Karori Cemetery chapels

We have two chapels for hire. The main chapel seats 140 and the small 1909 heritage chapel seats 24.

Small chapel, Karori Cemetery.
Small chapel, Karori Cemetery


Chapel services normally take place Monday - Friday, between 8am and 4.15pm.

Special arrangements can be made for weekends and public holidays, however additional costs may apply.

Service options

Both chapels can be hired for half hour blocks of up to three hours. They can be used for any form of service or ceremony, but are generally used for committal services or full services.

Family or friends can appoint any person to officiate the service.

There are different options for services in the chapel. Specify your particular requirements when booking. The different options include:

  • casket lowering
  • curtains only
  • recording
  • cross covers.

Service procedures

  • Full services - the chapel opens 30 minutes before full services.
  • Committal services - the chapel opens 10 minutes before the scheduled committal.

Earlier opening times are possible, but must be specified on the booking form and approved by Cemetery staff.

Support staff

The Cemetery's Chapel Attendant is available to help with set up and some aspects of the service, and is present throughout. Indicate your specific wishes on the booking form and discuss with your funeral director.

Make a chapel booking

Complete and return your booking form to the Cemetery office at least 24 hours before the scheduled chapel service.

About Karori Cemetery

Cremation service

To hire a chapel to accompany a cremation, show this on the same form you use to book the cremation.

Burial or ash interment

To hire a chapel in relation to a casket or ash interment, or for any other reason, complete the chapel section on the Sundry Booking Form:

Booking confirmation

Once the documentation is complete and the booking confirmed, you will receive a Customer Booking Summary. It sets out the details of the services and facilities required for your booking.

Earthquake strengthening of chapels and crematorium

The Karori Cemetery chapels and crematorium were earthquake strengthened from March to October 2016. Find out more in our Earthquake strengthening projects section.

Brief history of the small chapel

The small chapel was designed by William Hobbard Morton, the City Engineer. It is well known for its intimate ambience and world-class stained glass windows.

There are six stained glass windows in the small chapel, five were designed and built in the An Tur Gloine (Tower of Glass) factory in Dublin. The windows were made over a period of 25 years by artists Wilhelmina Geddes and Michael Healy.

The windows were commissioned by an English-born Wellington resident, William Ferguson, in memory of his family.

The Sixth Stained Glass Window is dedicated to the memory of James Grant MacRae and Percival Rupert Parr, the window was commissioned by the late Mrs Christina Mowat (nee Leel) MacRae in 1939.