Right bang in the middle of Auckland City is a real nice old cemetery. I used to cut through the nice top half of Symonds St cemetery often when I lived in Mt Eden and would walk into town at the weekends, but I had never really explored the more wild, hidden section underneath the motorway on the opposite side of the road. Probably becuase its creepy as all hell and I thought I might get murdered, but hey – I gave it a shot a few years back and finally got the film back from the lab for you to enjoy. Spoiler alert! I did not get murdered.

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

This cemetery was the first “official” cemetery in Auckland, which means by New Zealand standards it is hella old. What was once a beautiful, overgrown gully was turned into a cemetery in 1841, which in turn has since had a motorway thrown across the top of it. There is a lot more accurate and interesting history to read about over here.

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

>Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland NZ on 35mm by Dianne Tanner

 

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One thought on “Cemetery Tour | Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland

  1. I love them all – the light is so stunning, the details you’ve spotted are gorgeous and yeah, I love them. I’m going to have to stock up on B&W for Autumn/Winter I think for my 366 project and now I can’t wait :) x

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