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Waikumete Cemetery Open Day


Sun 12 Nov 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Waikumete Cemetery, Great North Road, Waikumete Hill, Glen Eden, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Enjoy wildflowers in bloom, history walks and talks, food stalls, music and much more at Waikumete Cemetery Open Day on Sunday 12 November, 10am – 4pm.

This is the second open day at the cemetery. The first was held in February 2016 and was a great success. The event has moved to November to enjoy the wildflowers that will be in bloom.

Waikumete Cemetery, New Zealand’s largest cemetery, is located off Great North Road in Glen Eden and covers 108 hectares. It opened in 1886.

The free open day will also feature grave digging and natural burial demonstrations. You can also tour the crematorium or learn about burial practices of different cultures.

“The open day is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the human and natural heritage of this nationally significant treasure,” says Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney.

“I’ll be giving a talk on the war memorials. Other talks include Jason Reeve of Ancestry on the flu pandemic, the wildflowers of Waikumete by Colin Bradshaw of Friends of Waikumete and burial customs around the world by researcher and lecturer Sally Raudon. This is only a small sampling of activities.”

If you have a relative buried there you can get help to find the grave. To locate a grave, before the day, find the search engine using the phrase ‘west burial and cremation records’ at, search the database, and then print out the resulting record and bring it along to the open day.

The full programme of the day’s activities is available on the Waitakere Ranges Local Board's Facebook page:

No registration is required for activities - just turn up. Please note that activities and times are subject to change. A printed programme and map will be available on the day.

For safety, the cemetery will be closed to private cars on the day. To get there, take the train to Glen Eden. Or bring your bike. Parking is available on side streets. A free shuttle bus service will operate within the cemetery on the day to help people get around.

When visiting the cemetery, please be respectful of the graves.
Dogs are welcome at the cemetery, provided they are on a lead and under control.

The event is organised through a partnership between Waitākere Ranges Local Board, Friends of Waikumete Cemetery, the Urupā Committee of the cemetery’s Māori burial ground, West Auckland RSAs, Discover Waikumete, Auckland Council cemeteries team and Ancestry.

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