Quarries over Time

1800's 

Rocky point (garlands Quarry) was used in early Christchurch buildings such as the old university. This site is now Port Hills Road and occupied by housing.  

1885

A quarry was situated on McCormacks Bay Road. The rock was used for a seawall in Sumner, and crushed rock was used in asphalt to make roads. 

1903

Halswell Quarry provided stone used in many Christchurch landmarks such as the sign of the Takaha, the Robert McDougal Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum. 

1918

A shingle pit was located near the Armagh Street Bridge and stretched all the way to North Hagley Park. 

1930's

The Giants Causeway Quarry in Rapaki produced a large amount of stone used in buildings such as the Christchurch Cathedral and the Public Trust Building.  

1954

Some of the Halswells Quarry was converted into residential land in 1954. It is rumoured that this 32 section development was sold to help fund Queen Elizabeth 11 visit to the city.  

1960's

Lake Bryndwr was a former quarry, near the corner of Wairakei and Breens Road. This is now residential housing. 

1980's

Pound Road, Templeton Quarry is established in the 80's. 

2008

Miners Road Quarry, Templeton is established in 2008. 

2014

Roberts Road Quarry, Islington is established in 2014. 

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