The Hurunui District Council provides and manages nine cemeteries throughout the district.

There is also one closed Council cemetery, the former Jed Cemetery at Gore Bay, as well as various private burial sites. The Department of Conservation administers closed cemetery sites at Conway Flat with Church Property Trustees administering Brackenfield, and St. Paul's, Leithfield.

Cemetery - Earthquake damaged headstones

During the recent earthquake damage occurred to headstones in some of the councils cemeteries mainly Waiau, Cheviot and Rotherham.   

The team is currently making sure the cemeteries are safe until such time as the headstones are repaired. 

In the near future our team will go out and compile a list of headstones damaged during the earthquake.  

Cemetery Records

You can search the Hurunui District Council Cemeteries Database to find where your family and friends are buried (records as at 1 May 2010).


Balcairn Leithfield Rd, Balcairn
Culverden Cemetery Rd, Culverden
Glenmark Church Rd, Waipara
Hanmer Springs Jollies Pass Rd, Hanmer Springs
Homeview Parnassus Rd, Cheviot
Horsley Down Lance Rd, Medbury
Rotherham Davison Rd, Rotherham
Waiau Clarence St, Waiau
Waikari Kellocks Rd, Waikari


Schedule of Fees and Charges


Separate interment charges are made within the various cemeteries as a consequence of differing costs associated with the various contractors.
Prices are reviewed each 3-year term when the sexton contracts are let.


There are three types of plots available for purchase.

All plots may be purchased in advance. A certificate is issued to identify the purchaser, the cemetery, and the plot number.  Please refer to the Fees & Charges schedule, for current prices and our policy on plot refunds

Monumental Work 

Family are permitted to erect a headstone on the berm of a lawn or cremation plot, or on a grave plot. A permit is required to undertake this work.
In most cases the mason appointed by the family will contact us to obtain the permit. However, in the case of the family carrying out the work themselves, they will need to contact us to obtain a permit.
All costs involved with the installation and maintenance of a headstone are the family’s responsibility.
In all cases monuments must comply with the provisions of the Hurunui District Council Bylaw 2016.


The cemetery records are kept at Council offices in Amberley, Cheviot and Culverden. 

Old maps, registers and burial warrants are archived within an easy access system. 
Information from these old records has all been entered into the Council Access database programme, it is now certain that all burial information held by Council has been accessed and that records are up to date.

Cemetery records are a matter of public record and are available for inspection.  It is now also common to receive inquiries regarding the whereabouts of past family members by those interested in genealogy.
The creation of the Council Access database programme now means that all inquiries can be met with minimal delay, in often emotional circumstances for the customer.  Total customer satisfaction is now provided by:

Plans detailing plot numbers and a list of interments are available in the shelter kiosks at the Balcairn, Glenmark, Hanmer Springs and Homeview Cemeteries.

It is the Council's intention to provide shelter kiosks and information boards in the remaining five cemeteries.