Wellington City Council operates two cemeteries, at Karori and Makara. There is a crematorium and two chapels at Karori Cemetery, and an urupā at Makara Cemetery. Bolton Street Cemetery is closed for burial and is managed as a public garden.

Search cemetery records

The Council's cemetery and crematorium records can be viewed online.

Karori Cemetery

Karori Cemetery is New Zealand's second largest burial ground, covering 40 hectares. Over 83,000 peo...

Makara Cemetery

Makara Cemetery, set on 84 hectares of semi-rural land in the Makara Valley, is Wellington's princip...

Tawa Flat Cemetery

Some of Tawa’s pioneer settler families are buried in this historic cemetery.


    Burials are available at both Karori and Makara Cemeteries. Find out about how to make a reservation...

      Cemetery memorials

      A memorial placement can be authorised by the owner of the Exclusive Right of Interment or, if the o...


        Cremations take place at the Karori Crematorium, Monday to Friday.

        Purchase a plot

        You can apply to buy a plot for a burial or to scatter ashes.

          Work permits

          Some tasks in the cemeteries can be done by external contractors. Before they can start any work the...

            For more information about cemeteries in Wellington, you can contact the Cemetery Office during business hours on (04) 4766 109 or cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz.

            Note: There are some private cemeteries in the Wellington area.