About Karori Cemetery

Contact details, opening hours, location and a brief history of New Zealand's second largest burial ground.

Karori Cemetery rose garden.

Opening hours

Karori Cemetery office

Weekdays: 9am–4.30pm
Weekends: Closed

Cemetery grounds

Main gate, 76 Old Karori Road

Daily: 7.30am–dusk

Seaforth Terrace gate

Weekdays: 7.30am–dusk
Weekends and public holidays: Closed

Note: Gate closes 5.30pm April–September, and 8.30pm October–March

Standen Street gate

Weekdays: 7.30am–dusk
Weekends and public holidays: Closed

Note: Gate closes 5.30pm April–September, and 8.30pm October–March

24 hours' notice required

The Karori Cemetery office needs all your documentation at least 24 hours before casket burials, ash interments, cremations, chapel services and ash scatterings.

After hours bookings

You can make a provisional booking by leaving a message on the Karori Cemetery's answer service.

You still need to send in the relevant documents to confirm your phone booking.

Brief history

Karori Cemetery is New Zealand's second largest burial ground, covering nearly 40 hectares. It was the final resting place of about 83,000 people. Today, it is a wealth of Wellington history and a peaceful place to visit.

The cemetery was established in 1891 to replace the overcrowded Bolton Street Cemetery. The cemetery filled quickly and by the 1950s had nearly reached maximum capacity. Makara Cemetery became Wellington's principal cemetery in 1965. The only plots available now at Karori Cemetery are pre-purchased ash or family plots, and children's plots.

Karori Cemetery's crematorium was New Zealand's first crematorium and is the oldest in Australasia, opening in 1909. It carries out about 450 cremations a year.

Due to the condition of some of the memorials and monuments in the cemetery, children should be supervised at all times.

You can search some cemetery records either online using our cemeteries search tool or in person at the Karori Cemetery office.

Walks in Karori Cemetery

There are two heritage trails in Karori Cemetery:

Contact details

Phone: 04 476 6109

Email: cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz

Fax: 04 476 8242

Street address: 76 Old Karori Road