Leave life naturally

Latest News

Autumn 2016

  1. The news we've been waiting for! Waikumete Cemetery is planning a new natural cemetery site within its precinct. More soon.
  2. Sites also under discussion in Thames and Christchurch
  3. Welcome Marlborough Cemetery, now a certified Natural Cemetery.

Call us on 0800 525 500 for more information.

Register for a natural burial here


Register for a plot at our cemeteries NOW: 0800 525 500

Natural Burials is a not for profit voluntary organisation based in New Zealand.

We promote, certify and monitor cemeteries, casket makers and funeral directors for their adherance to our standards, and advise consumers on their rights.

We are working on the creation of natural cemeteries across the country (list of all NZ natural cemeteries establish and in planning here).

  • Register your interest for Wellington, Marlborough, Carterton, Kapiti, or New Plymouth, and get a free living will, here.
  • Learn more about the concept of natural burials and cemeteries, here.
  • Check whether your local cemetery, funeral directors or preferred casket is certified by us - see panel on the right

    Being buried naturally means nature’s own processes to do their work, returning your body to the soil completely in only a matter of years.

    Your financial and bodily contribution helps restore the cemetery into a beautiful native forest or ecosystem suited to the location, which will stay that way in perpetuity.

    We offer consulting to Councils for a small fee to help them set up cemeteries. We are uniquely qualified. Since we were formed in 1999, we have undertaken the most scientific research ever conducted by one organisation into issues related to burials.

    Thanks for your interest in our work.

    Mark Blackham, Founder - Natural Burials








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    Choose a Certified Cemetery

    Wellington, Otaki, Carterton, New Plymouth, Marlborough.

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    In planning: Palmerston North, Christchurch.


    Choose a natural casket

    Choose from caskets that meet our standard. Buy these direct from our certified funeral directors or you can order through us.

    »Go to casket catalog

    See the casket standard


    Choose a Certified Funeral Director


    Harbour City Funerals

    Wilson Funeral Home


    Broadbent & May

    Ninness Funeral Home (Porirua and Paraparaumu)

    Guardian Funeral Home

    Gee and Hickton


    Cloudy Bay Funerals

    Geoffrey T Sowman Funerals

    Choice Funerals


    IC Mark

    Kapiti Coast Funeral Home

    Waikanae Funeral Home

    Harvey Bowler

    New Plymouth


    Vospers Funeral Home


    State of Grace


    Buy a Natural Wishes, Living Will.

    If you don't want to register just yet, at least tell your family and friends what you want if you are dying or deceased, by buying our Living Will. It's also a small way of making a donation to our not for profit work.

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