Cemeteries & Crematorium

​​​​​​​​​​​​Whanganui’s cemeteries are located in attractive park-like settings which family and friends can visit to remember loved ones.

The main cemetery in current use is Aramoho Cemetery which covers nearly 19 hectares. There are also cemeteries at Brunswick, Heads Road, Matarawa and Maxwell.

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Aramoh​​o Ce​​​metery​

The Aramoho Cemetery provides:

  • Standard Lawn 
  • Cremation Lawn
  • Children's Lawn
  • Stillborn Area​
  • RSA Lawn (Returned Services)
  • Natural Burial Area
  • Islamic Area and facilities 
  • Pre-placed beams for headstones (the Council does not maintain the graves and headstones but ensures that graves are kept free of weeds and grass, with grounds kept litter-free)
  • Rose garden for cremation ashes. Burial and cremation service, including chapel
  • Access and parking areas, seats, tap water for flowers, shade trees and hedges
  • Book of Remembrance – available for viewing between 8.00am and 4.30pm weekdays at Aramoho Crematorium or by appointment through the Sexton:
    Phone (06) 343 9412 
    Email  gary.gleeson@whanganui.govt.nz


​​Cemetery charges ​​(as from 1 July 2018)​

​Adult interments including natural burials (pictured above) and RSA area (pictured top)Weekday
​Saturday morning​$912
​Children (under 15 years)​$0
​After hours and additional burial charges apply to:
​Burials at rural cemeteries - will incur travel costs (current cost - subject to change)​$1.00 per km
​Extra depth graves over 1.8 metres, which may be required for a double depth plot, incur an additional cost​ $123
​Funerals extending after 5.00pm weekdays or 1.00pm Saturday.  NB: Usually requires three staff members​$44 per hour per staff member
​Full burial services held after 1.00pm Saturday​$444
​Adults (includes plastic urn)​Weekday​$682
​Saturday morning​$800
​Children (under 15 years)
​Cremation of indigent person​$124
Medical referee's form
​ At cost
​Burial of ashes​$261
​After hours and additional cremation charges apply to:
​Funerals extending after 5.00pm weekdays or 1.00pm Saturday.  NB: Usually requires one staff member​$44 per hour per staff member
Cremations held after 1.00pm Saturday​$127
​Plot purchase
​Burial plot - adult (see note below) *
​Burial plot - stillborn with monument/children's plots (see note below) * ​$653
​Rose spaces, niches & cremation plots (see note below) *
​Serviceperson burial plot fee​$0
​Serviceperson cremation plot fee​$0
​Service - permit fees
​Permit fee for erecting monuments or headstones (includes RSA permits)​$72
​Permit for Rose Gardens (headstones)​$72
​Book of Remembrance entry​$115
​Use of chapel for services​$72
​Genealogical research per hour (after first hour)​$72
​Niche Wall/Memorial Wall​$308


  • These prices do not include funeral director’s costs. 
  • As rates fund 25% of cemetery costs, the Council imposes a 25% surcharge on plot purchases for people who have not been resident in Whanganui at the time of death.
Page reviewed: 12 Dec 2018 9:15am