Restoration of the Totara cross at Karori Cemetery.
In 1892 a large, 3 metre high, wooden cross made from Totara was erected on a hill overlooking the newly opened Wellington cemetery. It stood very visible to passers-by for over a hundred years until a storm toppled it into nearby trees where it has remained largely intact.
The Friends of Karori cemetery would like to restore the cross back to its original position and ensure it will be visible once again.
It is one of the oldest artefacts at the cemetery to survive and we are asking for contributions to enable work to begin to save this important part of Wellington’s heritage.
For further information about the Friends of Karori Cemetery and the wooden cross see
Supporting the preservation, protection, public interest and enhancement of the heritage, recreational and ecological aspects of the Karori Cemetery.
The restoration would involve removing the cross to a workshop and reinstallation after restoration work has been completed. We have an indicative quote of $3000 to complete this. A memorial specialist who works with the council will be overseeing this.
Upcoming Tours 28 October 2021
To celebrate the restoration of the cross we will be running short tours for our donors/supporters to visit and learn more about the cross at 2.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.00pm on Sunday 7th November. No bookings are required for these tours. Just meet us at the Shelter at Karori Cemetery (300 metres in from the main gate past the crematiorum)