Story: Building stone

Ignimbrite quarry

Ignimbrite quarry

Sheets of ignimbrite cover large areas in the centre of the North Island. This stone quarry at Hinuera is one of the largest in New Zealand. The ignimbrite is soft enough to be sawed, and is cut into blocks of different sizes. It is marketed as Hinuera stone, and mainly used for cladding or decorative stone walls.

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Photograph by Bruce Hayward

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Types of building stone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8074/ignimbrite-quarry (accessed 24 February 2020)

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