Whenua Tapu Cemetery AND CREMATORIUM

This page describes Whenua Tapu Cemetery and Crematorium owned and managed by Porirua City Council.

Whenua Tapu Cemetery is located on State Highway 1 between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay. Its tranquil and peaceful native bush setting is an ideal environment for reflection and remembrance. It is in two parts - original Eastern Division and the newer Western Division, separated by the main trunk railway line.

The cemetery offers a variety of burial and cremation options, including a children's section, an RSA section, a memorial plaque wall, a lawn or garden area.

Aerial Photos

The photos below show you the general layout of the cemetery.

Whenua Tapu Cemetery - Aerial view.
Aerial view of Whenua Tapu Cemetery looking west, showing the Eastern Division in the foreground, and Western Division in the background over the railway line.

Aerial view of Western Division of Whenua Tapu Cemetery.
Aerial view of Western Division of Whenua Tapu Cemetery looking east, showing the layout. This Division is accessed by driving over the bridge over the railway line.

Closeup photos

Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking south.
Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking south from Servicemens section.

Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking north.
Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking north over lawn plaque section.

Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking south.
Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking south over monumental section.

Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking east.
Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking over the Servicemens section.

Monumental section at Whenua Tapu Cemetery.
Whenua Tapu - Eastern Division, looking north over the monumental section.

View of RSA Monument, Whenua Tapu Cemetery.
RSA Monument.

View of RSA Monument, Whenua Tapu Cemetery.
RSA Monument.

Whenua Tapu Cemetery - Western Division, looking south.
Whenua Tapu Cemetery - Western Division, looking south.

Whenua Tapu Cemetery - Western Division, Kea section.
Whenua Tapu Cemetery - Western Division, Kea section.

Whenua Tapu Crematorium

Entrance to Whenua Tapu Cemetery and Crematorium.
Entrance to Whenua Tapu Crematorium.

Inside the Chapel at Whenua Tapu Cemetery.
View inside the Crematorium Chapel.

The Whenua Tapu Chapel seats around 90 people. With its natural timbered ceilings and views to the gardens, the Chapel is a tranquil spot ideal for an intimate funeral or memorial service. The Chapel can be hired in 30 minute time slots for a pre-committal/burial service, and refreshments.

Memorial Plaque Wall

View of Memorial Plaque Wall at Whenua Tapu Crematorium.
View of Memorial Plaque Wall at Whenua Tapu Crematorium.

View of Memorial Plaque Wall at Whenua Tapu Crematorium.
View of Memorial Plaque Wall at Whenua Tapu Crematorium.

Applications for a memorial plaque are made with Council along with payment of a small fee. See our Fees and Charges page for details.

Map of Eastern Division

This map shows the layout for the Eastern Division of the Whenua Tapu Cemetery, with individual maps showing which appear in database search results. This map is just to show you the layout of the cemetery and is not designed for detailed viewing. When you display an individual search result in the database, click the View Map button to go to a web page where you can download the correct map for viewing and printing.

Whenua Tapu Map - Eastern Division.

Map of Western Division

This map shows the layout for the Western Division of the Whenua Tapu Cemetery. This map is just to show you the layout of the cemetery and is not designed for detailed viewing. When you display an individual search result from the cemetery database, click the View Map button to go to a web page where you can download the correct map for viewing and printing.

Map of Western Division of Whenua Tapu Cemetery.

Links to more information

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