Stone – 30 million years in the making
Zealand’s human history began some eight hundred years
ago, but the skeleton of the land we live in was formed over
thirty million years ago. And it certainly looked a lot differently
to the way it looks now.
the last Ice Age melted the rising waters formed what is now
Whangarei harbour. The harbour was once a tropical lagoonal
basin, surrounded by a hinterland cloaked in primeval forest.
Once part of the ocean floor, fragments of ancient coral,
crustacean and mollusc shells have been captured within the
stone. Some of the best examples of this stone can be found
in a place aptly known as Paradise – just ten minutes
south of Whangarei.
Paradise Quarry is a boutique quarry that lies in Portland.
It produces Paradise Stone, a unique, extremely beautiful
and very popular high-grade limestone. The quarry occupies
ten acres and sits within 170 acres of stunning rolling pastoral
land over-looking the water and Whangarei city. An area of
the property was entrusted to the Queen Elizabeth 11 National
Trust to preserve the outstanding examples of Paradise Stone
in their naturally exposed and weathered form.
the unique appearance and timeless texture that sets
Paradise Stone apart. Because the colour and texture
is unlike any other stone in the country, and unique
to the area, Paradise Stone becomes not just part of
a landscape project but, more often than not, the focal
point of the design.
stone from Paradise is now an integral part of prestigious
landscape and building projects throughout the north
island of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
our lives move faster and our surroundings become more
virtual, the stone from Paradise Quarry takes us back
to a time when things were real and changes happened
very, very slowly. It does prove the point that good
things really do take time – in the case of the
stone from Paradise…….around thirty million