Northern Cemetery

Northern Cemetery, Dunedin: Address, Northern Cemetery Reviews: 4.5/5

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Jane
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Dec. 2020
I was very keen to see the Northern Cemetry after I'd heard about the devastating loss of so many historic roses a few years ago, but the Otago Heritage Rose Group have done an unbelievably great job restoring the history and atmosphere in this gem, high in the hills overlooking the city. December was a wonderful time to see the old roses wind their way around the historic monuments to our pioneering past. Many old families, like the Larnachs and Thomas Bracken (of National anthem fame) rest here amongst the ancient trees and beautiful headstones.. and the lovely information sheets, help one to find their way around- I could have stayed all day.
Written 10 February 2021
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Tam E
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Dec. 2020 • Couples
Atmosphere. Heritage. Nature. Heritage roses. A place to reflect. A place to treasure.
What a credit to the Heritage rose group for their Herculean labour of love to reinstate the heritage roses after their unfortunate loss. Thank you to the council for their help and ongoing support in maintaining this local and national treasure.
Written 9 February 2021
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Rosemary
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Dec. 2020
I have recently visited the Northern Cemetery, and was blown away by the work that Heritage Roses Otago members have put into the area. They have planted and tended so many roses which adds so much the the wonderful site this cemetery is on. What beautiful views of the city from many spots. The Heritage Roses are very fitting for a cemetery with so much history.
Written 9 February 2021
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susan o
Taranaki82 contributions
Dec. 2020
I was fortunate to visit Dunedin Northern Cemetery on 12 December, where over 1000 heritage roses were doing their best to impress. And impress they did! This cemetery really is a "must see" if you are lucky enough to be visiting Dunedin. It has amazing headstones of many different styles, telling stories about Dunedin's forebears.The terrain is undulating, making for interesting vistas and landscape. The brochures that are available make for an enjoyable ramble. The cemetery is very conveniently located - you can pop across the road to the beautiful Botanical Gardens and bird aviaries. I was surprised to learn that this is probably the only cemetery of its era in NZ that was not laid out in denominations and a grid like pattern. Rather, it was especially laid out to denote a park-like setting, and park -like it definitely is. There are masses of established trees providing great structure and setting off the roses so beautifully. Don't miss this Dunedin treasure. Check out Facebook Roses of the Dunedin Northern Cemetery page for more details as well as the Facebook Dunedin Northern Cemetery page for some glorious photos of the roses doing their best to impress (thanks Sophie Barker for posting those lovely shots - my photos could not compare - hence none posted here by me!)
Written 5 January 2021
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Robyne S
Dunedin, New Zealand58 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Friends
A working bee by Heritage Roses volunteers getting the cemetery ready for the 20th Birthday Celebrations in 2020.
Written 14 December 2020
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chrisandbarbara
Dunedin, New Zealand144 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Went for a walk in old Northern Cemetery (1872 began) and saw Thomas Bracken’s grave - he wrote national anthem “God Defend New Zealand” and was the first to use the phrase “God’s own Country”. Also saw memorial to Maori prophet Te Au Haumene who in 1860s founded movement Good and Peaceful (Pai Mairire) to deliver country from Pakeha domination. This cemetery is steeped in New Zealand history and commands a view over the city and harbour and is a special place to visit.
Written 4 February 2020
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Rick M
Wellington, New Zealand1,266 contributions
Apr. 2019
This cemetery, along with the Southern Cemetery, has been around since the early days of Dunedin. All the great figures of Dunedin society are buried here, including Larnach, so it is really fascinating to wander around looking at the inscriptions. The Council look after the grounds really well, and the Historic Cemeteries Society keep the headstones and plots tidy. Recommended for a visit.
Written 30 October 2019
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brentling
NZ338 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Family
This has the Larnach "tomb" with all that money, still killed himself and still dead. But it's cool to visit. Pleasant cemetery to walk around with lots of old old plots.
Written 10 April 2019
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Halina B
3 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Solo
A unique place on a hill, from where you can see the Logan Park and the bay. Dunedin's story and more. Of particular interest are family tombs and inscriptions on them. The history of New Zealand from the early 19th century. Unique place. I highly recommend
Written 4 February 2018
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Family
There is a mini chapel as a tomb and is right next to the Botanical Gardens, the reason for the lower mark is not for the way the cemetery is kept or the age of the tombstones which my children enjoyed. For those who visit cemetery's do visit, but we stumbled upon it.
Written 20 December 2017
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