About Karori Cemetery

Location, opening hours, who to contact after hours and a brief history.

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Contact Karori Cemetery

Phone 04 476 6109
Email cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz
Fax 04 476 8242
Street Address 76 Old Karori Road
Karori
Hours
Karori Cemetery Office

Monday – Friday
9am – 4.30pm

Cemetery grounds


Main gate 76 Old Karori Road

Monday – Sunday
Gates are open daily 7.30am – dusk

Seaforth Terrace Gate

Monday – Friday
7.30am – dusk
Seaforth Terrace gates are closed nightly at:
5.30pm April to September
8.30pm October to March

Standen Street Gate

Monday – Friday

7.30am – dusk
Seaforth Terrace gates are closed nightly at:
5.30pm April to September
8.30pm October to March

Note: Standen Street and Seaforth Terrace Gates are closed weekends and public holidays.

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.

Karori Cemetery rose garden.

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.

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: