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Wharerangi CemeteryTe urupā o Wharerangi

As Napier’s first modern-style lawn cemetery, features include plaques, low headstones and a memorial rose garden. This was also Napier's first cemetery dedicated to Returned Services men and women. Only existing family-owned plots remain available for full-size burials.

Gates open at 8:00am and close at sunset. Toilets are open 8:00am to sunset.

Middle Ridge Beam and Middle Ridge Ash Beam in Wharerangi 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.

Opened in 1948, Wharerangi Cemetery was Napier's first modern-style lawn cemetery. Its new-look features included plaques, low headstones and a memorial rose garden. In it was established Napier's first cemetery dedicated to Returned Services men and women. A Book of Remembrance is open to view daily in the open-sided shrine.

In 1987, the striking group of niche walls was built to provide another option for the containment of ashes and memorialisation.

Landscaping has always been an important feature of the cemetery. Originally bare and exposed, the hillside perimeter is now covered in trees. Specimen trees of many exotic varieties provide seasonal changes in flowers and foliage.

Search Wharerangi records

Wharerangi 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 Wharerangi cemetery records.

Returned Service Men and Women

A lawn cemetery is maintained for deceased service men and women. Burial within Returned Services Cemeteries must adhere to Internal Affairs Department guidelines.

Guidance as to qualification for burial in a Returned Services Cemetery should be sought from the local representative of the New Zealand Returned Services Association.

Plaques are supplied by Internal Affairs Department.

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 cemeteries.

Niche Walls

The niche walls provide spaces for the interment of ashes. There is room for one plaque per niche.


a) Granite Plaques: 180mm x 125mm in the following colours - grey, blue, black and green

b) Bronze Plaques: 180mm x 125mm, engraved or cast

Ash Beams

Ashes may be interred in the ash beam area with provision for a limited size headstone to be erected on a white plastered concrete or granite base on the concrete beam.

Base 605mm x 250mm.

Headstone: 420mm width, 325mm maximum height above the concrete base.

Lawn Plaque Area

Ashes may be placed in plots 1200mm x 1200mm. A granite or bronze plaque either 450mm wide x 500mm long or 450mm wide x 250mm long may be set flush with a concrete surround of between 50-75mm wide to a total dimension of no greater than 600mm wide x 650mm long.

Wharerangi Cemetery images

Wharerangi Cemetery Location Map

Off Cato Road. Leaving the city centre via Carlyle Street, turn right at the traffic lights into Hyderabad Road. Keep heading north to the second roundabout and turn left onto Prebensen Drive. Travel several kilometres and turn right onto Cato Drive which leads to the cemetery entrance.


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