Our cemeteries

Porirua City manages three public cemeteries: Whenua Tapu, Porirua, and Pāuatahanui Burial Ground, and a number of historic cemeteries.

Porirua City’s three public cemeteries offer restful locations to reflect and remember, as well as giving insights into the area’s history and early days of settlement.

Contact us

For enquiries about our cemeteries or the crematorium, please phone the cemetery office on (04) 239 9078 during business hours. You can also search our cemetery records online.

Our cemeteries are open from 7.30 am to dusk every day.

Visiting a cemetery

Whenua Tapu

The main cemetery and crematorium at Whenua Tapu between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay has a peaceful native bush setting and offers various options for burials and cremations.

View Whenua Tapu cemetery maps (pdf).

Porirua Cemetery

Many of the 4,000 graves in Porirua Cemetery are unmarked and more than 2,000 are the resting place of patients of the former Porirua mental hospital. 

View Porirua Cemetery maps (pdf).

Pāuatahanui Burial Ground

Pāuatahanui Burial Ground dates back to the 1850s and many members of the district’s pioneer families are buried there. 

View Pauatahanui Burial Ground maps (pdf).

Historic cemeteries

Porirua City has several other historic cemeteries. Details for these sites are available on microfiche at Porirua Library's Genealogy Resources:



  • Honoeke Māori 1940-1979
  • Māori November 1918 

Pukerua Bay 

  • Māori November 1921 


  • Porirua Cemetery 1895–1980 
  • Takapu Māori 1858–1976 

Porirua's War Stories

Soldiers from Porirua have taken part in conflicts as far back as the Boer War, right up to modern peacekeeping mission in war zones around the world. Their stories have been carefully collected and can be found at the Porirua War Stories website, www.poriruawarstories.com