Kāpiti Coast District Council operates four public cemeteries at Ōtaki, Waikanae and Paraparaumu, and maintains a small historic cemetery at Mackays Crossing.
Cemetery gates will be locked to public vehicles until further notice, but cemeteries remain open to pedestrians.
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Enquiries and bookings
For all enquiries regarding cemeteries, contact our Sexton or Customer Services on 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- Kapiti Crematorium at Awa Tapu Cemetery, operated by Kāpiti Coast Funeral Home; and
- Kaitawa Crematorium at Waikanae Cemetery, operated by Waikanae Funeral Home.
For more information about cremations on the Kāpiti Coast please contact one of the funeral homes listed above.
All burials and ash interments are carried out in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and Council's Cemetery Bylaw 2016.
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...
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...
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...
Burials are available at Ōtaki, Waikanae and Awa Tapu Cemeteries. At Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery only second interments in existing family plots are available. Natural...
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,...
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...
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...
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...