The Canterbury Memorial Gardens

The Canterbury Memorial Gardens are set aside as a resting place in perpetuity, giving you peace of mind your loved ones will always rest safe in our care.

Beautiful calm environment to visit my family.
Gardens and lawns are amazing.

Letitia Smith

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A peaceful resting place for generations of Cantabrians

The Canterbury Memorial Gardens were established in 1936, by Christchurch man Thomas Loftus Jones. His descendants continued the tradition, helping to manage the gardens for current generations.

Over the years, the gardens have gradually grown to cover 20 acres, creating a delightful rambling park full of tranquil nooks and corners. 9,000 roses are cared for by a team of gardeners skilled in rose husbandry.

Paths meander through mature trees, a rich habitat for birds and a large population of monarch butterflies.

An art deco chapel and crematorium hosts funeral services, memorial gatherings, and cremations.

Video tour of our gardens

Visit the memorial gardens

You’re always welcome to visit your loved one any time. The gardens are here for you. They’re a peaceful, safe environment to stroll, picnic, or gather on a special anniversary. A place for you to remember the people you love through celebration or quiet contemplation.

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Your memorial options

We offer a wide range of beautiful memorial options for all styles and budgets. You can personalise memorials in many ways, adding illustration, a photograph, or a meaningful inscription.

The one thing I always notice when visiting lost loved ones is how beautifully this place is maintained to the highest standards.

Wayne Rhodes

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Request a guided tour of the gardens

We’re always happy to host tours of the memorial gardens and chapel for gardening associations, historical societies, and other interested community groups.

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