Buller District Council


The Buller District Council administers four cemeteries in Westport, Mokihinui, Cronadun and Reefton.

Council cemeteries currently available for interment are:

  • Orowaiti Cemetery – Utopia Road, Westport
  • Mokihinui Cemetery – Lewis Street, Mokihinui
  • Reefton Suburban Cemetery – Buller Road, Reefton
  • Boatmans Cemetery – Boatmans Road, Cronadun
  • Karamea Cemetery – Oparara Loop Road, Karamea (run by a Board of Trustees)
    Karamea Cemetery Site Plan and Register(435Kb)

Some plot numbers in the search database are duplicated (dependant on the year of interment) and therefore when you click on ‘other interments’ it does not necessarily mean that all people listed as ‘other interments’ are buried in the exact same plot. If you have any queries please contact our Customer Services team on 0800 807 239.

To search the cemetery database online – click here.
To see a PDF of the Orowaiti New Cemetery plots – click here.
For instructions on how to search the Orowaiti New Cemetery plots PDF – click here.


Cemetery burial records for Westport and surrounding areas are held at the Council office on Brougham Street, Westport. Cemetery records for Reefton are held at the Reefton Service Centre, Broadway, Reefton. Records for the Lyell Cemeteries are not available online.

For after hours information contact:
Westport i-SITE Visitor Centre, 123 Palmerston Street, Westport
Hours: Saturday–Sunday, 10am–4pm
Phone: +64 3 789 6658

The following is a list of closed cemeteries in the Buller District:

  • Middle Orowaiti Cemetery, Utopia Road/State Highway 67, Westport
  • Old Orowaiti Cemetery, State Highway 67, Westport
  • Old Reefton Cemetery, State Highway 69, Buller Road, Reefton
  • Waimangaroa Cemetery, Pottingers Road, Waimangaroa
  • Charleston Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Charleston
  • Inangahua Cemetery, State Highway 69, Inangahua
  • Addisons Flat Cemetery, State Highway 6, Westport
  • Lyell Cemetery, Lyell Creek, State Highway 6
  • Lyell Cemetery, Roadside State Highway 6

For further Genealogy information please contact:

Westport Genealogy and History Group

Westport i-SITE & Coaltown Museum
Palmerston Street

Open: 1pm – 3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Email: westportgenealogy@xtra.co.nz

Alternatively, you can contact the group secretary:

Lyn Doncliff
3 Coates Street
Westport 7825
03 789 7122

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