alpine Fault zone. Find out what the fault looks like at different localities and what indications we have of previous Alpine Fault activity.

Download Alpine Fault maps and data

Various research datasets are available including Alpine fault traces mapped by Geology staff and students at Otago.