School Holiday tours and activities at Karori Cemetery

Karori Cemetery, at 100 acres, is the second largest cemetery in New Zealand, and is the largest by number of interments. Resting within it are six New Zealand Premiers/Prime Ministers, 2 national monuments, three heritage registered buildings, and of course many of Wellington's prominent citizens, as well as those who met their end tragically by drowning or in various other ways such as falling off trams or electrocuting themselves.

The Friends of Karori Cemetery is offering a special tour of some highlights of Karori Cemetery for 5+ year olds during the school holidays. The tour will include the statue of Mrs Chippy, the cat who accompanied the Shackleton expedition of 1914-1917; the plot of Phyllis Symons for whom we toot in the Hataitai tunnel to ensure she knows we care; a national memorial to those who died in the Tangiwai disaster on Christmas Eve 1953; William Ward who was gored by a bull at the railway station, and many other heritage features and stories which appeal to youngsters.

The tours will be available on Wednesday 21 and 28 April, starting at 10.30am, and will take about 1.5 hours. Children must of course be accompanied by a care giver, and the Friends will ensure there are at least two volunteers to assist with management and safety. The tour will be on walking tracks as well as sealed roadways, so appropriate footwear is essential.

Bookings for these tours are required - by email to

Information about meeting place, cancellation arrangements etc. will be provided to those who book.

The Friends are keen to assist young learners to know more about Wellington's heritage and history, so the only charge for these tours will be gold coin donations to the Friends.

Information about these tours will be posted to the Facebook page for the Friends, and in local papers.

Barbara Mulligan

Vice Chair, Friends of Karori Cemetery

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