Meaning of Oamaru stone in English:

Oamaru stone

Pronunciation /ˈɒməruː ˌstəʊn/


mass noun
  • A type of white limestone widely used in New Zealand as a building material.

    ‘the columns and arches are made from Oamaru stone’
    • ‘In Oamaru the preservation and restoration of Oamaru stone buildings and their adaptation to new uses are of prime concern.’
    • ‘The interest in exploring Oamaru's fine buildings created in the nineteenth century from the local Oamaru stone has already been heightened by the informative pamphlets available at the Oamaru Visitor Information Centre.’
    • ‘When you go inside, the Oamaru stone blocks have come away from the wall and are loose and at unusual angles.’
    • ‘Beyond a short avenue of plane trees leading to stone pillars is a large lake carved from farmland and surrounded by beaches of golden sand created by 350 truckloads of ground Oamaru stone.’
    • ‘There's the use of Oamaru stone in the local buildings.’
    • ‘The large Oamaru stone sculpture, crafted by the renowned Bay of Plenty artist, depicts the birds heading back to their habitats after a lengthy stay in captivity.’
    • ‘Many of the estate workers lived next to the killing sheds in quarters also built of locally quarried Oamaru stone.’
    • ‘The building's exterior of granite and Central Otago bluestone, relieved by white Oamaru stone, is meticulously detailed.’
    • ‘He was thinking of just paying for a courier to take the sculptures to Auckland, but was wary as the Oamaru Stone used was quite brittle.’
    • ‘The plans include saving two interior Oamaru stone walls to create an open air relic, while leftover stones would be incorporated into a replacement church.’


Late 19th century from Oamaru, the principal town of Otago region, where the stone is quarried.