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Accommodation and food

We will be staying in motels and backpackers in different, pre-booked places. Accommodation will be in 2 to 6 beds units (varies from place to place). There will be places where towels and linen are provided but also places where you have to use your own one.

Food will be supplied for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be prepared by small groups assigned for a single day in a rotational manner. 

Washing will be arranged in on-site laundries.

Along the road there will be access to supermarket, telephone, post office or pharmacies. 


Transportation will be arranged in Toyota minivans with one larger trailer. Larger luggage will be stored in the trailer, while hand luggage can be on board in the vans. Please choose backpacks or strong luggage that can be transported in the closed trailers without damaging your gear. Electricity, internet, mobile network New Zealand uses 220 volt electricity with a 3 pin plug. Upon your arrival you can get a converter in major airports or tourist shops to get ready for charging your electric gears.

Electrical equipment and cellphones

Note the voltage difference between US and New Zealand, and check that your equipment can handle the difference without damage.

If you need mobile phone access or data usage, please consider subscribing to a pre-paid package upon your arrival to New Zealand. It is not too expensive and there is many way to recharge it en-route. 3G and 4G coverage is extensive in New Zealand, but on the West Coast of the South Island we can be cut off from civilization.If you have a handheld GPS, that is handy during field work.

Gear List

The following is a list of the minimum gear that you will require to complete the field course in the New Zealand. You may also have additional personal requirements but remember that space is limited.


  • summer clothes suitable for the hills
  • towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • toilet gea
  • parka for rain and wind,
  • sun hat
  • swimming gear
  • money
  • sunscreen and lip salve
  • sunglasses
  • torch
  • water bottle and lunch box
  • camera
  • book for wet days
  • six clothes pegs
  • tramping boots – comfortable with good ankle support
  • One set of warm clothes (jersey, shirt, long trousers, thermals – we can run into extreme mountain weather conditions)
  • overtrousers
  • small first aid kit (own medication plus insect repellent (Westcoast is famous for small New Zealand insects called sandflies that leave an itchy bite on the skin), plasters, paracetamol, etc).


  • field note book (waterproof paper if possible)
  • metric tape or ruler (min. 2m)
  • geological hammer
  • hand lens
  • felt tip pens (indelible)
  • pencils, pens
  • rubber
  • coloured pencils
  • ruler
  • fine black marker
  • pen
  • protractor and set square
  • writing or lecture pad to write your reports
  • small back pack (day pack)
  • clip board (double leaf fold out type is best)
  • several plastic bags (~15) for samples/fossils
  • pocket knife or similar for field use.
  • chinagraph pencils (1-2 colours)
  • if possible - graph paper (20 sheets)
  • tracing paper (20 sheets, or roll of non-waxed lunchwrap).
  • stapler and staples
  • calculator
  • drawing pins
  • medium sized safety pins (2)
  • If you have your own geological compass that would be a bonus to have it in the field.

Important Note

The New Zealand weather is changeable and we will not always be able to reschedule for wet days so it is essential that everyone has adequate wet weather/cool climate equipment. Remember however, that space will be limited in vehicles and in the places we stay, so it is important that you keep your gear to a minimum in a pack or case that you can manage. We will take all gear with us. Holding storage will not be available on our one-way journey. If you are unsure of what to bring, ask us.

There will be laundries available.

What we provide

  • base maps
  • aerial photos
  • drafting paper
  • a small library of geology references (paleontology, structural geology)
  • 100 and 50 m tape
  • Jacob's staff, and field compasses
  • well-stocked first-aid kits
  • stereonets, compasses and acid bottles will be supplied in limited numbers.

Health and Safety

You will be working in steep terrain, sandy and rocky beach sites, deep lakes, fast rivers, active volcanoes, geothermal areas as well as boulder streams. We will take every care to explain and minimise risks but you will also be expected to take reasonable precautions over your own personal safety in the field.  You will be provided with a safety booklet prior to commencing work. Please ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance.

Personal Health

If you have any health issues such as allergies (e.g. bee and wasp stings) then you must let us know. You will be expected to bring all medication you need and advise us accordingly (no meds, no go as you will be in a relatively isolated area some distance from medical facilities). Please also inform us of any special dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, etc), otherwise we will assume that you are omnivorous.

Email or call Dr Karoly Nemeth (contact on 027-479-1484)

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