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Finding Stonemasons in Wellington: Stone Work Experts

You don’t have to go far to find some beautiful stone work in and around Wellington. The National War Museum, including the Hall of Memories was constructed early last century by expert stonemasons and other highlights of excellent building works built from stone include Samuel Hall and Cummings House. There’s even stonework to observe out at the Wellington Zoo.

Finding a stonemason to complete your stone works projects in the Windy City of the North Island, whether it’s in Churton Park or Mt Cook, needn’t be a difficult task. Follow this guide to learn more about what these tradespeople can do for you and how you can find them.

What does a stonemason do?

Stonemasons, also known by their Maori name Pouwhakanao Kōhatu are experienced with conducting building works with stone and rocks. They can cut specified stones and rocks to size, and use them to create walls, fences, paths, pools, fireplaces and chimney and columns. They are known for having an eye for detail, able to shape a jigsaw out of stone and set it in place with concrete or masonry.

These tradesmen can work with all sorts of stone and rock materials, including volcanic rock, sandstone, slate, granite, limestone, schist and rubble.

They can also repair and restore existing stone work including cracks and masonry.

What sort of experience should my tradie have?

Your stonemason should have a least a few years’ experience under their belt. Some may study at Otago Polytechnic to complete their National Certificate in Masonry over the course of a year, although it is not required.

Most stonemasons do not have any formal qualifications, they have simply gained experience in the trade, working under more experienced people. It is often a family trade, or one that a builder has gone on to specialize in.

An apprentice who is starting out in stonemasonry must be supervised by a suitably experienced offsider, as the safety implications of working with heavy stone must be considered at all times.

How much should my job cost?

This all depends on how large your job is and how much your materials are for construction. Different types of stone cost different amounts. Limestone, for instance, is cheaper by size than granite. A block of 150mm of Oamaru stone will be priced around $70, Hinuera stone is around $90 per metre and Central Otago schist comes in at around $400 per metre. Discuss the cost of materials with your stonemason: they should be able to help you with sourcing stone if you haven’t already bought it.

They may also use other materials like concrete which will have to be built in to the cost. Labour costs for and apprentice stonemason will be from around $15/hour base rate, whereas experienced offsiders will be around $30/hour, and principal stonemasons will be upwards of that.

How do I find the right stonemason?

In order to find the right stonemason in Wellington, you need to have a well thought out advertisement up on Builderscrack. Your ad should contain a detailed description of the job you need done, any materials you’ve already purchased, a picture of the area if necessary, and an expected timeframe for completion. Make sure that the title of your advertisement accurately and fully explains the job for best results.

Once your job has been posted, kick back and wait for the workers to start contacting you.

Latest stone masonry articles

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering stone masonry related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. E

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5 Steps to Transform Your Landscaping Dreams into a Backyard Reality

Posted 25/02/20

We take you through the steps of turning your landscaping dreams into a reality.  Adding value to your property doesn’t have to stop at the back door - and with the rise in popularity of ‘indoor-outdoor flow’, backyards have become quite the asset.  We’ve done the hard ‘yards’ for you and

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Stonemason Professionals - what do they do?

Posted 05/11/10

A Stonemason specialises in working with stone, from carving headstones to creating decorative finials. Masonry is an old art form with early humans putting stones together to make homes, which was followed by decorative stonework. A Stonemason creates functional yet beautiful work which is c

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. E

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5 Steps to Transform Your Landscaping Dreams into a Backyard Reality

Posted 25/02/20

We take you through the steps of turning your landscaping dreams into a reality.  Adding value to your property doesn’t have to stop at the back door - and with the rise in popularity of ‘indoor-outdoor flow’, backyards have become quite the asset.  We’ve done the hard ‘yards’ for you and

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Stonemason Professionals - what do they do?

Posted 05/11/10

A Stonemason specialises in working with stone, from carving headstones to creating decorative finials. Masonry is an old art form with early humans putting stones together to make homes, which was followed by decorative stonework. A Stonemason creates functional yet beautiful work which is c

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Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Stonemasons on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Retaining wall - 3m high x 6m wide

Posted 5 days ago

A wall to retain a slipping bank. Partly retained with stone already but open to alternatives. Excellent digger access from the road. I can provide photos.

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Polishing

Posted 5 months ago

Hello I borrowed a small side table from a friend And have accidentally damaged the stonework it looks like marble but I suspect it is something with less integrity, I’m looking for somebody with the tools to hopefully polish and repair...small job, can post a photo and I can come to you.

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Brick wall

Posted 2 years ago

Internal brick wall the mortar is disintegrating needs replacing

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Masonary Restoration

Posted 10 months ago

Repair work in a front porch where brick work has moved due to a large plant weighing on the porch leaving a gap between wood & brick work. The gap needs filling from top to bottom as per photo.

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Restoration of two stone garden walls to match a third stucco stone wall

Posted 1 year ago

As you can see by the photos this is a significant restoration of a back garden. Two stone walls need gravel/stucco sprayed on them to match the third wall There is minor repair work to the stone walls along with a small gap (20cm) between two stone walls that needs filling.

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Stone wall extension

Posted 10 months ago

We have a small area approx 1.5meters on our drive that I would like to extend our existing stone wall to hold back a crumbling wall and garden. There is also an unused pipe to be removed. We have some existing stones. It is on council land, but needs to be done. We will then redo our driveway once this work complete. If this is done well we could have some more work around the back of our property at a later date.

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Stone wall needed

Posted 2 years ago

We need a stone wall built to hide a retaining wall made with broken blocks of concrete. It is about a five meters long and perhaps 1.5 meters high at highest point.

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Stone retaining wall

Posted 2 years ago

Rebuild a stone retaining wall, to connect and match existing. Its approx.1-1.2 high, and 2.8-3m length. It has some existing reinforcing rods which will need cutting/fixing. We have kept the stone from the wall prior to demo so stone required to complete this.

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Repairs to stone wall

Posted 1 year ago

Part of existing stone wall (about 2 metres by 1 metre portion) damaged by movement of large gum tree. Removal of damaged section required , no replacement necessary. Stone wall quite solid and will probably need mechanical equipment!

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Driveway repair

Posted 1 year ago

I need part of a concrete wall of a driveway repaired as there has been some subsidence on the downhill side of driveway , very slight slope. Wall only needs to be no more than a third of a metre high. I'd prefer to have it replaced with stonewall.

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Honing & sealing verticle blocks 2

Posted 2 years ago

We require someone to hone & seal verticl blocks, 10m2 of 10.1 series blocks on a new build Thanks Margaret

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WIlton Retaining wall section repair

Posted 2 years ago

Section of old concrete retaining wall on pathway has collapsed. Earth bank needs cutting back in preparation for new retaining wall approx 3m in length x 0.8m maximum height.

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Approx 4sqm schist stone cladding on exterior wall

Posted 9 months ago

Have just had a wall installed and I’m looking for approx 4sqm of linear schist stone cladding to be installed on the outer facing between two doors.

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Build a retaining wall

Posted 4 days ago

the clay crunched and slipped. The job includes: 1. clean up and remove all clay that slipped 2. build a concrete masonry retaining wall feel free to contact me and review the engineer's drawing

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Large Retaining wall - new build

Posted 2 years ago

We need to do a retaining wall using the Firth Keystone blocks. The wall is around 20 meters and of varying heights. Need someone who has previously done these types of retaining walls.

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Fireplace hearth and wall #2

Posted 1 year ago

Complete stone hearth and wall

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Joy gaisford

Posted 2 years ago

I need someone to paint a fence and concrete over an existing small brick wall

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Honing & sealing verticle blocks

Posted 2 years ago

We require someone to hone & seal verticl blocks, 10m2 of 10.1 series blocks on a new build Thanks Margaret

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SAFE AND SAFTY REPORT BUILDER REPORT ASAP

Posted 2 years ago

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Rear section

Posted 1 year ago

Either repair or replace existing rock retaining walls. Current rocks are shattering/rotting. Runs the full length of back of property on 2 levels and down sides of half of property. Ranges in height and has fences on top. Open to ideas

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Find Stonemasons in Wellington

Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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Inoutside

Joined August 2015

Hi, I do painting, plastering, landscaping and building maintenance. I am mostly based in Wellington and sometimes in Westport, servicing the top half of the South Island. Free quotes and charge out hourly rates for smaller jobs. Quality and excellent finishes is our style! Fixed prices for straight forward jobs. Estimates capped at 30% for more unclear jobs (ie excavation). I h...

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Robert Logan Landscaping

Joined May 2018

Hi, We have been Landscaping in the greater Wellington area for 25yrs.We specialise in Solid Landscaping eg, concrete driveways,fencing ,retaining walls, decks ,excavations, etc.We are a small hardworking team with high standards.

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stevefixit

Joined July 2010

Hi, I've been in the building trade now for approx 20 years. I was a master painter by trade originally but liked the idea of making things so I went into the carpentry trade and qualified. My expertise is designing and building decks, fences and smaller jobs. I prefer the one to one personal touch. I don't enjoy the bigger commercial side of works as much. I have many, many pictures of w...

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Tile Designer

Joined November 2010

Tile Designer is a quality tile installation business, and we have been in Wellington since 2005. We advice on design and tile installations for both external and internal. Tile Designer provides a full-service: Design, Tile installation, Waterproofing, Floor preparation, Underfloor Heating System Our goal is to provide the best service with guarantees on the work pr...

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T Patterson builder

Joined August 2009

Straight from school and into carpentry. With 25 years in the trade and an eye for detail, you won't find anyone better. Check out some of my work at Tristan Patterson Builders on Facebook.

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Skinner n Skinner building company

Joined September 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in wellington for the last 15 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of wellington. While we specialize in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We prid...

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Zepo Property Maintenance

Joined December 2011

Zepo property maintenanceprovides a personalised service for home, rental and commercial property maintenance. *General property maintenance *Paint Stipping & Repainting Houses *Roof Repairs & Painting *Small Building work *Tiling/Certified in Wet area Waterproofing *Plastering Gibing & Painting *Concrete placement and repairs *Landscaping and ground work *Complete renovation for Sale &...

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M10 Services Limited

Joined January 2019

Good day, We are an expanding company operating in the Wellington region for over 3 years, We manage new builds/ renovations working with a extended team of trusted and proven sub contractors to deliver projects start to completion. The team has a personal investment and do good attitude inside and outside of the work uniforms and hours. Our completed projects have been performance and quality...

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Redefine Renovations and Construction Ltd

Joined February 2013

Hello We are highly skilled team of carpenters and apprentices, with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the building trade. While we specialise in alterations and additions, we can help with all aspects of your project With my considerable project management skills, projects are completed efficiently, whilst ensuring the work is completed to the highest quality. We can take y...

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Horton Landscapes Limited

Joined October 2019

We have been landscaping in the film world and private homes for 20 years. We can design & build. There is not much we can't do. We are a family owned and operated business so you will be well taken care of.

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Kitchen Cabinets and Stones

Joined November 2020

Kitchen Cabinets and Stones is a premium manufacturer, supplier and installer of top quality European Kitset Kitchens, Kitchenettes, modular flat packed Kitchen Cabinets and Accessories, having showrooms in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. Our aim is to provide a quick, easy and budget friendly solution to building a new Kitchen. From complete new kitche...

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City Works

Joined November 2017

Hi City Works specialize in residential landscape design and construction. We have a small team of skilled staff to complete your landscapin­g needs in profession­al manner. We love working outdoors. Build fences, retaining walls, driveways, dig' outs, pathways. Work to enhance your property install synthetic/artificial lawn, ready lawn, paving and tiling Can accommodat­e jobs both big a...

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MTC works

Joined November 2018

Hi I have just started this company and am looking for the opportunity to get a few jobs under way to show my experience and workmsnship. I have a baeckground in the building and civil industry with works in the comstruction and concrete. If you are intested in a quote please feel free to give me a call ...

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RBS Commercial & Residential Contractors

Joined November 2013

we are local wellington contracting company specializing in commercial and residential building, painting and plastering. From small jobs to the big jobs we have the team. Project management, shop fit out, Bathroom & Kitchen renovations , Commercial & Residential Painting & Decorating, Remedial Maintenance, Roof inspection, rectification, Asbestos removal & Incapsulation, House Alterations, Fencin...

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Whisk Renovators

Joined February 2009

Whisk Renovators is a renovations company, providing innovative solutions to Kitchen and bathroom consenting, design and build projects. Whisk services the greater Wellington region in both the residential and commercial sectors. Whisk has been a member of New Zealand Master Painters since 2009, providing quality service and workmanship guarantees to our Clients. We won National awards in ......

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total tile solutions

Joined April 2015

hi, i've been in the tiling industry since 1997 and have extensive experience in all areas of tiling and natural stone, most recently for a bathroom renovation company. I'm a certified waterproofer for ardex and mapei products. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks Hayden

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Underground Landshaping

Joined November 2020

I Specialise in all types of concrete, from driveways to curb and Channels, modernising outdoor living areas with advanced technology, such as LED lighting controlled by you anywhere in the world to virtual driving ranges. Retaining walls, aggregate driveways and all jobs that involve moving loose materials, I am currently operating by myself but have people on hand if they are required....

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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With nearly 20 years of experience in New Zealand, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer based in Christchurch and a Producer Statement Author for Auckland City Council. I have a broad experience in structural design and site investigation from new build to alteration, and seismic or earthquake assessment of existing structures. These structures vary from residential, commercial, school, and pub...

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JK Project Management

Joined June 2012

JK Project Management looks after all the trades on your projects to give you one simple point of contact. Renovating? Full build? Landscaping? - Let us sort the builder, sparky, plumber etc. As well as offering Project Management, we also offer Excavation works, Driveways, home handyman, rubbish removal, tiling, plastering, painting from all the trades on our books. Having so many trades on...

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McCurley Masonry

Joined October 2016

I am a professional of 16years and am LBP qualified for any work in the brick and block industry. I work with a team of 3 men so we can get jobs done in a timely manner

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