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Field trips in the Department of Geology

Field school dates in teaching period / chronological order

New international students taking GEOL344 or GEOL252 will need to make sure they arrive in New Zealand prior to this field trip and attend an international orientation seminar the previous week in order to complete the declaration. For more information, please contact:


  • GEOL 344 Advanced Field Studies – Pounawea (7–10 February 2023)
    Note: We will be in Dunedin overnight on 10 February
  • GEOL 344 Advanced Field Studies – Maerewhenua (11–20 February 2023)
    Note: Compulsory first-aid course organised by Geology will be delivered on 11 February during the field school
  • GEOL 252 Introduction to field mapping Maerewhenua (21–26 February 2023)
    Note: The pre-field school meeting is at 2pm, 20 February 2023

First Semester begins just after the February field schools.

Mid-semester break starts just after the Borland field school.

If you can’t find what you need please contact the Geology administrator.
Tel +64 3 749 7519

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.

GEOL 252 Summer Field School gear list (PDF)

GEOL 344 Summer Field School gear list (PDF)

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 NZD$25/full day. Some trips have a pre-determined fixed cost, these are listed below:

  • GEOL 252 Field Studies and New Zealand Geology two 5–6 day field trips, total cost – NZD$250.
  • GEOL 344 Advanced Field Studies: Two February camps, total cost – NZD$300.

Registration and payment

Payment via credit card

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).