Invercargill

Invercargill map

Geological Summary

The city of Invercargill is built upon Early to Late Quaternary alluvial and swamp sediment that overlie Oligocene to Pliocene sedimentary rock. The hills around Bluff are formed of mafic to ultramafic igneous rock of Permian age.

Maps and Information

There are no geological mapping projects underway or imminent in the Invercargill area. Previously completed maps include:

2003/2018: QMAP 1:250 000 geological map

For wider and more generalised geological context of the Invercargill area, a 1:250 000 geological map was printed with an accompanying an explanatory text. Digital GIS and image versions of the map are available on DVD. The digital version has since been updated in a national GIS dataset at that nominal scale. The underlying GIS datasets have rich feature attributes.

  • Turnbull, I.M., Allibone, A.H. (compilers) 2003. Geology of the Murihiku area. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences 1:250 000 geological map 20. Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited. 74 p. + 1 sheet.
  • Heron, D.W. (custodian) 2018. Geological Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science geological map 1 (2nd edition). Lower Hutt, New Zealand. GNS Science.

A geological map image can be downloaded or interrogated through the geological map application. For GIS users, the QMAP geological feature layers can be downloaded from GNS Science’s Web Map/Feature Service.

2001: Unpublished 1:50 000 geological map of Invercargill City
  • A geological map was prepared by GNS Science for Invercargill City Council (Thomas & Turnbull 2001).

For GIS users, the layer NZL-Urban Invercargill geological units can be downloaded from GNS Science’s Web Map Service.