Caskets or Coffins?

Coffin is the term that has traditionally been used in England and refers to a shaped casket that is wider at the shoulders and more pointed at the feet. A casket is an oblong (rectangle) shape and commonly seen in the United States of America. In New Zealand we use casket to describe both shapes as it is seen as a more modern and less oppressive word.


We provide a variety of caskets including solid timber or particle board/MDF. The finish of the caskets can be: solid oak, rimu or pine, oak and maple vinyl veneers or painted in any colour you choose. There is also a range of caskets available with vinyl transfers that you may choose if they reflect the personality of the person who has died.

Children's caskets are either oblong or shaped. They may be supplied as natural radiata pine or painted in the traditional white; however we can arrange for them to be painted in any colour you wish.


Untreated radiata pine caskets are available from a renewable resource that supports our local economy. Some modern-style caskets have also been produced based on environmentally friendly principles.

Families who wish to choose a casket can visit and select from our range of caskets on display. You can also visit the Ecofunerals website to view some of the options:



“Both my sister and I felt we had a large part in the decision making process with none of the stress.”

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