Create stunning feature fireplaces - inside or outdoors - using natural Paradise Stone. 

There is a very wide range of finished ‘looks’ depending up what construction style is used, from dry stacking, variable width joints between the stones to bagged or rendered finishes. Add to this mortar colour and if the mortar is left flush or raked.

Technically a sedimentary limestone, each line that is clearly displayed in the stone, is essentially a new layer of ‘what was once ocean floor’ 30 million years ago when all of Whangarei was a giant tropical lagoon. Visible within the stone are individual particles comprising of tiny fragments of ancient coral, mollusc and crustacean shell compacted down layer by layer forming the seabed.

It is the very distinct sedimentary lines and natural colours that create the texture and finish which separates Northland Oceanic Schist from any commercially quarried stone available in New Zealand or indeed anywhere else in the world. The stone is predominately a bluey-grey colour, with the balance of the stone featuring earthy colours ranging from bronze tones and sandy browns, occasional white faces to slightly greener highlights.

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Paradise Quarry is the North Islands premier boutique quarry for Northland Oceanic Schist.  Operating for more than 30 years, our quarry occupies ten acres and sits within 140 acres of stunning rolling pastoral land over-looking the water and Whangarei city.

Our stone is predominately a bluey-grey colour, with the balance of the stone featuring earthy colours ranging from bronze tones and sandy browns, occasional white faces to slightly greener highlights. For any project, the result is a beautiful blend of all-natural colours providing visual balance through subtle contrast and variable textures. 

The ability to achieve such natural, unique and stunning outcomes has resulted in Paradise Quarry stone being the stone of choice for many of the North Island’s premier projects.

Public Buildings

The physical practicality of using stone in buildings and structures is important. Paradise Stone requires no maintenance, is durable and ages extremely well. Examples are:
– Whangarei Court Building
– Waitakere Council Japanese Gardens

Private Developments

Natural stone holds an outstanding position among all building materials. It is three dimensional, varied and is attractively priced.

The full range of Paradise Stone has been used for indoor and outdoor structural features and landscape designs in private residences, Resorts, Golf Clubs, Vineyards, Luxury Lodges and Commercial Buildings throughout New Zealand.

Significant Sites

For sites where environmental compatibility is paramount the combination of the colours, texture and beauty of the stone ensured integration into the natural surroundings. Examples are:
– Cape Reinga
– Gibbs Farm
– Orewa Foreshore