Makara cemetery, Makara, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand

Latitude: -41.27380713060605, Longitude: 174.70175743103027

Makara Cemetery, set on 84 hectares of semi-rural land in the Makara Valley, is Wellington's principal cemetery. In 1940 as Karori Cemetery edged towards full capacity, Wellington city needed to find another burial site for the population.

Makara was the chosen location. Land was bought under the Public Works Act in 1951 and 1955, and the first burial occurred in 1965.
In 2008 Makara Cemetery became the first New Zealand cemetery to offer natural burials. An open grassy area of the cemetery has been set aside for this service. A native tree is planted on each plot.

Cemetery Photos

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Makara cemetery
Makara cemetery


 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
In Loving Memory
In Loving Memory
    Douglas Gordon Galloway Clark (d. 22 Jun 2000)
Violet Emmaline Gange (d. 07 May 2005)
Karori Cemetery Register entry
Karori Cemetery Register entry
    Hugh Shields (d. 1951)
Makara Cemetery Headstone - Josephine (Josie) Marie Harris
    J.M. Holtham (d. 23 Nov 1985)