The Huntly Ghost Bride

There are stories that tell of a mysterious alleged ghost ”bride”, that is witnessed from time to time standing , or wandering along the railway tracks adjacent to the Huntly Cemetery located along State Highway one; about an hour south from Auckland. She has been described as wearing a long, all white dress or gown,… Continue reading The Huntly Ghost Bride

Waikumete Cemetery visit

Some of the team spent a good few hours treking the hilly terrain of the vast Waikumete Cemetery last night. We gained official permission to spend time in the cemetery after hours. This is a rare privilege that we are grateful for; many thanks to Waikumete Cemetery management. Also a big thank you to John… Continue reading Waikumete Cemetery visit

O’Neill’s Point Cemetery – Bayswater, Auckland

Devonport (O’Neill’s Point) Cemetery contains the official war graves of 41 men who served in the New Zealand forces and 1 man who served with the UK forces during the First World War and who died before 1 September 1921. The cemetery was opened in 1891 and is located in King Edward Avenue, Belmont, Auckland.… Continue reading O’Neill’s Point Cemetery – Bayswater, Auckland

Northern Cemetery – Dunedin

Northern Cemetery, Dunedin is located just a short distance from the Octogon and is situated beside the Botanic Gardens in Lovelock Ave. Since the cemetery opened in 1872, over 17,700 people have been buried there. The wealth generated during the goldrush years is evident within the cemetery with some very impressive tombstones on some of… Continue reading Northern Cemetery – Dunedin

Mangere Presbyterian Church

The Mangere Presbyterian Church is constructed in the late “timber Gothic” style and was built in 1874. It is registered for protection by Manukau City as a Category Two historic building. The church was originally constructed for $440 on land donated by Mr Robert Wallace. Famous members of the church include Robert Wallace himself, along… Continue reading Mangere Presbyterian Church

Tokoroa Cemetery – Tokoroa

It is traditionally recorded that one of the great fighting chiefs of the Ngati Kahupungapunga, Tokoroa by name, was slain by Ngâti Raukawa during the siege of Pohuturoa, a high rocky eminence 27km south of Tokoroa on the main Taupo highway. It is probable that some early surveyor applied the name Tokoroa as a tribute… Continue reading Tokoroa Cemetery – Tokoroa

Featherston Cemetery – Featherston

The first civilian burials were in the 1860s. From the establishment of Tauherenikau Camp in August 1915, soldiers who died during training were generally buried at Featherston Cemetery. In December 1917 an obelisk on the south-western corner of the cemetery was erected by men at Featherston Military Camp, commemorating military deaths during training. About 20… Continue reading Featherston Cemetery – Featherston

Karori Cemetery – Wellington

Karori Cemetery is New Zealand’s second largest burial ground, covering nearly 40 hectares. It was the final resting place of about 83,000 people. Today, it is a wealth of Wellington history and a peaceful place to visit. The cemetery was established in 1891 to replace the overcrowded Bolton Street Cemetery. The cemetery filled quickly and… Continue reading Karori Cemetery – Wellington