About Karori Cemetery

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

Location map.



Contact Karori Cemetery

Phone (04) 476 6109
Email cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz
Fax (04) 476 8242
Street Address 76 Old Karori Road
Karori Cemetery Office
Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm
Cemetery grounds
Monday – Sunday Gates are open 7.30am – dusk

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: