Arrange a cremation

Find out how to make a booking, what documents to send in, and how we can help you.


Organise a cremation service

Make a reservation

Contact our Cemeteries Administrator at Karori Cemetery as soon as possible to check availability of dates and times. A provisional booking will be made for you.




Cremations take place Monday to Friday, between 8am and 4.15pm.

Special arrangements can be made outside these hours and for weekends and public holidays, but additional costs apply. 


Apply for a cremation

The cremation application form collects the details of:

  • the person applying for a cremation, and what their relationship is to the deceased
  • the deceased person, and their beliefs.

Return to the Karori Cemetery office at least 24 hours before the scheduled cremation time.

Book a cremation 

On the booking form, specify the time and type of service you want. The Karori Cemetery office needs to receive this form at least 24 hours before the scheduled cremation time.

Complete the cremation booking form (47KB PDF)

Other forms to complete

Return the following two forms to the Karori Cemetery office at least 4 hours before the scheduled cremation. Our staff can help you with these:

Other services

If you need any other services in addition to the cremation, note them on the Cremation booking form.

Book a chapel:

If you wish to hold a service, there are two chapels available at Karori. For more information, see: Karori Cemetery - Chapels

Buy a plot for the scattering or interment of ashes:

Find out the different options available at Karori and Makara cemeteries: Purchase a plot

The options for what you wish to happen to the ashes are detailed in: Ashes


Casket specifications

The Crematorium must approve the casket before cremation. Caskets must be made of combustible material and the contents must meet with Crematorium guidelines to ensure safety and environmental responsibility. Talk to Cemetery staff about casket choices.


Cremation without chapel service

If there is to be no chapel service, caskets must be delivered to the Crematorium entrance. A technician will open the entrance 10 minutes before the scheduled cremation and wait for the casket.


Cremation certificate

Certificates of Cremation are available any time on request, and are available 24 hours after the cremation.