Parkside Quarries

Airedale Rd 5 D.R.D Weston, Oamaru
Oamaru, Otago
Parkside is the remaining source of the easily worked hard compact limestone which is an integral feature of many of Oamaru's grand buildings. The first quarry to extract the whitestone was in operation in 1862. The stone is sometimes used in combination with the more hard-wearing bluestone basalt found in many parts of the southern South Island.

Oamaru stone is popular with sculptors because it is easy to use.

The Limestone is sliced from the quarry floor by 2.3 meter tungsten tipped circular saws powered by Caterpillar excavators. Oamaru Stone is supplied sawn, split or bolstered. The massive two tonne blocks are then carted from the vast natural amphitheatre created by decades of quarrying, to the cutting shed.

The quarry can be visited on a formal tour or by signing in at the office.
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    Parkside Quarry
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    Cutting the stone
  • Cutting the Stone II
    Cutting the Stone II
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