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Eskdale CemeteryTe urupā o Eskdale

Since its first burial back in 1873, this small rural cemetery primarily catered for residents in the nearby area. It no longer has burial or ash sites available but it has been audited, which means the locations of those resting there are searchable within our database.

Cyclone Gabrielle update: Access cleared at Eskdale Cemetery

Eskdale CemeteryImportant mahi has taken place to clear the access way to the Eskdale Cemetery. We know many whānau are eager to access the site to tend to their loved ones memorials. If you would like to access the Eskdale Cemetery we kindly ask you to please follow the below guidelines:

  • Limited parking is available adjacent to the cemetery and carpooling is a must. Please also ensure Eskdale Lane residents’ access is not blocked.
  • For your own health and safety, PPE including face masks, long sleeve tops and pants, boots, and gloves are required.
  • Any silt cleared from memorial sites can be disposed of to the right of the entrance into the cemetery and set back from the road. Silt disposal is indicated in orange on the image included here. Our teams will organise removal of this silt.
  • Water is available at the cemetery entrance with a tap on the right hand side. You will need to bring your own container to fill up and use on site.
  • Stay hydrated, carefully decontaminate or dispose of your used PPE, and wash or sanitise your hands after working on site.
  • We understand this is a special place whanau wish to look after, but we are here to help if you need it. Contact our Customer Service Centre if you need our assistance.

Fenced grave site at Eskdale Cemetery.This small rural cemetery primarily caters to the interment and requirements of the local Bay View, Eskdale and Te Pohue residents. There are no toilets and no access to vehicles.

This cemetery no longer has any burial or ash interment sites available.

The first burial, that of Douglas Mary McKain in 1873, is marked by a handsome granite memorial standing at the topmost level of the cemetery. The McKain family established the first boarding house on the Western Spit (Westshore) in 1851.

The land encompassing the memorial was gazetted as a cemetery in 1878. It was the principal burial ground for Bay View and the farming settlements around the northern end of the Ahuriri Lagoon and Esk Valley. Many early pioneering settlers are laid to rest here.

Search Eskdale records

Eskdale Cemetery records have been audited and are now available in our online database. You can search all the records that we have and find, interment details, headstone inscriptions, headstone photo and a location map. Search Eskdale cemetery records.

Limited Headstone Area

This area allows for a limited-size granite headstone to be placed on the concrete beam which is level with the lawn.

All headstones are erected on a white plastered concrete or granite base, on the concrete beam. Only one headstone per plot is permitted.


  • A (Single Plot) 915mm x 450mm (maximum height 150mm)
  • B (Twin Plots) 1200mm x 450mm (maximum height 150mm)
  • Maximum height 150mm


  • Granite
  • A (Single Plot) 915mm x 250mm
  • B (Twin Plots) 1200mm x 250mm
  • Maximum height 100mm


  • A (Single Plot) 900mm width, 900 maximum height above the base
  • B (Twin Plots) 1200mm width, 900mm maximum height above the base

Ash Options

Niche Wall

Memorial only. No facility for the interment of ashes. Provision is made for single and double niches.


  • Granite - grey, blue-black or green
  • OR bronze, engraved or cast
  • Single: 175mm x 175mm
  • Double: 350mm x 175mm

Eskdale Cemetery images

Eskdale Cemetery Location Map

Eskdale Lane, off Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Road), 1.5km west of the junction of Highways 2 and 5. Take Highway 2 north from Napier to beyond the Bay View township, then turn left onto Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Road). Eskdale Lane is on the left, 1500 metres from this turn-off.


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