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New Zealand Cemeteries Index

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An index to pages on cemeteries in New Zealand. Cemeteries are fascinating places, not just for the genealogical information they carry, but for the layers of symbolism to be found in the headstones and memorials.

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New Zealand Cemeteries Index

Addington Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand

Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui, New Zealand

Awanui Cemetery, Merrilands, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand

Birkenhead-Glenfield Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Christ Church Taita Graveyard, Wellington, New Zealand

Collingwood Cemetery, Tasman, New Zealand

Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, New Zealand

Eltham Cemetery, Taranaki, New Zealand

Eskdale Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand

Fairfax Cemetery, Milton, Otago, New Zealand

Feilding Cemetery, New Zealand

Halcombe Cemetery, Halcombe, New Zealand

Hamilton East Cemetery, New Zealand

Hamilton Park Cemetery, New Zealand

Hamilton West Cemetery, New Zealand

Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand

Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand

Havelock North Cemetery, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Hawera Cemetery, New Zealand

Hillcrest Cemetery, Whakatāne, New Zealand

Hillsborough Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Hiona St Stephen's Graveyard, Ōpōtiki, New Zealand

Holy Trinity Memorial Park, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland, New Zealand (formerly Otahuhu Anglican Cemetery)

Hukerenui Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand

Hunterville Cemetery (see Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, New Zealand)

Inglewood Cemetery, New Zealand

Kamo Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand (also known as Ketenikau Cemetery)

Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand

Karoro Cemetery, Greymouth, New Zealand

Katikati Cemetery, New Zealand

Kauae Cemetery, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand

Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, New Zealand

Leamington Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand (also known as Cambridge West Cemetery)

Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand

Mangere Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Maunu Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand

Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand (formerly known as Papatoetoe Cemetery)

Ngaruawahia Old Cemetery, New Zealand

Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand

Oamaru Cemeteries, New Zealand

Old Napier Cemetery, New Zealand

Old Te Puke Cemetery, New Zealand

O'Neills Point Cemetery, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Old Winton Cemetery, New Zealand

Opunake Cemetery, New Zealand

Ormond Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand

Oropi Cemetery, Tauranga, New Zealand

Ōtāhuhu Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Pakaraka (Holy Trinity) Graveyard, Northland, New Zealand

Papakura Old Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Papakura South Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Papatoetoe Cemetery (see Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand)

Park Island Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand

Patea Cemetery, New Zealand

Paterangi Cemetery, Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Piako Cemetery, Morrinsville, New Zealand

Pirongia Cemetery, Waikato, New Zealand (Alexandra Cemetery until 1896 name change)

Port Chalmers Old Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand

Pukerimu Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand

Pukerimu Lawn Cemetery, Paeroa, New Zealand

Purewa Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga, New Zealand

Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, New Zealand (also known as Hunterville Cemetery)


Richmond Cemetery, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand

Rotorua Cemetery, New Zealand

Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Sandon Cemetery, Sanson, New Zealand

Shortland Cemetery, Thames, New Zealand

Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand

St John’s Church Graveyard, Tutu Totara, Marton, New Zealand

St Mark's Cemetery, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand

St Ninian's Church Graveyard, Auckland, New Zealand

St Paul’s Church Graveyard, Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand

St Peter's Church Graveyard, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand

St Stephen's Church Graveyard, Judges Bay, Parnell, Auckland

Swanson Cemetery, Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Taihape Cemetery, New Zealand

Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand

Taupiri Cemetery, Waikato, New Zealand

Taupiri Mountain Urupa, Waikato, New Zealand

Taupo Cemetery, New Zealand

Tauranga Anglican Cemetery, New Zealand

Tauranga Catholic Cemetery, New Zealand

Tauranga Latter Day Saints Cemetery, New Zealand (also known as Tauranga Mormon Cemetery)

Tauranga Methodist and Children's Cemetery, New Zealand

Tauranga Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā), New Zealand

Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery, New Zealand

Te Arai Cemetery, Mangawhai, Northland, New Zealand

Te Aroha Cemetery, New Zealand

Te Awamutu Cemetery, New Zealand

Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (New Plymouth Cemetery)

Te Puke Cemetery, New Zealand (also known as Dudley Vercoe Cemetery)

Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Timaru Cemetery, New Zealand

Tirau Street Cemetery, Putaruru, New Zealand

Tokoroa Cemetery, New Zealand

Tolaga Bay Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand

Tuakau Cemetery, New Zealand

Waihi Cemetery, New Zealand

Waikanae Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand

Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

Waimate Cemetery, New Zealand

Waiuku Cemetery, New Zealand

West Taieri Cemetery, Otago, New Zealand

Wharerangi Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand

Whenua Tapu Cemetery, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand

Gravestone Symbolism

As you look at headstones, obelisks and other memorials, take time to appreciate the symbols that have been chosen for the deceased by their loved ones and the meanings behind them. Some common symbols include:

  • Acorn: Symbol of life, fertility and immortality.
  • Anchor: Symbol of hope and steadfastness, and eternal life. Often found on sailors' headstones. Masons used it as a symbol of well-grounded hope. Early Christians used it as a disguised symbol of the cross.
  • Angels: Symbolic messengers between God and man.
  • Book: The Bible and faith or could represent knowledge or the Book of Life.
  • Broken column: Cut off in the prime of life
  • Broken or severed flower: A sign or early or sudden death.
  • Clasped hands: Found on family graves and symbolising either the hope of reunification in the next life or 'Farewell, see you soon.'
  • Cross: An enduring symbol of religious faith.
  • Dove: Christian symbol of love and peace. Also symbolises purity, ressurection and the Holy Spirit.
  • Gate or arch: Gateway to Heaven.
  • Grape: From the ancient Greeks, used today as a symbol of fertiilty and prosperity.
  • Ivy: Memories remaining evergreen.
  • Laurel: Wreath Accolade to life's achievements.
  • Lily: Symbol of purity, chastity and innocence.
  • Oak leaves: Symbol of strength, honour, steadfastness and immortality.
  • Obelisk: A tall rectangular or triangular pointed column which is the ancient Egyptian symbol for life and health.
  • Palm: Symbolises the triumph of life over death through resurrection.
  • Poppy: Symbol of death, eternal sleep as well as peace.
  • Rose: Goodness and innocence.
  • Star: May symbolise eternity or immortality and divine guidance.
  • Thistle: May symbolise that the person was of Scottish descent.
  • Torch: The human being.
  • Trees: Trees are an enduring symbol of eternal life and protection, with their roots firmly in the ground and their canopy offering protection.
  • Tudor Rose: Traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. May indicate that the person was of English descent.
  • Urn: Symbol of death copied from cinerary urns of antiquity.
  • Wheat: Symbolises the resurrection, the cycle of the seasons and the cycle of life. Often denotes someone dying in later life.
  • Winged cherubs: Representing the belief the soul would rise and live on in heaven.