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    Friends of Karori Cemetery: Hangman's Noose Tour (1 June 2024)

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    Hangman's Noose Tour

    In total, 85 people have been executed for crime in New Zealand with the first in 1842 and the last in 1957. Seventeen of those men were executed in Wellington and 11 are buried in Karori Cemetery.  This walking tour will visit some of their graves to account their crimes, trials and convictions. It will also visit the plots of some of the victims.

    The graves are unmarked and placed in remote and disparate locations making this a tour about 2 hours long. The route is 2.5km and requires reasonable physical fitness due to the steep terrain and unsealed paths in places.

    The tour contains a number of adult themes and some graphic descriptions and so is not suitable for everyone.

    Each tour is $10 per person (plus non-refundable booking fee). Children under 12 are free.

    Our tour has a maximum capacity of about 15 persons. If there are insufficient tickets remaining for your party, please email us at to check if we can accommodate you.

    Please note:

    • This tour requires reasonable physical fitness and sadly is not suited for those with limited mobility. 
    • If we have to cancel a tour due to inclement weather or sickness, we will notify you on the day by 9am by email and on our Facebook page. The booking fee is non-refundable.
    • Please dress appropriately for the conditions. While we do our best to guide you on a safe walking route, during the winter months the ground can become slippery in places.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Karori Cemetery.

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    Refund policy

    We'll refund you the ticket cost if the tour is cancelled. Booking fee is non-refundable.