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Home of Ōamaru stone

Tour a fully operational New Zealand limestone quarry

Taking approximately one hour, your guide Judy Mitchell-Oats, a 5th generation family member to be involved with the quarry, will take you through the massive open-air quarries and factory areas to experience where Ōamaru limestone has been mined for over a century.

The Quarry

New Zealand Limestone quarry tour

In the early days, limestone quarry blocks were extracted by men using hand tools such as axes and chisels. For those men, it would be a successful day if they extracted 2 x 2T blocks in a day, now on the days we extract stone, we expect to cut 600 blocks in a good day.

We have some old equipment still on site at the quarry as well as an impressive collection of heavy machinery and a state of the art 5-axis CNC machine – the largest in the country.