Cost of dying in Queenstown is on the up


As if the price of living in the Wakatipu wasn’t bad enough, being buried also costs the earth. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council is hiking cemetery service prices in the Wakatipu Basin from Friday. 

A fee spike in April last year meant families were paying up to 40 per cent more than before to bury and cremate loved ones – and prices have jumped again. 

The price of a single interment has gone from $600 before last April to $850, while double depth interment will rise from $650 to $950. 

But QLDC parks boss Gordon Bailey told the Community Services Committee today the council is playing “catch-up to recover costs”. 

Councils’ policy for cemetery costs are half user-pays, half ratepayer-funded, which wasn’t happening in the past – the actual cost of a double-depth plot is about $950 to prepare. 

The prices apply to the Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Frankton, Kingston, Glenorchy, Skippers, Makaroa and Cardrona cemeteries.

Under council’s Cemetery Bylaw 2010, the district cemetery fees are reviewed yearly.