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Windswept Tree
Trout 2A
Iron Ridge Quarry
Dandelions Flying. Raymond Herber
Chef's Delight. Deans Sunlit 1A

private garden

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park

707 Ram Paddock Rd, Amberley, Canterbury. An easy 50-minute drive north of Christchurch City.

Overview

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park is nestled against the dramatic landscape of the Waipara Valley wine region, an easy 50-minute drive north of Christchurch City. Raymond purchased the abandoned lime works in 1997, and since then the Quarry has been transformed into a magical wonderland, with Raymond's graceful, strong sculptures set against a carefully curated native garden, all under the shadow of breathtaking limestone hills.  Many artworks both large and small are on display throughout the park.

The property has been planted in native plants and trees creating a perfect setting for people to come and picnic and enjoy the artworks.

Creating the park replicates the same process Raymond goes through creating his sculptures. “It took heaps of work and heaps of time,” Raymond says. “It went on and on and on. But I really loved it. I think you have to be an eternal optimist to do something like this. There were things that were difficult, but I could always find a way of solving a problem.

The Gardener

Raymond Herber lives and works at Iron Ridge Quarry which has been carved out of the hills overlooking North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. 

Steel and stainless steel are Raymond’s medium of choice and his work encompasses small scale intimate studies of moments suspended in time, whimsical interactive and kinetic pieces as well as large scale private and public sculpture.

 

Garden Size

The Quarry itself is 13 acres.

Other Facilities

Every few years it becomes the scene-stealing venue for a mini-festival that showcases Raymond’s sculpture alongside local music, food and wine.

The workshop, which is filled with steel waiting to be transformed and pieces of machinery that look like medieval torture devices, attracts its own share of interest. (“The blokes love it,”  “They all tell Raymond how lucky he is.”) The workshop, complete with forge, adjoins a gallery space, which in turn sits next to the family’s home.

Info

  • Price
    Entry cost: $10 per person. Under 16yrs free.
  • Parking
    We have off-street parking for buses cars and coaches.
  • Wheelchair Access
    We want to add to the grounds with paths and walkways and create more of an experience for people and those in wheelchairs.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.
  • Food available?
    Complimentary tea and coffee provided. The sculpture park is great for all ages with the large gallery space available for you to take in the views and to bring your lunch, morning or afternoon tea.
  • Picnics
    It’s great to see people here, bringing picnics and enjoying what we’ve created.
  • Children allowed?
    The sculpture park is great for all ages.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have toilet facilities.
  • Seating
    We have plenty of seating indoors and outdoor.
  • Plants/Sales
    We have sculpture for sale in the indoor gallery. We have space for groups to have their lunch /morning or afternoon tea in. Complimentary tea and coffee are provided.
  • Function Center?
    Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park hosts events from time to time. Follow us on Facebook to stay informed or check the website under the events link.
  • Guided Tours
    Forging demonstration and talk on request for group bookings of 25 people or more. Iron Ridge Quarry is a perfect destination for groups and Raymond will treat larger pre-booked tours to an entertaining forging demonstration in his workshop.

Map

707 Ram Paddock Rd, Amberley, Canterbury. An easy 50-minute drive north of Christchurch City.

Proximity to airport: 50 minutes to the airport. Proximity to town: Iron Ridge Quarry is 15 minutes drive from the town of Amberley.