Waikumete Cemetery has operated since 1876 and is the final resting place for over 70,000 people. At 108 hectares, Waikumete is the largest cemetery in New Zealand and it is the single largest expanse of open space within the urban limits of west Auckland. Waikumete is also the Southern Hemisphere’s largest burial ground for service personnel of the World Wars and post-war veterans. Waikumete is an operating cemetery and crematorium, providing opportunities for quiet contemplation, memorialisation and passive recreation.
Waikumete Cemetery is representative of diverse communities of different cultures, faiths, ethnicities and values and provides for a wide range of denominational and cultural groups. Waikumete accommodates a range of different burial types, including garden and lawn memorials, natural burials, family memorial gardens. Waikumete also has a columbarium wall and public and private mausolea.
Waikumete has several heritage buildings including The Chapel of Faith in the Oaks. Built in 1886 and refurbished in 1996, the chapel is often used for weddings, and sometimes for funeral services. Waikumete has a rich history and includes the Erubus Memorial, Holocaust Memorial, New Zealand Influenza Epidemic memorial and ANZAC Cenotaph.