Cemeteries in Wellington
Cemeteries in and around Wellington
I couldn't find a comprehensive online list of cemeteries in greater Wellington, so I've compiled this one with denominations and approximate dates where I could find them. Dates are mostly taken from the NZSG indexes to the cemeteries. Online databases are available as noted. For other cemeteries, enquire at your council or local library to see if a transcription is available. Please send me additional information or corrections.
Bolton Street Cemetery
1840-1967. Originally three cemeteries, for Anglican, non-conformist and Jewish burials. Closed 1892 after Karori opened, except for burials in existing plots; last burial in 1967. Searchable online at Wellington City Council.
1876-now. The Methodist Church, which originally stood in front of this cemetery and fronted the Main Street, was demolished in 1973 to make way for the present building of the Johnsonville Licensing Trust. [Source: NZSG Early Wellington Settlers CD-ROM]
Johnsonville St John's
Anglican, 1847-1960. Details of headstones were recorded in the 1960s, and all headstones were removed from the cemetery by 1975. Burial records are held by the vicar.
Aka Wellington Public Cemetery. Large municipal cemetery opened in 1891 and now closed except for burials in existing plots. Makara cemetery became Wellington's main cemetery in 1965. Searchable online at Wellington City Council
Karori St Mary's
Anglican, 1863-1962. Some names online at Helen's Page.
The cemetery that never was! The Cyclopedia of New Zealand has a description of all the amenities of Kilbirnie, and states "Kilbirnie also has a cemetery." The Wellington City Council did consider building a cemetery somewhere in the Melrose borough near the Town Belt (see Evening Post 27 Apr 1883) but after years of discussion they opted for the site at Karori (see above).
1965 - now. Wellington's main cemetery. Searchable online at Wellington City Council .
Makara St Matthias
Anglican, 1877-1984. Small Anglican churchyard. See also Heritage New Zealand site.
Mount Street Cemetery
Catholic, 1851-1954,about 800 burials. Closed 1891 except for burials in existing family plots. See the Mount Street Cemetery website for an online database and information about the Friends of Mount Street Cemetery.
Ohariu Valley Holy Trinity
Anglican, 1873 - now. Some names online at Helen's Page.
Ohariu Valley St Joseph's
Sydney Street Cemetery
See Bolton Street Cemetery.
Tawa Flat Cemetery
1868 - 1952. Small churchyard. Burials online at Tawa Historical Society website.
Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata
The following Lower Hutt area cemeteries are searchable online at Hutt City Council website: Aglionby, Boulcott Farm, Christ Church Taita, Church Yard Hutt, Gear Meat Works, Homedale Methodist, Knox Presbyterian, Korokoro, Owhiti Urupa, Somes Island (Matiu), St James, Taita old cemetery, Te Puni and also some small private burial grounds.
1903- now. Searchable online at Upper Hutt City Council webpage
Bridge Street, Lower Hutt
Wesleyan, 1849-1985. Some names online at Helen's Page.
Knox Presbyterian,Lower Hutt
1857-1942, but no headstones survive.
Owhiti Urupa or Cemetery, Seaview,Lower Hutt
Maori, 1890 - 1979. See Whakapapa Club
St James, Lower Hutt
St John's, Trentham
Anglican, 1864-1991. Some names online at Helen's Page.
St Joseph's, Upper Hutt
Catholic, 1871-1991. Some names online at Helen's Page.
Taita, Christ Church
Anglican, 1861-1985. Many early settlers buried here. Registered with Historic Places Trust. See Hutt City Council website.
Taita Public Cemetery
1892-1984. See Hutt City Council .
Te Puni Urupa or Cemetery, Petone
Maori, 1870 - 1976. See Whakapapa Club
The Wainuiomata Coast Road Churchyard was also known as the Homedale Methodist Churchyard, Wainuiomata. The earliest burial in the Churchyard was in 1862. Whilst originally intended as a Methodist place of worship, due to the isolation of Wainuiomata in the early days burials of all denominations can be found in the Churchyard. The Churchyard was closed for burials of bodies in 2009 by the Ministry of Health, but special arrangements can be made in certain circumstances for interment of ashes. As burials pre-date 1900, the Churchyard is a recognised archaeological site. See Hutt City Council website.
Presbyterian, 1887-present? According to Upper Hutt City Council, this cemetery is also known as Wallaceville Hill Cemetery.
North of Wellington/Kapiti coast
Awa Tapu Cemetery, Valley Road, Paraparaumu
Names online at Kapiti Council website
Hongoeka Urupa, Plimmerton
Maori, 1940 - 1979. Some names online at Whakapapa Club
1896-now? Anzac Road, Otaki. Names online at Kapiti Council website.
1860-1969. See Porirua City Council website.
Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery
1890-now. Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach. Online database at Kapiti Council website.
1870- now ? See Porirua City Council website.
Pukekaraka Cemetery, Otaki
Catholic, 1880 - 1991. Small cemetery attached to Catholic Mission. Some names online at Whakapapa Club
Rangiatea Churchyard, Otaki.
Cemetery attached to historic Rangiatea Church. Some names online at Helen's Page.
Takapu Cemetery, Porirua
Maori, 1858 - 1976. See Whakapapa Club.
Waikanae Cemetery, Ngarara Road, Waikanae
Names online at Kapiti Council website.