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New Zealand Cemeteries Index

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An index to pages on cemeteries in Aotearoa | 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

  1. Addington Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  3. Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui, New Zealand
  4. Awanui Cemetery, Merrilands, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  5. Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
  6. Birkenhead-Glenfield Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand # Bromley Cemetery, New Zealand
  7. Christ Church Taita Graveyard, Wellington, New Zealand
  8. Clareville Cemetery, Wairarapa, New Zealand
  9. Collingwood Cemetery, Tasman, New Zealand
  10. Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, New Zealand
  11. Eltham Cemetery, Taranaki, New Zealand
  12. Eskdale Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand
  13. Fairfax Cemetery, Milton, Otago, New Zealand
  14. Feilding Cemetery, New Zealand
  15. Halcombe Cemetery, Halcombe, New Zealand
  16. Hamilton East Cemetery, New Zealand
  17. Hamilton Park Cemetery, New Zealand
  18. Hamilton West Cemetery, New Zealand
  19. Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
  20. Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand
  21. Havelock North Cemetery, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  22. Hāwera Cemetery, New Zealand
  23. Hillcrest Cemetery, Whakatāne, New Zealand
  24. Hillsborough Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  25. Hiona St Stephen's Graveyard, Ōpōtiki, New Zealand
  26. Holy Trinity Memorial Park, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland, New Zealand (formerly Otahuhu Anglican Cemetery)
  27. Hukerenui Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand
  28. Hunterville Cemetery (see Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, New Zealand)
  29. Inglewood Cemetery, New Zealand
  30. Kamo Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand (also known as Ketenikau Cemetery)
  31. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
  32. Karoro Cemetery, Greymouth, New Zealand
  33. Katikati Cemetery, New Zealand
  34. Kauae Cemetery, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
  35. Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  36. Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, New Zealand
  37. Kutarere Urupā, Ōpōtiki District, New Zealand
  38. Lawrence Cemetery, Otago, New Zealand
  39. Leamington Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand (also known as Cambridge West Cemetery)
  40. Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand
  41. Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand
  42. Mangere Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  43. Maunu Cemetery, Whangarei, New Zealand
  44. Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand (formerly known as Papatoetoe Cemetery)
  45. Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand
  46. Mount View Cemetery, Marton, New Zealand
  47. Napier Old Cemetery, New Zealand
  48. Ngāruawāhia Old Cemetery, New Zealand
  49. North Shore Memorial Park, Auckland, New Zealand
  50. Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  51. Oamaru Cemeteries, New Zealand
  52. Omahu Cemetery, Hikutaia, Waikato, New Zealand
  53. Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim, New Zealand
  54. O'Neills Point Cemetery, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
  55. Opunake Cemetery, New Zealand
  56. Ormond Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand
  57. Oropi Cemetery, Tauranga, New Zealand
  58. Ōtāhuhu Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  59. Pakaraka (Holy Trinity) Graveyard, Northland, New Zealand
  60. Papakura Old Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  61. Papakura South Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  62. Papatoetoe Cemetery (see Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand)
  63. Park Island Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand
  64. Patea Cemetery, New Zealand
  65. Paterangi Cemetery, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  66. Piako Cemetery, Morrinsville, New Zealand
  67. Pirongia Cemetery, Waikato, New Zealand (Alexandra Cemetery until 1896 name change)
  68. Port Chalmers New Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  69. Port Chalmers Old Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  70. Pukerimu Cemetery, Cambridge, New Zealand
  71. Pukerimu Lawn Cemetery, Paeroa, New Zealand # Purewa Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  72. Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga, New Zealand
  73. Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, New Zealand (also known as Hunterville Cemetery)
  74. Richmond Cemetery, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  75. Rotorua Cemetery, New Zealand
  76. Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, New Zealand
  77. Sandon Cemetery, Sanson, New Zealand
  78. Shortland Cemetery, Thames, New Zealand
  79. Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
  80. St John’s Church Graveyard, Tutu Totara, Marton, New Zealand
  81. St Mark's Cemetery, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
  82. St Ninian's Church Graveyard, Auckland, New Zealand
  83. St Paul’s Church Graveyard, Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand
  84. St Peter's Church Graveyard, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
  85. St Stephen's Anglican Cemetery, Marton, New Zealand
  86. St Stephen's Church Graveyard, Judges Bay, Parnell, Auckland
  87. Swanson Cemetery, Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
  88. Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  89. Taihape Cemetery, New Zealand
  90. Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand
  91. Taupiri Cemetery, Waikato, New Zealand
  92. Taupiri Mountain Urupa, Waikato, New Zealand
  93. Taupō Cemetery, New Zealand
  94. Tauranga Anglican Cemetery, New Zealand
  95. Tauranga Catholic Cemetery, New Zealand
  96. Tauranga Latter Day Saints Cemetery, New Zealand (also known as Tauranga Mormon Cemetery)
  97. Tauranga Methodist and Children's Cemetery, New Zealand
  98. Tauranga Mission Cemetery | Otamataha Pā, New Zealand
  99. Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery, New Zealand
  100. Te Arai Cemetery, Mangawhai, Northland, New Zealand
  101. Te Aroha Cemetery, New Zealand
  102. Te Awamutu Cemetery, New Zealand
  103. Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (New Plymouth Cemetery)
  104. Te Puke Cemetery, New Zealand (also known as Dudley Vercoe Cemetery)
  105. Te Puke Old Cemetery, New Zealand
  106. Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  107. Timaru Cemetery, New Zealand
  108. Tirau Street Cemetery, Putaruru, New Zealand
  109. Tokoroa Cemetery, New Zealand
  110. Tolaga Bay Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand # Tuakau Cemetery, New Zealand
  111. Waihi Cemetery, New Zealand
  112. Waikanae Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand
  113. Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  114. Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
  115. Waimate Cemetery, New Zealand
  116. Waipu Cemetery, Waipu, Whangarei District, New Zealand
  117. Waiuku Cemetery, New Zealand
  118. West Taieri Cemetery, Otago, New Zealand
  119. Wharerangi Cemetery, Napier, New Zealand
  120. Whenua Tapu Cemetery, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
  121. Winton Old Cemetery, 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.