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Cemeteries function as burial places, places of contemplation and places to record history. Marlborough District Council recognises that cemeteries are places for families and friends to establish connections with predecessors and research ancestral links.

Council acknowledges that cemeteries have a secondary function of providing areas of passive urban and rural parkland, allowing opportunities for landscaping in keeping with the natural elements of cemeteries to provide attractive community assets.

Marlborough District Council thus strives to provide quality facilities for the interment of the deceased in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 1964, by:

  • Developing cemeteries as places of remembrance and historical importance in the district
  • Meeting social and cultural requirements for the provision of cemeteries in the community
  • Maintaining cemeteries as reserves when they have reached capacity

For information regarding cemeteries please email cemeteries@marlborough.govt.nz

Search Interment Records

Interment Records can be viewed using the Cemeteries Search

Cemeteries' Handbook

Our cemeteries handbook provides you with information and guidelines to assist with the smooth running and operation of services in Council-administered cemeteries.

Cemeteries in Marlborough

Council administers the following cemeteries:

See a Map of Cemeteries in Marlborough

See the Cemeteries Bylaw 2017

  • Cemetery Fees

    Fees for interment fees and burial plots.

  • Cemetery Forms

    Cemetery request forms.

  • Cemetery Records Search

    Search Marlborough District Council cemetery records.

  • Fairhall

    Fairhall Cemetery is Marlborough's principal cemetery, located 10 to 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Blenheim, along New Renwick Road.

  • Havelock

    Havelock Cemetery is an historic cemetery with a commanding view of the developing Havelock port and the tidal estuary protected by the hills beyond.

  • Omaka

    Omaka Cemetery is of historic importance.

  • Picton

    Picton Cemetery dates back to the early European settlement of the Marlborough Sounds.

  • Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial

    The Council has adopted a policy through the Cemeteries Bylaw 2017, which means people are able to purchase an exclusive right of burial.

  • Requirements for Installing Headstones or Plaques

    The concrete beam adjacent to any burial or cremation plot, or the allocated garden space for a cremation, is available for the instalment of a memorial.

  • Rural Cemeteries

    There are many smaller cemeteries in rural areas which are administered by local community groups.

  • Tuamarina

    Tuamarina Cemetery is Marlborough's most historic cemetery.