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Field trips in the Department of Geology

Field trip dates in chronological order/teaching period

2017 Summer School

2017 Semester One

  • GEOL344 : Advanced Field Studies -Pounawea/Swinburn/Bruce Rocks (Tue 7 Feb – Thu 23 Feb)
  • GEOL252: Introduction to field mapping Maerewhenua (Tue 21st - Sun 26th Feb)

Semester One Begins (Monday 27th February)

  • GEOL252: Introduction to field mapping Borland (Sat  8th - Thu 13th April)

Mid semester break Begins (14th April) Good Friday, Easter Monday, Otago Anniversary Day

Mid semester break Ends (23rd April)

If you can’t find what you need, please contact the Academic Administrator, Dee Roben

General information

The field schools dates shown on this page are run as part of our core papers (courses). You can find more details on the web page for each paper.

Many of the optional papers in Geology at 200- and 300-level involve field work at weekends. Details will be sent to students as early as possible. If you have a clash between field requirements for different papers, please discuss matters with us as soon as possible.

Field trips are usually compulsory. Normally, students may be exempted from field trips only on the grounds of illness (as documented by a medical certificate), or a death in the immediate family, or representing New Zealand in a cultural, sporting, educational or scientific event.

Fieldwork: What can you expect?

You must attend a Health and Safety briefing before you go on any departmental field trip. For field work in general, you must be fit and physically agile/ able enough to walk unaided for some kilometres on rough ground which may include narrow tracks, gravel banks, river beds and rocky shores - all typical of New Zealand outdoors. You must have appropriate personal field equipment, including warm waterproof clothing and boots suitable for repeated wetting including stream crossings up to knee deep. If you seek more details in advance of the start of classes, please contact the teaching staff. More information is generally available on Blackboard.

2017 Field school costs

The costs of field work, other than food, are covered by course fees; thus there is no charge for transport or accommodation. Students pay for or bring their own food for one day trips. Trips longer than a day have a compulsory charge for food and drink. The approximate food and drink cost for most field trips is $20/full day. Some trips have a pre-determined fixed cost, these are listed below:

  • GEOL252 Field Studies and New Zealand Geology (SS or S1) two 5-6 day field trips, total cost $170.
  • GEOL344 Advanced Field Studies: Pounawea and Swinburn camps, total cost $250


Payment must be made by cash/eftpos to the cashiers office (basement in registry building) or by electronic bank transfer (instructions below) by the 30th January in same year as the field class.  You will be reminded of this when accepted onto these papers.

Payment details
Bank ANZ
Account name University of Otago
Account Number 060901 0001203 00  

IMPORTANT: In the particulars fields please enter the following details so we can track your payment

Paper code (e.g. GEOL252) Your lastname Your firstname or initials

Cancellation policy

We require at least two weeks notice, prior to the start of the field trip, of any cancellation. Students that cancel within two weeks will be required to pay for the trip and no refund will be given (except in exceptional circumstances).