Symonds Street Cemetery
Symonds Street Cemetery in Grafton is one of Auckland’s most historic and unusual public reserves. As well as having grassy open spaces and native forest, it is Auckland’s oldest official cemetery and the final resting place of some of our city’s founders.
Notable graves include those of Captain William Hobson, the first governor of New Zealand and founder of Auckland, and Archibald Clark, who was Auckland’s first mayor and is thought to be responsible for much of the planting around the cemetery.
Waitematā Local Board has a 10-year plan to upgrade the cemetery, which includes creating a walkway around the cemetery, improved maintenance and tree trimming, renewal of pathways and new signage.