A Visit to Te Henui Cemetery

During our trip to New Zealand in the late fall of 2018 my wife and I made time to visit the Te Henui Cemetery in the city of New Plymouth. The first question that many of you may be asking yourselves is why someone would visit a cemetery when on a holiday.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 20 mm, efov 54 mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-400

While in New Zealand we watched a feature item on the television news about the great work that a group of dedicated volunteers do at Te Henui Cemetery. That piqued our curiosity and we decided to visit during our time in New Plymouth.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 18 mm, efov 48.6 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-800

The Te Henui Cemetery is also known as the New Plymouth Cemetery. It is the oldest public cemetery in the city and has been used since 1861. A walk past many of the gravestones provides a fascinating look into the history of New Zealand in this part of the country.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 18 mm, efov 48.6 mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-400

While occasional burials still occur on family plots in the Te Henui Cemetery, plots are no longer available for purchase to the public. The cemetery now mainly has a heritage function.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 14 mm, efov 37.8 mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400

A number of years ago the Te Henui Cemetery fell into a rather tired state due to a lack of upkeep. The local council needed to decide what to do with the facility. Through the efforts of the council and a group of local volunteers the Te Henui Cemetery underwent a significant rejuvenation. Numerous trees were planted and the grounds were lovingly enhanced.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 62 mm, efov 167.4 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-800, extension tube used

Today NPDC horticulture staff and a group of active volunteer gardeners tend to this award-winning cemetery. My wife and I enjoyed our time exploring the Te Henui Cemetery. It was a great place to learn about some of the local history. And, as you’ll see from the many flower images in this article, it presented many other photographic opportunities.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 49 mm, efov 132.3 mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-800, extension tube used
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 46 mm, efov 124.2 mm, f/5, 1/320, ISO-1600, extension tube used
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 50 mm, efov 135 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 62 mm, efov 167.4 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-800, extension tube used
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 56 mm, efov 151.2 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 29 mm, efov 78.3 mm, f/5.3, 1/1600, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 87 mm, efov 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-400

If you visit New Zealand and enjoy flower photography we would recommend a visit to the Te Henui Cemetery. It is located at 173 Lemon Street in New Plymouth.

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All photographs in this article were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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