Timaru Franchisee

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26 Arthur Street, Timaru South Canterbury 7910


03 688 2471

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Mon to Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm

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Chris and Kelly Karton and Nigel and Amy Hollamby are the proud owners of Stonewood Homes South Canterbury. Their experience in new home building is extensive. Having owned the franchise for the past 9 years and completing more than 250 homes in the region. Together with their experienced team of staff your new home build will be an easy stress free experience.

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Meet the Team


South Canterbury consists of three districts – Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate. The region offers residents and visitors a wide array of natural attractions, including Caroline Bay in Timaru – named one of New Zealand’s Top 10 beaches and Aoraki Mount Cook – New Zealand’s highest mountain. There are countless pristine rivers and lakes for swimming, kayaking or fishing and the walking/hiking/cycling trails are some of the most stunning in New Zealand. In winter, skiing, ice skating and soaking in hot poolsare the favoured activities.

South Canterbury is rich in history and has a thriving arts culture. Residents and visitors can explore the many museums, historic sitesand galleries throughout the region. Timaru’s main street and heritage buildings are famed for their Edwardian architecture, while the Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre offers guided tours to iconic Māori rock art sites and Bushtown- a replica Edwardian town in Waimate- commemorates the pioneers who milled the Totara tree forests.

There is an array of family-friendly activities throughout the region, including interactive exhibits at South Canterbury Museum, the Aigantighe Art Gallery and Chipmunks Playland. ThePleasant Point Museum and Railwayoperates steam locomotives and one of only two Model T Ford railcar replicas in the world. At the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre (CBay), patrons can enjoy the three indoor heated pools, a 50m outdoor heated pool, two hydroslides, a children’s water play area, rapid river, bombing tower and chillax area with steam, sauna and spa facilities.


South Canterbury’s economy is strongly influenced by its agricultural heritage, with dairy farming, horticultural production, cropping and sheep and beef farming prevalent in the region. It is also home to a number of manufacturing, engineering and logistics businesses including Fonterra Clandeboye and Studholme Dairy, Oceania Dairy, Holcim Cement terminal, McCain’s food processing plant, DB Mainland Breweries, NZ Light Leathers, Alliance Group Smithfield meat processing plant and Barker’s of Geraldine.

South Canterbury has an array of private and public schools, while the Ara Institute of Canterbury specialises in applied tertiary training and offers courses in business, engineering, architecture, nursing, creative arts, hospitality, computing, science, languages, outdoor education and broadcasting. Ara has six campuses in Canterbury and North Otago (three in Christchurch and one each in Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru), making it the largest tertiary institute in the South Island.

South Canterbury is an extremely affordable region to live in – the average price for a property in Timaru is $506,000 as at July 2022.


Chris Karton and Nigel and Amy Hollamby


Stonewood Homes Timaru truly is a family business, run by Amy and Nigel Hollamby and Amy’s brother Chris Karton. The trio have owned and operated Stonewood Homes Timaru for 13 years.

There is a wealth of experience among the nine staff members who work in the business, with five of them being trade qualified. Experience is the cornerstone of Stonewood Homes Timaru, with the team having built more than 370 houses in the South Canterbury area.

“Along with experience, the team is all about building quality homes for our clients and we are proud to be locally owned and operated.”
Chris Karton

Having built nine of their own homes, Amy, Nigel and Chris understand the building journey and are committed to making it a stress-free experience for their clients by managing the whole process from start to finish. Having won six Master Builders House of the Year awards, Stonewood Homes Timaru is a leader in the construction of beautifully designed modern, energy efficient homes. They are also highly respected within the Stonewood Homes family, having won Franchisee of the Year awards four times.

The trio and their team at Stonewood Homes Timaru offer a full list of services for their local clients, including knockdown rebuilds, custom builds and house and land packages.


Stonewood Homes Timaru services Timaru and surrounding areas.


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Our Awards

2022/23 Awards

Regional Franchise of the Year

Stonewood Homes South Canterbury has taken the Gold Award as well as the category win for their Timaru Showhome.  They also won a string of Silver awards at the coveted Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year Awards for the Mid & South Canterbury region

Gold Award & Category Winner – GIB Show Home Award

Silver Award – Resene New Home up to $450,000
Silver Award – Placemakers Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000
Silver Award – Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000


Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2012

Supreme House of the Year Award

Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2017

Silver Award – New Home up to $450,000
Silver Awards – Volume/Group Housing up to $450,00
Gold Award – Show Home Award
Category Winner – Show Home Award

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