Waikumete Cemetery was established in 1886 and is the final resting place for over 70,000 people.
The Chapel of Faith in the Oaks was built in 1886 as a mortuary chapel and was used until the larger chapel was built in 1952. It is available for hire for religious services.
Waikumete is home to a number of prominent historical areas including the Erebus Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, NZ Influenza Epidemic memorial and the ANZAC Cenotaph.
Some of the notable people buried at the cemetery include:
Albert Asher (1879-1965), rugby union and rugby league footballer
James Crichton (1879–1961), recipient of the Victoria Cross
Tuna Scanlan (1934-2014), boxer of the 1950s and ’60s
Samuel Shrimski (1828–1902), politician from Oamaru