Cemeteries

How do I arrange a funeral?

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

What are the cemetery fees?

Memorial and floral tributes

A monument supplier can advise you on the memorial (e.g. headstones) options available. A funeral director may supply you with a named plaque 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. Flowers or shrubs may not be planted in lawn cemeteries.

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 amenities@swdc.govt.nz or your local Returned Servicemen’s Association (RSA).

When can I visit a cemetery?

All cemeteries have unrestricted visitor rights and vehicle access and parking is available at all sites. Gates will be locked to vehicles at Featherston and Greytown cemeteries as follows (cemeteries still open to walkers):

  • Featherston:  Gates locked at 5:30pm and unlocked at 6:30am
  • Greytown:  Gates locked at 7:00pm and unlocked at 6:00am

Greytown Cemetery

Located at the South end of Greytown on State Highway 2.

Greytown Cemetery is a lawn cemetery with many of the original town settlers buried here, and has been in operation since 1888. Plots are available for returned services, monumental headstones, cremation plaques and headstone areas.

Featherston Cemetery

Located on Western Lake Road, Featherston.

Featherston Cemetery has served the local community since 1879 and has graves of all the people who pioneered in the town. It offers areas for monumental headstones and cremation plaques and has an historic monumental area. Plots are available for returned services, monumental headstones, cremation plaques and headstone areas. Featherston Cemetery has a large number of infant/child burials for which there are no grave markers. The Featherston Lionesses kindly prepared a listing of these unmarked infant/child burial sites.

Waihenga Cemetery

Located on Dublin Street, Martinborough.

Opened in 1885, Dublin Street Cemetery is a historic monumental area that served the town of Waihenga. The cemetery is now fully utilised and is no longer available for burials.

Martinborough Cemetery

Located on Puruatanga Road, Martinborough.

Puruatanga Road Cemetery serves the Martinborough community and provides a basic range of options for the community it serves.

If you have a query, please email amenities@swdc.govt.nz or phone 06 306 9611 x833 and we will be able to help you with your query.

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