Kāpiti Coast District Council operates four public cemeteries at Ōtaki, Waikanae and Paraparaumu, and maintains a small historic cemetery at Mackays Crossing.

Enquiries and bookings

For all enquiries regarding cemeteries, contact our Sexton or Customer Services on 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486, or email To ensure booking confirmation, all bookings must be made during working hours, Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm.

24 Hours Notice Required
Our Sexton needs all documentation at least 24 hours before casket burials and ash interments.  

Cremations are undertaken at two privately run crematoriums:

For more information about cremations on the Kāpiti Coast please contact one of the funeral homes listed above.

Council Policy

All burials and ash interments are carried out in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and Council's Cemetery Bylaw 2016.

Cemeteries Database Search

The Council's cemetery records can be viewed online.  View records from 1896 to the present day. Ōtaki Cemetery - from 1896 Waikanae Cemetery - from 1909 Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery - from 1917 Awa Tapu Cemetery - from 1966 Note: Styles of record keepin...

Purchase a plot

You can apply to buy a plot for burial or ash interment.  Plot reservations are not permitted. Contact our Sexton if you would like to discuss your requirements further on 04 296 4700 or email Types of plots Plot...


In general, ashes can be collected 24 hours after the cremation. Special arrangements can be made with the funeral director for earlier collection.  The Crematorium can deliver remains to a place specified by the family or executors. If the family's...


Burials are available at Ōtaki, Waikanae and Awa Tapu Cemeteries.  At Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery only second interments in existing family plots are available. Natural Burials Natural burial is available at Ōtaki cemetery. In a natural burial the body ...

Ōtaki Cemetery

Ōtaki Cemetery, set on 3.9 hectares of semi-rural land, is the oldest cemetery in Kāpiti and the first to offer natural burials. Plot map:   Ōtaki Cemetery Map (PDF, 1 page, 1Mb) Hours: Gates are open during daylight hours, Monday - Sunday. Location: E...

Waikanae Cemetery

Waikanae Cemetery, set on 2.4 hectares of semi-rural land, which includes 0.5 hectares of native bush.  The cemetery was the first in Kāpiti to have a crematorium.  Plot map:  Waikanae Cemetery Map  (PDF, 1 page, 1Mb) Hours: Gates are open during...

Awa Tapu Cemetery

Awa Tapu Cemetery, set on 4.2 hectares of semi-rural land.  Half of the land is currently developed with 2.1 hectares of hill land overlooking the lawn area. Awa Tapu is the second cemetery in Kāpiti with a crematorium. Plot map: Awa Tapu Cemetery Plot...

Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery

Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery is set on 1.2 hectares of urban land.   Plot map: Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery Plot Map (PDF, 1 page, 1Mb) Hours: Gates are open during daylight hours, Monday - Sunday. Location: Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu. View Larger Map Relate...