Thames (NZ): Cemetery Information

TARARU CEMETERY:
 A 'walks' brochure is available at The Treasury for a small charge - that guides you through he cemetery and points out a little background on some of the Thamesites interred at the cemetery.
 An article giving background on the cemetery is available at The Treasury Journal.
LOCATION: 350m north of the Tararu Creek Bridge on the Thames Coast Road (SH 25) 
PARKING: Limited – via the Cemetery access driveway
ACCESS: From the road, up a driveway, then up approx. 100 steps. Open all hours (see photos below)
MANAGEMENT: The Cemetery is classed as ‘Disused,’ and is managed by the Thames-Coromandel District Council

KEY EVENTS:
·        1873 First burials at Tararu
·        1875 Tanutanu Block purchased from the 6 Maori landowners
·        Layout designed by Mr R J McFarland in 1875 with room for 650 graves over 8 acres of land
·        Number of interments – nearly 1000
 
 

**Look-ups and Information available on Tararu Cemetery - Email Graeme**

 
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ACCESS to Tararu Cemetery:
People often ask what is the access like, the photos below show the zig-zag access, plenty of rest areas, as you proceed to the top. (Thanks to Graeme)



Above: different views of the Tararu Cemetery and the access steps - looking from Tararu, up the steps and down!

Extra Information:
Cemetery records and headstone photographs available at The Treasury.
Cemetery Records at The Thames Library
Blog entries for Tararu Cemetery: Cemetery gates, Death Certificates