Weekdays and Saturday mornings but can be opened at other times as agreed with the Cremator Operator who can be contacted on 03 545 1139.
About Wakapuaka Crematorium
The Council owns the crematorium and contracts out its operation. There are two cremators and a chapel. Families are able to use the chapel for committal services, but most people in Nelson tend to opt for services in churches or funeral directors' chapels.
There are some myths and rumours about what happens at crematoriums. It is helpful to know the facts about our Nelson crematorium:
- Cremations are held on the same day of the funeral service, or by arrangement immediately after the service.
- The entire coffin is burnt, handles are made of combustible material.
- Ashes are available immediately if the family requires them.
- The cremators burn at a very high temperature and are cleaned out between cremations.
The crematorium is open weekdays and Saturday mornings, but can be opened at other times by request. Wherever possible people's requests are met, for example some ethnic groups routinely attend the actual cremation.
The phone number for Wakapuaka Crematorium is 03 545 1139.