Help us to celebrate International Fossil Day

The weekend of October 14th is International Fossil Day*. To help celebrate this event, the Wellington Branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand is organising a fossil finding trip to southern Wairarapa.

The trip is free and is open to the public.

On this trip, you will have the opportunity to find fossils of 10-million-year-old shellfish and, if you are lucky, whale bones. At the same time, you will learn about the subtropical sea that covered central New Zealand and southern Wairarapa’s ‘Aorangi Island’.

When: Saturday 14th October Where: Meet in southern Wairarapa

Register: Registration is essential; places are limited. To register, email:

Trip leaders: James Crampton (GNS Science and Victoria University) Scott Nodder (NIWA)

Participants will be responsible for getting themselves to and from southern Wairarapa, and for all food and refreshments. Driving time is about two hours each way from Wellington. Details of meeting place and time available upon registration.

*See the International Palaeontological Association website: