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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. It was built by stonemasons between 1832 and 1836, with walls 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 for masons to dress than Kerikeri basalt.

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Stonemasons and bricklayers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010