Marsden Valley Cemetery

Opening/Closing Hours
Winter months: 7.30am - 6.00pm
During daylight saving: 7.30am - 8.00pm

Opening/Closing Hours

Winter months: 7.30am - 6.00pm
During daylight saving: 7.30am - 8.00pm

About Marsden Valley Cemetery

Situated in the Marsden Valley, behind Stoke, this is the main cemetery in Nelson city. It caters for burials and has a Memorial Walk of plaques for those who have been cremated.

Marsden Valley Cemetery was opened in 1956, but many of the large trees, including the redwoods on the Memorial Walk, were planted over 90 years ago.

People who opt for cremation may still decide to purchase a burial plot so they can have a full sized headstone, rather than a smaller plaque on the Memorial Walk; or you can have a name added to a family member¹s headstone in the ashes burial area.

Marsden Valley is a lawn cemetery and there are guidelines about the size and type of headstone which fit in with the concept of a mown lawn park.

There is an RSA section which is limited to service members and to the standard memorial plaque which is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The RSA can supply more information about arranging these plaques.

There is a children's area at Marsden Valley. A flowering cherry tree has been planted in an area set aside for people to leave toys and flowers in memory of their little ones. This keeps these items clear of the mown lawns.

How we deal with the death of babies is a lot more informed these days, but please note that the Council does not have records of babies buried in an area formerly set aside for stillbirths.

The Marsden Valley Cemetery is mown regularly. Mowing times are advertised in the days before Christmas, so flowers placed at that time do not have to be removed.

For ease of locating graves, a computerised touchscreen is available at the Cemetery Office near the main entrance. Simply tap in the name of the deceased person/s on the screen and you will be provided with the burial plot and area. A brochure with a map is available next to the touchscreen to assist with locating the grave. Please note that this service is available to the public during Cemetery Office after hours.

View a map of Marsden Valley Cemetery (177KB PDF)

Marsden Valley Cemetery Natural Burial Tree Guide

Below are the trees and plants allowed on the natural burial sites at Marsden Valley Cemetery.

Botanical Name Common Name
Alectryon excelsus tītoki
Aristotelia serrata makomako, wineberry
Carpodetus serratus putaputawētā, marble leaf
Cordyline australis tī kouka, cabbage tree
Dacrydium cupressinum rimu, red pine
Dodonaea viscosa akeake
Elaeocarpus dentatus hīnau
Elaeocarpus hookerianus pōkākā
Fuchsia excorticata kōtukutuku, tree fuchsia
Griselinia littoralis papauma, broadleaf
Griselinia lucida puka
Kunzea ericoides kānuka
Leptospermum scoparium mānuka, teatree
Lophomyrtus bullata ramarama
Macropiper excelsum kawakawa
Melicytus ramiflorus māhoe, whiteywood
Myoporum laetum ngaio
Myrsine australis māpou
Nestegis cunninghamii black maire
Nestegis lanceolata white maire
Nothofagus fusca red beech, tawhairaunui
Nothofagus menziesii tawhai, silver beech
Nothofagus solandri var. solandri tawhairauriki, black beech
Olearia paniculata akiraho, golden akeake
Olearia rani heketara
Pennantia corymbosa kaikōmako
Phyllocladus aff. alpinus forest toatoa
Pittosporum eugenioides tarata, lemonwood
Pittosporum tenuifolium kōhūhū
Podocarpus hallii thin-barked tōtara
Prumnopitys ferruginea miro
Prumnopitys taxifolia mataī, black pine
Pseudopanax arboreus whauwhaupaku, five-finger
Pseudopanax crassifolius horoeka, lancewood
Schefflera digitata patē, seven finger
Weinmannia racemosa kamahi
Cordyline banksii tī ngahere, forest cabbage tree
Melicytus lanceolatus māhoe wao
Nothofagus truncata hututawai, hard beech
Phyllocladus trichomanoides tānekaha
Pseudopanax macintyrei limestone fivefinger
Sophora longicarinata limestone kōwhai
Sophora microphylla kōwhai