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Kerikeri stone store

Kerikeri stone store

The Kerikeri stone store in the Bay of Islands is the oldest surviving stone building in New Zealand. Built between 1832 and 1836, its walls are made of basalt lava from the bed of the Kerikeri River. The arches, quoins and keystones were made of imported Sydney sandstone, which was much easier to dress than Kerikeri basalt.

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Stone buildings in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, published 12 Jun 2006