Community Cemeteries

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Thames' Totara community cemetery

We manage 13 cemeteries within the Thames-Coromandel District. Of these, seven are currently open for burials, while six other cemeteries are no longer operational. 

Most cemeteries operating in the Thames-Coromandel District cater mostly for lawn plot burials, which means that you must not plant vegetation or place structures, borders or any items on the plot itself.

Each community within the district is serviced by at least one operational cemetery.


  • Buffalo Cemetery (Coromandel)
    149 Buffalo Rd, Coromandel
  • Colville Cemetery
    84 Wood Rd, Colville

Mercury Bay

  • Mercury Bay Cemetery
    1138 Purangi Rd, Ferry Landing


  • Tairua and Serviceman's Cemetery
    16 Main Rd, SH25, Tairua 


  • Totara Memorial Park (Thames)
    110 Te Arapipi Rd, Totara
  • Omahu Cemetery (Thames Valley)
    17 Wharepoa Rd, Wharepoa 


  • Whangamata Cemetery
    2745 SH25 Whangamata-Waihi Rd, Whangamata

The following are disused cemeteries within our district that we hold historic records for:

  • Shortland Cemetery (Thames)
  • Tararu Cemetery (Thames)*
  • Tapu Cemetery (Thames Coast)
  • Tairua Historical Cemetery
  • Allan Block Cemetery (Whangamata)
  • Kuaotunu Cemetery

For all cemetery-related matters, please contact our Customer Services team. This includes organising burials, asking for historical information to assist with genealogy enquiries and requests for service regarding the operation and maintenance of the cemeteries.

*Tararu Historical Cemetery cemetery is currently closed until further notice, potentially until September 2020. The drought has caused vegetation on the high slopes above the access path to die off and there is a high volume of dirt and rocks falling on the stairway, making it inaccessible. Clearing the path is a short term measure that will not have lasting effects. Slippage of material will continue even with rainfall. The cemetery is not safe to access at this time.