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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, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  2. Akaroa Cemetery, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  3. Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  4. Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  5. Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton, North Island, New Zealand
  6. Ashburton Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  7. Awanui Cemetery, Merrilands, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  8. Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  9. Birkenhead-Glenfield Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  10. Bluff Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  11. Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington, North Island New Zealand
  12. Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  13. Christ Church Graveyard, Taitā, Lower Hutt, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
  14. Clarendon Cemetery, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  15. Clareville Cemetery, Carterton, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
  16. Clifton Cemetery, Bulls, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  17. Collingwood Cemetery, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  18. Domain Road Cemetery, Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  19. Drury Presbyterian Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  20. Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  21. Ellesmere Public Cemetery, Leeston, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  22. Eltham Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  23. Epeha Urupā, Te Puna, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  24. Eskdale Cemetery, Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  25. Fairfax Cemetery, Milton, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  26. Feilding Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  27. Foxhill Cemetery, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  28. Foxton Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  29. Gore Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  30. Green Island Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  31. Halcombe Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  32. Halfmoon Bay Cemetery, Oban, Southland, Stewart Island, New Zealand
  33. Hamilton East Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  34. Hamilton Park Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  35. Hamilton West Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  36. Hastings Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  37. Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  38. Havelock North Cemetery, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  39. Hāwera Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  40. Heads Road Cemetery, Whanganui, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  41. Hillcrest Cemetery, Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  42. Hillsborough Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  43. Hiona St Stephen's Church Graveyard, Ōpōtiki, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  44. Holy Trinity Church Graveyard, Pakaraka, Northland, North Island, New Zealand (also known as Pakaraka Holy Trinity)
  45. Holy Trinity Memorial Park, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand (formerly Ōtāhūhū Anglican Cemetery)
  46. Horseshoe Bay Cemetery, Oban, Southland, Stewart Island, New Zealand
  47. Hukerenui Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  48. Hunterville Cemetery (see Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand)
  49. Hurdon Cemetery, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  50. Inglewood Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  51. Kaiapoi Public Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  52. Kaikōura Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  53. Kamo Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, North Island, New Zealand (also known as Ketenikau Cemetery)
  54. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
  55. Karoro Cemetery, Greymouth, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand
  56. Katikati Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  57. Kauae Cemetery, Ngongotahā, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  58. Kawakawa Cemetery, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  59. Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  60. Kioreroa Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  61. Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  62. Kōwai Pass Cemetery, Springfield, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  63. Kutarere Urupā, Ōpōtiki District, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  64. Lawrence Cemetery, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  65. Leamington Cemetery, Cambridge, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand (also known as Cambridge West Cemetery)
  66. Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  67. Lyttelton Anglican Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  68. Lyttelton Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  69. Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand
  70. Manaia Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  71. Mangaroa Cemetery, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  72. Mangatera Cemetery, Dannevirke, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  73. Māngere Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  74. Martinborough Cemetery, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
  75. Maunu Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  76. Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand (formerly known as Papatoetoe Cemetery)
  77. Maramarua Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  78. Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  79. Matamata Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  80. Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  81. Motuopae Island Urupā, Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand
  82. Mount View Cemetery, Marton, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  83. Napier Old Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  84. Ngāruawāhia Old Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  85. Norsewood Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  86. North Shore Memorial Park, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  87. Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  88. Ōamaru Lawn Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  89. Ōamaru Old Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  90. Ōhingaiti Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  91. Omahu Cemetery, Hikutaia, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  92. Ōmaka Cemetery, Blenheim, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
  93. Ōnehunga Catholic Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  94. O'Neills Point Cemetery, Takapuna, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  95. Ōpepe Military Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  96. Ōpunake Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  97. Ormond Cemetery, Gisborne, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand
  98. Ormondville Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  99. Ōropi Cemetery, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  100. Ōtāhūhū Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  101. Papakura Old Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  102. Papakura South Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  103. Papatoetoe Cemetery (see Manukau Memorial Gardens, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand)
  104. Park Island Cemetery, Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  105. Pātea Cemetery, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  106. Pāterangi Cemetery, Te Awamutu, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  107. Piako Cemetery, Morrinsville, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  108. Pirongia Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand (Alexandra Cemetery until 1896 name change)
  109. Pōkeno Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  110. Porirua Cemetery, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
  111. Port Chalmers New Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  112. Port Chalmers Old Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  113. Pukekohe Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  114. Pūrākaunui Cemetery, Port Chalmers, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  115. Pukerimu Cemetery, Cambridge, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  116. Pukerimu Lawn Cemetery, Paeroa, Hauraki, North Island, New Zealand
  117. Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  118. Pyes Pā Memorial Park, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  119. Rangatira Cemetery, Hunterville, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand (also known as Hunterville Cemetery)
  120. Richmond Cemetery, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  121. Riverton Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  122. Rotorua Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  123. Roxburgh Cemetery, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  124. Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  125. Sandon Cemetery, Sanson, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  126. Shortland Cemetery, Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
  127. Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  128. St John’s Church Graveyard, Tutu Totara, Marton, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  129. St Luke's Church Graveyard, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  130. St Mark's Church Graveyard, Remuera, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  131. St Ninian's Church Graveyard, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  132. St Paul’s Church Graveyard, Papanui, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  133. St Peter's Anglican Graveyard, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  134. St Peter's Church Graveyard, Ōnehunga, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  135. St Stephen's Church Graveyard, Judges Bay, Parnell, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  136. St Stephen's Church Graveyard, Marton, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  137. St Thomas's Church Graveyard, Maketū, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  138. Swanson Cemetery, Waitakere, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  139. Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  140. Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  141. Taihape Cemetery, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  142. Taitā Lawn Cemetery, Naenae, Lower Hutt, North Island, New Zealand
  143. Taitā Old Cemetery, Naenae, Lower Hutt, North Island, New Zealand
  144. Tararu Cemetery, Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
  145. Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand
  146. Taupiri Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  147. Taupiri Mountain Urupā, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  148. Taupō Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  149. Tauranga Anglican Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  150. Tauranga Catholic Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  151. Tauranga Latter Day Saints Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand (also known as Tauranga Mormon Cemetery)
  152. Tauranga Methodist and Children's Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  153. Tauranga Mission Cemetery | Ōtamataha Pā, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  154. Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  155. Te Arai Cemetery, Mangawhai, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  156. Te Aroha Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  157. Te Awamutu Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  158. Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand (New Plymouth Cemetery)
  159. Te Puke Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand (aka Dudley Vercoe Cemetery)
  160. Te Puke ​Old Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand
  161. Te Rangihaukaha Cemetery, Kaitaia, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  162. Temuka Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  163. Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
  164. Timaru Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  165. Tirau Street Cemetery, Putāruru, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  166. Tokoroa Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  167. Tolaga Bay Cemetery, Gisborne, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand
  168. Tūākau Cemetery, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
  169. Waihi Cemetery, Hauraki, North Island, New Zealand
  170. Waikanae Cemetery, Kāpiti Coast, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
  171. Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  172. Waikari Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  173. Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  174. Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  175. Waimate Lawn Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  176. Waimate Old Cemetery, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  177. Waipū Cemetery, Whangārei, Northland, North Island, New Zealand
  178. Waipukurau Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  179. Waireka Cemetery, New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
  180. Wairoa Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  181. Waiuku Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  182. Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, Tasman, South Island, New Zealand
  183. Warkworth Cemetery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  184. West Taieri Cemetery, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
  185. Wharerangi Cemetery, Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  186. Whenua Tapu Cemetery, Porirua, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
  187. Winton East Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  188. Winton Old Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand
  189. Woodend Methodist Churchyard, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
  190. Woodlands Cemetery, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Overseas Cemeteries of interest to New Zealanders

  1. Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Somme, Picardie, France
  2. St Nicholas Churchyard, Brockenhurst, New Forest District, Hampshire, England 93 New Zealand war graves
  3. Mud Corner Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Arrondissement de Mouscron, Hainaut, Belgium
  4. Vertigneul Churchyard, Romeries, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France 19 New Zealand war graves

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.