Taranaki branch

The Taranaki Geological Society is based in New Plymouth and is a branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.  Taranaki Geological Society celebrated 40 years of operation in 2019.  

Membership consists mainly of enthusiastic amateurs and professionals.  Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in finding out more about geology and earth history in Taranaki, New Zealand and beyond. 

As a GSNZ member, wherever you live, you are welcome to attend Taranaki branch meetings and trips.


Regular meetings are held monthly, February to December inclusive, on the first Monday of each month at 7:30pm


TSB Community Trust Rooms, 21 Dawson Street, New Plymouth. 

Meetings usually involve lectures from specialists in geology-related fields or similar science fields, with December being Travellers' Tales from members, or a quiz night. 

A monthly Newsletter is emailed to members, giving information on upcoming meetings, field trips and events.  Books and maps are available to borrow from the TGS library. 

Field trips of half or one-day duration are organised to interesting local and regional sites, with multi-day trips further afield.

For further information contact Diane Toole.

Next Meeting

Monday, 2 November come and hear Dr Mike Johnston talking about the Boulder Bank.


Field Trip

Saturday 24 - Monday 26 October (Labour weekend)

A road trip to get an overview of the late Pliocene – early Pliestocene  volcanic centers from Waikawau to south of Port Waikato.

We'll be leaving New Plymouth at around 8am Saturday, 24 October and return Monday late afternoon.

For more information please contact Mark Robbins.