Cemetery Databases

Cemetery Databases

Service Cemeteries and plaques and headstones
Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has specifically designated areas within public cemeteries, as well as stand-alone individual cemeteries, for the interment of veterans, irrespective of whether death was due to service or to natural causes. These are called Services Cemeteries and there are now 178 of these throughout New Zealand. Information from Veterans' Affairs New Zealand.
Find a Services Cemetery

Locating burials
This guide by Christchurch City Libraries aims to help researchers find out where an individual has been buried.

Memorials
New Zealand History online guide to more than 700 memorials around New Zealand. Includes photographs and history. Searchable by region.

NZ Cemeteries Online
A personal site listing cemetery transcripts and/or cemetery information. Not comprehensive.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The CWGC honour and care for the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, the CWGC's work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.

Christchurch

The Friends of Linwood Cemetery
A charitable trust established to conserve and maintain the heritage of the Linwood Cemetery for future generations.

Christchurch City Council Cemeteries
The Christchurch City Council provides and administers 27 cemeteries, 22 operating cemeteries and five closed cemeteries in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
This database includes interments from the following cemeteries: Addington Cemetery, Avonhead Park Cemetery, Barbadoes Street, Belfast Cemetery, Bromley Cemetery, Linwood Cemetery, Memorial Park Cemetery, Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Sydenham Cemetery, Waimairi Cemetery, Woolston Cemetery, Yaldhurst Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Cemetery Plans
This collection contains plans of historic Christchurch cemeteries showing the layout of a cemetery and plot numbering. The plans may also contain names of plot purchasers and those interred.

Ashburton District Council cemeteries
Includes Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia, Chertsey, Highbank, Mt Somers, Ruapuna, Alford Forest, Winslow, Hinds, Waterton, Barrhill, Dorie, Westerfield, Windermere, Coldstream and Cracroft. Includes an index to burials.
Online cemetery record search

Cemeteries of Christchurch
Guides to cemeteries in Christchurch based on the tours given by local historian Richard L. N. Greenaway.

Hunting Kiwis - photographic records of gravestones in rural Canterbury
Searchable photographic record of country graveyards including churches.

Hurunui District Council Cemeteries
Cemetery records for Balcairn, Culverden, Glenmark, Hanmer Springs, Homeview, Horsley Downs, Rotherham, Waiau, Waikari, and Waipara cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Selwyn District Council Cemeteries
Selwyn District Council maintains nineteen cemeteries, most of which were established in the 1870s. Also information about cemetery sites and maps.
Online cemetery record search

Timaru District Cemeteries
Search interments at Arundel Cemetery, Geraldine Cemetery, Pareora West Cemetery, Pleasant Point Cemetery, Temuka Cemetery and Timaru Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Waimakariri District Council Cemeteries
Locations and other information about the cemeteries maintained by the council.
Online cemetery record search

Waimate District Council Cemeteries
Six cemeteries - Glenavy, Hakataramea, Maori Cemetery in Waimate, Morven, Otaio and Waimate.
Online cemetery record search

Canterbury

Ashburton District Council cemeteries
Includes Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia, Chertsey, Highbank, Mt Somers, Ruapuna, Alford Forest, Winslow, Hinds, Waterton, Barrhill, Dorie, Westerfield, Windermere, Coldstream and Cracroft. Includes an index to burials.
Online cemetery record search

Hunting Kiwis - photographic records of gravestones in rural Canterbury
Searchable photographic record of country graveyards including churches.

Hurunui District Council Cemeteries
Cemetery records for Balcairn, Culverden, Glenmark, Hanmer Springs, Homeview, Horsley Downs, Rotherham, Waiau, Waikari, and Waipara cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Selwyn District Council Cemeteries
Selwyn District Council maintains nineteen cemeteries, most of which were established in the 1870s. Also information about cemetery sites and maps.
Online cemetery record search

Timaru District Cemeteries
Search interments at Arundel Cemetery, Geraldine Cemetery, Pareora West Cemetery, Pleasant Point Cemetery, Temuka Cemetery and Timaru Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Waimakariri District Council Cemeteries
Locations and other information about the cemeteries maintained by the council.
Online cemetery record search

Waimate District Council Cemeteries
Six cemeteries - Glenavy, Hakataramea, Maori Cemetery in Waimate, Morven, Otaio and Waimate.
Online cemetery record search

Auckland

Auckland City Council Ngā urupā Cemeteries
All Auckland cemeteries are searchable in one database.
Cemetery locations
Online cemetery record search

Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium
Purewa Cemetery was established in 1889 by the Anglican Church through a gift of land. This 45 acre cemetery is now administered by the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board.
Online cemetery record search

Northern North Island

Cambridge Cemeteries - Cambridge Town
Includes pre-1910, 1910-1939 records, and Pukerimu, Leamington, and Tamahere Cemeteries.

Far North District Council Cemeteries
Kaeo Cemetery, Totara North Cemetery, Kerikeri Cemetery, Paihia Cemetery, Russell Cemetery, Kawakawa Cemetery, Kaikohe Cemetery, Okaihau Cemetery, Rawene Cemetery, Kohukohu Cemetery, Kaitaia Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Gisborne District Council Cemeteries
Council maintains 12 cemeteries in the Gisborne district: Taruheru, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Patutahi, Makaraka (also known as Houhoupiko), Matahiia, Ruatoria, Rakauroa, Ormond, Motu and Te Araroa.
Online cemetery record search

Hamilton City Council Cemeteries
Online database for 3 Hamilton cemeteries: Hamilton East, Hamilton West, and Hamilton Park Cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Hauraki District Council Cemeteries
Council administer three public cemeteries, two memorial walls, and one ashes wall: Paeroa (Pukerimu) Cemetery; Waihi Cemetery; Waihi Memorial Wall; Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall; Miranda Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Kawerau District Council Cemeteries

Matamata Piako District Council Cemeteries
Council maintains the Matamata, Piako Lawn, Te Aroha, Maukoro, Old Morrinsville and Waharoa cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Ōpōtiki District Council Cemeteries
Council operates three cemeteries: Kelly Street (old military), Waitangi (Ōpōtiki Lawn) and Te Ranginui (Woodlands).
Online cemetery record search

Ōtorohanga District Council Cemeteries
Council manages the Otorohanga and Kawhia cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Rotorua Lakes Council - Cemeteries and Crematorium
​Council is responsible for the Rotorua Cemetery and Crematorium, as well as the Mamaku, Reporoa and Ngakuru cemeteries. Council also operates Ngongotaha’s Kauae Cemetery, which is governed by a separate board of trustees.
Online cemetery record search

South Waikato District Council Cemeteries
Council maintains cemeteries in Putāruru, Tīrau and Tokoroa
Online cemetery record search

Great Lake Taupō Taupō District Council - Cemeteries
Council operates and maintains cemeteries in Taupo - Rickit Street Cemetery (public) and Lower Spa Road (early settlers); Turangi - Aonini Road; and Mangakino - Lake Road. Online cemetery record search

Tauranga City Council Cemeteries
Council operates and manages a number of cemeteries throughout the city - Pyes Pa Memorial Park, Presbyterian Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery, Catholic Cemetery, Anglican Cemetery, and Latter Day Saints Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Thames Coromandel District Council Cemeteries
Council manages Buffalo Cemetery (Coromandel), Colville Cemetery, Mercury Bay Cemetery - Ferry Landing, Tairua and Serviceman's Cemetery, Totara Memorial Park (Thames), Omahu Cemetery (Thames Valley), Whangamata Cemetery. Disused Cemeteries - Shortland Cemetery, Tararu Cemetery, Tapu Cemetery (Thames Coast), Tairua Historical Cemetery, Allan Block Cemetery (Whangamata), Kuaotunu.
Online cemetery record search

Tolaga Bay Public and RSA Cemeteries
Tolaga Bay Public and RSA Cemeteries to September 1983

Waikato District Council Cemeteries
Council maintains the following cemeteries: Gordonton, Huntly Kimihia, Jackson Street, Maramarua, Matahuru, Ngaruawahia, Okete, Orini, Raglan, Rangiriri, Rangiriri Historic War Cemetery, Taupiri, Te Mata, Waerenga, Waiterimu / Matahuru, Whatawhata, Mercer, Onewhero, Pokeno, Pokeno Old Soldiers and Alexandra Redoubt (Tuakau).
Online cemetery record search
Locations map

Waipa District Council cemeteries
Online database and maps for Hautapu, Leamington, Pukerimu, Ohaupo, Paterangi, Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Pukeatua and Puahue cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Waitomo District Council Cemeteries
Cemeteries at Te Kuiti, Mokau, Piopio, Aria, Te Waitere, Kiritehere and Mapiu.
Online cemetery record search

Western Bay of Plenty District Council Cemeteries
Council manages five cemeteries at Maketu, Te Puke, Oropi and Katikati.
Online cemetery record search

Whangarei District Council Cemeteries
Council manages Maunu Cemetery, Kamo Cemetery, and Onerahi Cemetery. Historical cemeteries are Kioreroa, Mission Ground, Ngunguru (Cape Horn), Whananaki, and Whangārei Heads. Trust operated cemeteries are Hukerenui South, Kaurihohore (Kauri), Mangapai, Mangapai South, Marua, Maungakaramea, Otonga, Parua Bay, Purua, Waikiekie, Waipū, and Whareora.
Online cemetery record search
Locations map

Central North Island

Carterton District Council
Carterton Cemetery is located on Chester Road, Clareville, Carterton.
Interactive cemeteries map

Central Hawke's Bay District Council - Cemetery Locations
Online searchable database of all Central Hawke's Bay District Council cemetery records.
Online cemetery record search

Hastings District Council's Burial and Cremation Register
Records from the four Hastings District cemeteries - Hastings, Havelock North, Mangaroa and Puketapu.
Online cemetery record search

Horowhenua District Council Cemeteries
Cemeteries include Avenue Cemetery, Levin; Foxton, Ihakara, Koputaroa, Manakau, Old Levin and Shannon Cemeteries. Includes photos of headstones and maps,
Online cemetery record search

Manawatu District Council
Search interments at Feilding Cemetery, Halcombe Cemetery, Kimbolton Cemetery, Pohangina, Rangiwahia Cemetery, Rongotea Cemetery, Sandon Cemetery, and Waituna West Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Masterton District Council - Cemeteries and Crematorium
Masterton has two urban cemeteries at Riverside and Archer Street and two rural cemeteries at Hastwell and Tinui.

Napier City Council Cemeteries
Includes Eskdale, Old Napier, Park Island, Taradale, Western Hills and Wharerangi cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

New Plymouth District Council Cemeteries and Crematorium
The Council manages the Taranaki Crematorium and 11 cemeteries throughout the district, and holds eference material on four cemetery board and three church cemeteries administered by independent cemetery boards.
Online cemetery record search
Cemeteries and Crematorium map

Norsewood Cemetery Project
Contains information about unmarked graves and decayed graves, including victims of the 1882 flu epidemic.

Palmerston North City Council Ngā urupā me te tahu tūpāpaku | Cemeteries and cremation
Search interments at Ashhurst Cemetery, Bunnythorpe Cemetery, Kelvin Grove Cemetery and Terrace End Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Rangitīkei District Council Cemeteries
The Council administers 8 public cemeteries, these are Clifton (Bulls), Mt View (Marton), Ratana, Turakina, Rangatira (Hunterville), Ohingaiti, Mangaweka and Taihape.
Online cemetery record search

Ruapehu District Council Cemeteries
Records from all ten cemeteries operated by Ruapehu District Council - Ohakune, Ohura, Owhango, Manunui, Matiere, Raetihi, Rangataua, Raurimu, Taumarunui New, and Taumarunui Old.
Online cemetery record search

South Taranaki District Council Cemeteries Ngā Urupā
The Council maintains and operates cemeteries for the South Taranaki district at Eltham, Hāwera, Kaponga, Manaia, Okaiawa, Ōpunakē, Otakeho, Pātea, Ohawe and Waihi (Normanby). The Council also owns the land for the Waverley, Manutahi, Pihama (Lizzie Bell), Warea and Rahotu cemeteries and the Armed Constabulary Cemetery at Ōpunakē Lake.
Online cemetery record search

Stratford District Council Cemeteries
Council adminsters at the Kopuatama, Midhirst, Midhirst Old, Pioneer, Tahora, Waipuku and Whangamomona cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Tararua District Council Cemeteries
Search interments at Alfredton Rd Cemetery - Eketahuna, Alfredton Rd Memorial Cemetery, Herbertville Cemetery, Kaitawa Cemetery - Pahiatua Cemetery, Kumeroa Cemetery - Woodville, Mangaoranga Cemetery - Eketahuna, Mangatainoka Cemetery - Pahiatua Cemetery, Mangatera Cemetery - Dannevirke, Marchant St Lawn Cemetery - Eketahuna, Matamau Cemetery - Dannevirke, Newman Cemetery - Eketahuna, Norsewood Cemetery, Old Gorge Cemetery - Woodville, Ormondville Cemetery, Pinfold Rd Lawn Cemetery - Woodville, Pongaroa Cemetery, RSA Woodville Cemetery, Settlers Cemetery - Dannevirke and Weber Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search
Location map

Wairoa District Council Cemeteries Ngā urupā
GIS Mapping tool that contains a database of burials for cemeteries at Wairoa, Morere, Frasertown, Nuhaka and Ruakituri.
Online cemetery record search

Whanganui District Council Cemeteries and Crematorium
Aramoho Cemetery, Brunswick, Heads Road, Matarawa and Maxwell.
Online cemetery record search

Wellington

Friends of Bolton Street Memorial Park
Bolton Street Memorial Park, previously known as the Bolton Street Cemetery, in central Wellington contains the city's original burial ground. This searchable database lists 8,500 people known to be buried there.

Hutt City Cemeteries
Maintains the Taita Cemetery - Old Section, Taita Lawn Cemetery and the Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance.
Cemetery register has information on private and church burial grounds, and Taita Cemetery - old section. This data is not yet complete.
Online cemetery record search has information on Taita Cemetery - new section, and the Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance.

Kāpiti Coast District Council Cemeteries
Search interments at Awa Tapu Cemetery, Paraparaumu Cemetery, Otaki Cemetery and Waikanae Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Mount Street Cemetery
Mount Street Cemetery was the first Roman Catholic cemetery in Wellington, consecrated on 6 January 1841. It contains the graves of the first nuns and priests in Wellington and remained open until 1891, although burials continued in existing family plots until 1954.

Porirua City Council Cemeteries and Crematorium
Search interments at Porirua Cemetery, Whenua Tapu Cemetery and Pāuatahanui Burial Ground.
Online cemetery record search

Akatārawa Cemetery - Upper Hutt City Council
Akatarawa Cemetery records.
Online cemetery record search

Wellington City Council He Urupā - Cemeteries
Cemetery and crematorium records can be selected online from Karori, Makara, and Tawa.
Online cemetery record search

South Island

Buller District Council cemeteries
The Buller District Council administers four cemeteries in Westport, Mokihinui, Reefton and Karamea.
Online cemetery record search

Cemeteries in the Clutha District
Balclutha Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists has records of cemeteries in the Clutha District. Cemetery database has Clinton and Purekireki cemeteries.
Online cemetery record search

Central Otago District Council Cemeteries
Currently Alexandra, Clyde, Blacks (Omakau), Nevis, Cromwell, Litany St (Cromwell, and Naseby cemetery records available to search online. Other Central Otago cemetery information will be progressively added over time.
Online cemetery record search

Clutha District Council Cemeteries
The Clutha District Council idirectly operates and maintains six urban cemeteries; Balclutha (2), Fairfax Milton, Kaitangata, Lawrence and Tapanui, and eight rural cemeteries; Port Molyneux, Romahapa, Taieri Beach, Waihola, Waikoikoi, Waipahi, Waipori and Waitahuna. All burials from July 2017 are available and historic records from before July 2017 for the Balclutha, Kaitangata, and Tapanui cemeteries are also available.
Online cemetery record search

Dunedin City Council cemeteries
This database is for those who want to find information on anyone buried at any Dunedin City cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Gore District Council cemeteries record search
Otaraia, Charlton Park, Gore, Mataura, Pukerau, Waikaka.

Invercargill City Council Cemeteries
The Council's cemetery database contains more than 50,000 entries for the four Invercargill and Bluff cemeteries and the Southland Crematorium.
This database is for those who want to find information on anyone buried at any Dunedin City cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Lawrence Cemetery
Burial Inscriptions and Burial Book data compiled by Arthur McGregor. This record is of the Lawrence Cemetery at the town of Lawrence, Central Otago

Mackenzie District Council Cemetery Database

Marlborough District Council Cemeteries
Includes Fairhall, Havelock, Omaka, Picton, Rural cemeteries, Tuamarina cemeteries
Online cemetery record search

Nelson City Council Cemeteries
Search interments at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Seaview Cemetery, Hira Cemetery and Wakapuaka Cemetery.
Online cemetery record search

Northern Cemetery
Dunedin's historic Northern Cemetery searchable website. Information from many different research sources on many of Dunedin's and New Zealand's early settlers and founding residents, such as entrepreneur William Larnach, Charles Speight and Poet, Legislator and Journalist Thomas Bracken.

Queenstown Lakes District cemeteries
Covers all of the district's cemeteries - Arrowtown, Cardrona, Frankton, Glenorchy, Hawea, Kingston, Makarora, Queenstown, Skippers Point and Wanaka. Dates back to the first European burial at Glenorchy in 1863. Each record has a photograph of the headstone and the grave's location. Also date of birth, death and burial, the burial type, place of birth and the person's occupation.
Online cemetery record search

Southland District Council Cemetery
Online database of records for cemeteries administered by the council.
Online cemetery record search

St Bathans Catholic Cemetery

Tasman District Council Cemeteries
Find people buried in the Tasman region.Cemetery records search and cemetery locations including maps.
Online cemetery record search

Waitaki District Council cemetery search
Use the cemetery search to locate burials and memorials ​​​in the Oamaru cemeteries - Old and Lawn cemetery and the Duntroon, Georgetown, Hampden, Herbert(Otepopo), Kurow, Livingstone, Maheno, Ngapara and Papakaio cemeteries​. Palmerston cemetery burials are currently being added​. The following cemeteries in the Waitaki District will be added to the database at a later date: ​Macraes and Omarama. ​

Westland District Council cemetery records
Records from Hokitika, Kumara, Ross, Stafford, Harihari, Fox Glacier, Okuru and Whataroa cemeteries.

Cemeteries without online databases

Chatham Islands Council
The public cemeteries on the Chatham Islands are Owenga cemetery (Council); Kapeto (Council); Te One (Anglican), and Hospital Road (Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri).

Grey District Council Cemeteries
Council has records for the Ahaura, Barrytown, Blackball, Cobden, Gladstone, Greenstone, Karoro, Maori Gully, Ngahere, Notown and Stillwater cemeteries.

Kaikōura Cemetery
Contact the Kaikōura District Council for cemetery records at cemetery@kaikoura.govt.nz.

Kaipara District Council
Council administers six cemeteries in the Kaipara area. They are old Mt Wesley, new Mt Wesley, Dargaville (Mt Wesley) RSA, Redhill, Arapohue and Tokatoka.

South Wairarapa District Council
Council administers cemeteries at Greytown; Featherston Cemetery; Dublin Street, Martinborough; Puruatanga Road, Martinborough.

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