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Park Island CemeteryTe urupā o Park Island

Park Island Cemetery’s first burials were recorded in 1917 and it provided plots until just after WWII. Many victims of the 1931 earthquake rest here and are remembered with a cenotaph. Only existing family-owned plots remain available for full-size earth plot burials.

Gates at Park Island Cemetery open at 8.00am and close at sunset. Toilets open from 8.00am to sunset.

Graves at Park Island Cemetery.

Only existing family-owned plots are available for full-size earth plot burials. For information regarding memorials for these areas contact the Sexton or Administration Clerk.

Park Island Cemetery was purchased in 1910 and the first burials were recorded in 1917.

At the time the cemetery opened, its location was well beyond the town boundary. Access was by a road formed across the tidal Ahuriri Lagoon and surrounding marshes to Taradale. The cemetery provided burial plots until just after the Second World War.

Many victims of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake were interred in a common grave, which is surmounted by a memorial. The cenotaph and memorial surrounds were designed by Louis Hay, a well-known Napier architect who designed many of the city's Art Deco period buildings.

Since at least the late Bronze Age, Western European cultures have used evergreen trees to symbolise everlasting life. Continuing this tradition, a magnificent stand of 23 Italian cypress trees lines one side of the Catholic section of the cemetery.

Children's Cemetery options

Children aged 14 and under may be buried in the Children's Lawn Cemetery areas set aside in Park Island cemetery. The plot purchase price and interment fees are lower than for standard plots.


  • Granite or
  • Bronze
  • 450mm x 500mm or
  • 450mm x 250mm

Set flush with a concrete surround of between 50-75mm wide to a total dimension of no greater than 600mm x 650mm.

Stillborn and Neonatal options

Special areas are set aside for stillborn and neonatal burials. Neonatal infants are those babies who have died within 28 days of birth. Stillborn and neonatal plots in these areas are provided free of charge.

As of January 2002, Council provides a concrete beam upon which a limited-size headstone may be placed on a plastered concrete base.

Base: 605mm x 250mm
Headstone: 420mm width, 325mm maximum height above the concrete base

For information on providing memorials for interments prior to January 2002, please contact the Sexton or Reserves Administration Clerk.

Ash options

Ash Interment in a Burial Plot

Ashes may be interred in an existing burial plot within any Napier Cemetery. Special conditions may apply to the Returned Services Cemetery.

Park Island Cemetery images

Park Island Cemetery Location Map

Off Clyde Jeffrey Drive. Leaving the city centre via Carlyle Street, turn right at the traffic lights into Hyderabad Road. Keep heading west to the second roundabout and turn left onto Prebensen Drive. Travel two kilometres to the junction with Westminster Avenue on the left. Continue along Westminster Avenue to Clyde Jeffery Drive on the right.


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