New Zealand Cemeteries

NZ Cemeteries Collection

Since 1967 The New Zealand Society of Genealogists has produced cemetery transcriptions for approx. 1400 cemeteries nationwide.  Dates range between 1812 through to 2014. Most municipal cemeteries are included, but a significant proportion of this collection includes private cemeteries, Maori Urupa and remote burial locations. 

The full NZ Cemeteries Collection is held at the NZSG Library for details on what is available,  search the  Library Catalogue 

Transcriptions between 1812 – 2007 are available either on microfiche at most public libraries or in digital format on

Click here to learn what mircofiche is available at 2009 -  The New Zealand Cemetery Records 


Cemetery websites

There are a significant number of websites devoted to information about Cemeteries both here in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.

Increasingly, we are seeing websites that include photographs of graves.

Council databases are likely to be the most up-to-date. For those who have an idea of burial location, we recommend the website KiwiCelts

NZSG Burial Locator

This publication is a directory containing over 3 million names taken from many sources including the NZSG Cemetery Collection where the source reference corresponds with the referencing system used by the NZSG in the New Zealand Cemetery Records – a List of Holdings; and from many local Council Burial records which are not in the NZSG Cemetery Collection.  It is available to search in the NZSG Library in Panmure and some public libraries.


Kiwi Collection v2 

This name searchable Index is primarily available to members only.  It includes names from various cemeteries (many of which are on the NZSG Burial Locator) but there is also a small number of full headstone transcriptions. The notes under Access to Source will indicate whether the full transcription records are available at a local repository