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GEOL252 Borland field school

The Borland field school is one of two compulsory field trips for the paper GEOL252: Field Studies and NZ Geology

Important details for the Borland field school
(Semester 1)

Dates for this field school are shown on the field trips page.

This is during term time so that you will miss the four teaching days before the Easter break.

There will be no 200-Level Geology classes held during that period. Other departments have been informed that Geology students will be away. We will provide a letter for you if required, requesting that other departments make notes etc. available to you for that week.

Food and accommodation

  • Staying at Borland Lodge, near Lake Monowai; RD Otautau, Southland
  • Cabin accommodation
  • Except for lunch on the first and last day, food will be provided communally; the cost is indicated on the field schools page
  • Cooks will be appointed to supervise the kitchen, plan the menu, and prepare the meals. Students will be rostered for washing-up, etc. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, allergies, etc) which you have not already told us about, please email the Geology Administrator as soon as possible at
  • Borland Lodge is administered by the Southland Youth Adventure Trust and has a resident warden. A rule of the Trust is: no alcohol allowed in the camp. As we value our good relations with the Trust, this rule will be adhered to!

What you’ll need

High-vis vest, sleeping bag; pillow; warm clothes and waterproofs; boots; map-case or similar; hand-lens; hammer; note-book and pencils; coloured pencils; ruler and protractor; calculator; lunch on Saturday; thermos flask (if desired, for hot drinks); chocolate, snacks, etc. which are not provided as part of the meals.

Borland geology

We will examine a wide range of rock types and structures, including high-grade metamorphic rocks and granites of Fiordland, Permian low-grade volcanic and plutonic rocks of the Longwoods, and Tertiary sediments of the Waiau Basin.

What is it worth?

This project will contribute 35% of the marks for GEOL 252.

Interactive map

Interactive topographic map centred on the Borland area. Zoom in/out and pan around to see other areas of New Zealand.