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Buy a plot

Each cemetery has its own guidelines for plots. Apply to buy a plot for a burial or to scatter ashes.


Types of plots


Cost of plots


Apply to buy a plot

You can only buy a casket burial plot when there’s an immediate need for a plot.

When you buy a plot from the Council, you become the Deed Holder of the plot. You get an 'Exclusive Right of Interment' forever, which means you get the right to say who will be buried in the plot. However, you don’t own the plot land.

Terms used on the form

  • The person named in the 'Application details' is the official plot owner.
  • A 'Deed of Exclusive Right of Interment' is issued in their name.
  • The Deed Holder is the only person who can legally decide who will be buried there (by issuing a Right of Interment), and what memorials will be placed there.

Use an existing plot

If the Deed Holder dies before issuing a Right of Interment, the spouse or immediate next of kin can decide how to use the plot, as long as all interested parties agree.

Give authority to use an existing plot (54KB PDF)

Send the completed form to cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz


Transfer or change ownership

If you want to transfer or change ownership of a plot, contact the Cemeteries team:

Email cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz
Phone: 04 476 6109


Help and support

If you need help, support or more information, contact the Cemeteries team.

Email: cemeteries@wcc.govt.nz
Phone: 04 476 6109