Burials and interment options
Choosing an interment option that best suits you or your family is something you will likely wish to discuss with family, friends, your funeral director or Council.
In broad terms there are two main interment options available at our cemeteries, while natural burials are also available at Taupō Cemetery.
- Standard casket burial (for burial of the body)
- Ash burial (for burial of the cremated body)
- Natural burial (for burial of the body in a shallow grave using natural coverings)
Before a burial or interment of ashes can commence, a burial warrant permit must be received from Council.
If you already have a plot reserved, we will ask you to provide us with the cemetery, area, row and plot number from your permit application.
If you are looking for an available plot, you can search our online cemeteries database or call us on 07 376 0899 to discuss preferences and availability.
Our cemeteries operate a 7-day a week interment service with a minimum of one day's notice.
To apply for a burial warrant for a casket burial in the Taupō, Tūrangi or Mangakino cemetery, complete our online application form or call us on 07 376 0899.
Once an application is submitted we will check through the details and if we require any additional information we will contact you.
You will receive confirmation of the issued burial warrant by email along with the invoice for any applicable plot or interment fees.
Apply for a burial warrant for a casket burial
To apply for a burial warrant for a casket burial, complete our online application form or call us on 07 376 0899.
Interment of ashes
To apply for a burial warrant for an ash interment in the Taupō, Tūrangi or Mangakino cemetery, complete our online application form or call us on 07 376 0899.
On receipt of a burial warrant, the ashes of a person may be buried in the following places:
- specific ash plots set aside for that purpose
- in a specific burial plot where exclusive rights have been purchased and the owner has been given consent.
- up to six interments of ashes may be made in the larger Opepe Cremation plots on receipt of the appropriate permit, and up to two interments in other cremation plot areas.
Apply for a burial warrant for an ash interment
To apply for a burial warrant for an ash interment, complete our online application form or call us on 07 376 0899.
Natural burials at Taupō Cemetery
The natural burial area at Taupō Cemetery is planted in an open grid pattern, allowing mourners to access plots and also maintenance persons. This will provide shelter and a healthy nursery crop to better ensure the survival of your tree, chosen from the following options:
- Sophora tetraptera – Kowhai
- Podocarpus totara – Totara
- Fuscospora cliffortioides – Mountain Beech
- Weinmannia racemose – Kamahi
- Cordyline australis – Tikouka
- Fuchsia excorticata – Kōtukutuku
Ecosystem restoration plans determine the location of plots in order to achieve the regeneration aims. Therefore plots cannot be reserved and are allocated sequentially.
Only the use of H3 treated wooden markers is allowed. These markers should be placed at the time or within the first week of burial, centrally located at the head of the plot. Permanent individual memorials, monuments and associated items must not be placed within our natural burial area.
Enquiries about natural burials
For more information about natural burials or to arrange a guided tour of the natural burial area at Taupō Cemetery, please call us on 07 376 0899 or email email@example.com.
Pre-purchase of plots
You can make an application to reserve and pre-purchase a plot for a future casket burial or ash interment. Up to four burial plots or up to two cremation plots may be pre-purchased. If you would like to reserve and pre-purchase more than this number of plots, prior consent must be obtained from Taupō District Council.
Before completing an application you should know the cemetery, area, row and plot number details of the plot you wish to reserve.
Apply to reserve and pre-purchase a plot
To make an application to reserve and pre-purchase a plot for a future casket burial or ash interment, complete our online application form or call us on 07 376 0899.