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Cemeteries and Crematorium Fees and Charges

The Council charges cover the exclusive right of burial, digging and filling in of the grave, inspection of the headstone or plaque to ensure it complies with maintenance requirements, and a percentage of the ongoing cost of cemetery upkeep. Most people pay for this through the funeral director, rather than directly to council. The full cost of running the cemeteries is subsidised from the rates as part of the community's responsibility to provide this service.

Prices are for 2021/22 and include GST.

Burial Plot Fees
Single plot 2.4m x 1.2m
Single plot 2.0m x 0.9m - Child 1-12 years
Single plot for Child under 1 year old and stillborn No charge
Out of Nelson District - additional fee on any plot
Burial Interment Fees
Burial - Adult
Burial - Child 1-12 years
Burial - Child under 1 year including stillborn
Burial Disinterment $2,705
Burial Reinterment
Weekend -  additional fee on any burial  (Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm with agreement from the operator.) $236
Public holiday additional fee on any burial with agreement from the operator $609
Ash Plot Fees
a) For burial of cremated remains in an ashes plot, Memorial Walk - Marsden Valley Cemetery 1.2m x 0.6m (up to 4)
b) For burial of cremated remains in an ashes plot in a beam 1.2m x 0.6m (up to 2) ashes, kerbs and wall; Marsden Valley, Seaview, Hira and Wakapuaka Cemeteries
c) Bellbird ashes lawn family plot (up to eight)
d) Out of district - additional fee on any ashes plot
e) Memorial kerb plaque only (Marsden Cemetery) $256
Ash Interment Fees
Ash Interment
Ash Disinterment
Weekend additional fee on any ash interment (Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm)
Public holiday - additional fee on any ash interment with agreement from the operator
Other service charges
Late fee applies where a burial or ashes interment extends on-site after 3.30pm on a weekday or after 2.00pm on a Saturday or Sunday
$268 per hour
Records: Genealogical Research - the first hour is free, thereafter a single charge is due.
$69 per hour
Transfer of interest: For transfer of interest in any purchase of exclusive right of burial in any plot
Approval of installation of plaque: Plaques are to meet the Council's specifications and bylaws $81
Cremation - Hire
Adult Cremation (13 years or older)
Adult Cremation - after hours (after 3.30pm) or on a Saturday with agreement from operator
Adult Cremation Sunday or Public holiday with agreement from operator $915
Oversize Caskets $794
Child Cremation (1 - 12 years) $488
Child Cremation - after hours (after 3.30pm) or on a Saturday with agreement from operator $550
Child Cremation Sunday or Public holidays with agreement from operator $609
Stillborn/Newborn (under 1 year old) No charge
Chapel Hire - Full Service (30 minutes to 2 hours) *
Chapel Hire - Committal of up to 15 minutes * $58

* The Chapel’s standard hours are 9am - 4pm

Please note: The Crematorium at Wakapuaka, operated by Nelson City Council does not offer a pet cremation service.   A privately operated pet cremation service is available to veterinarians and the public. 


Application to Install Headstone or Plaque Cemetery (81KB PDF)

Cemetery fees pamphlet (459KB PDF)