Cemeteries and Crematorium

We manage the Taranaki Crematorium and 10 cemeteries throughout the district. We also hold reference material on four cemetery board and three church cemeteries that are administered by independent cemetery boards.

Cemetery office

Our cemetery office organises bookings and provides information about cemeteries, how to arrange burials, cremations and memorials.

Open: 8am-5pm Monday to Friday. 
Phone: 06-759 6060

We also hold all historical records for Council-administered cemeteries. Information is available on request, but depending on the volume of information required, a small fee may be asked. Cemetery and crematorium records are also online.

Arranging a funeral

Generally, contact a funeral director to arrange a burial or cremation.

Memorial and floral tributes

A monumental supplier can advise you on the memorial (e.g. headstones) options available. A funeral director may supply you with a named wooden cross but this is considered only a temporary arrangement. All upkeep of memorials is the responsibility of the owner.

Floral tributes are permitted only on the memorial headstone bases. Vase inserts may be provided for some cremation areas. No flowers or shrubs may be planted in lawn cemeteries.

Returned Services Areas

Services areas are available to those who have returned from active service. These areas are administered on behalf of the Veterans Affairs Department. For information on rules and eligibility please contact us or your local Returned Servicemen’s Association (RSA).

Urban cemeteries

Visiting hours: Vehicle access is allowed from 7.00am - 8.30pm. Pedestrian access is allowed at all times. 

Te Henui Cemetery
Junction of Watson and Lemon streets, New Plymouth.
Te Henui opened in 1861 and is the original New Plymouth public cemetery.  Set in an attractive park environment, it serves mainly as a heritage cemetery rich in local history and monuments. Although some interments occasionally occur, no plots are available for purchase.

Awanui Cemetery
Awanui Street, New Plymouth.
Awanui is the main public cemetery for New Plymouth. Located in the city within a rural setting, Awanui is a lawn cemetery that offers areas for returned services, monumental headstones, cremation plaques and headstones.

Waitara Cemetery
Bayly Street, Waitara.
Opened in 1885, Waitara Cemetery offers an historic monumental area complemented by a more modern lawn cemetery. Plots are available for returned services, monumental headstones, cremation plaques and headstone areas.

Inglewood Cemetery
Rata Street, Inglewood.
Inglewood Cemetery has served the local community since 1879. It offers areas for monumental headstones and cremation plaques and has an historic monumental area.

Oakura Cemetery
Butlers Lane, Oakura.
Oakura cemetery is tucked away behind Butlers Tavern on the main highway and has served this settlement since the first recorded burial in 1888.

Okato Cemetery
SH45, Okato
Okato Cemetery is on the left if you are heading into Okato from New Plymouth. It is clearly sign-posted from SH45.  

Urenui Cemetery
Junction of Totara and Ngapapa streets
Urenui Cemetery is situated a few kilometres north of Waitara and has served as a final resting place for many early families since 1882. This cemetery remains a strong focal point for the local community’s heritage.

Rural cemeteries
There are four Council-administered cemeteries that provide a basic range of options for the rural communities they serve. They are Purangi, Waireka, Tarata and Tataraimaka (closed).

Taranaki Crematorium

629 Junction Road
SH3, New Plymouth

The crematorium offers full cremation services, a chapel seating up to 200 people and the Gardens of Remembrance for the internment of ashes (memorial placement is not possible in the garden area). The crematorium also has a Book of Remembrance that provides a long lasting memorial. All names are automatically entered and the book is available for viewing.

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