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Karori Cemetery is Wellington's largest, and New Zealand's second largest, burial ground.

It is the final resting place of about 83,000 people, occupying nearly 100 acres of rolling, bush clad hillsides. With abundant native bird life, sweeping scenic vistas and many fascinating graves, it provides an inspiring venue for an absorbing walk.

The cemetery was established in 1891 to replace the older, overcrowded, cemeteries in the centre of Wellington. From the first burial in August 1891, it provides the final resting place for thousands of people.

Join a guided walk (2-3 hours) of the many heritage and historic sights of the cemetery. Discover fascinating stories of the lives of some of the 83,000 people who were laid to rest in the cemetery. Located close to Zealandia and Otari-Wiltons Bush, you can also see abundant birdlife.

There is easy access to the cemetery with a frequent public bus service from central Wellington. Visit for timetables.

Anzac Talks 2015

This Anzac Weekend, Karori Cemetery will be offering a special series of Anzac Day talks, at the following times:

Saturday 25 April
11am, 2pm and 3.30pm

Sunday 26 April and Monday 27 April 

Attendance is free. 

For more information see the event listing.