I am pre-planning my funeral, how do I make sure I get what I want?

The easiest way is to print out our  Certificate of wishes and keep it with your closest family. You can use it to specify more than just the casket you want – consider music, flowers (or not), celebrant, location of ceremony – what ever you like (it’s your funeral!).


Where can I buy Return to Sender caskets in New Zealand?

We supply to all New Zealand funeral directors. For those who don’t carry stock we freight overnight (week days) to North Island locations. We also store popular models in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for urgent dispatch.

How much is a casket?

Return to Sender caskets generally retail between $600 and $4,000+ depending on model and accessories you choose.     

  The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand has an online form to request funeral cost estimates from Funeral Homes within your area. 




What are the dimensions of the caskets?

Return to Sender caskets are generous in size and tend to fit 95% of the population.  The majority of our traditional styled caskets are sized from a standard size up to an XXOS.
Please contact us for more details.

How can using rimu be sustainable?

Rimu for the Archetype comes from  sustainably managed native forests. A small number of trees are harvested, ensuring that the rate at which the trees are removed is geared to the forest’s capacity to replace them. Natures balance in the forest is maintained by a number of programmes including:

Nurturing the eco-system – The forest ecosystem is mapped and a plan generated to enhance regeneration and all round health. This plan manages flora, fauna, waterways, pest control (Possums eat 24,000 tonnes of forest vegetation per day in NZ) and tree health.

Natural Regeneration – This is helped by gathering some seeds and propagating them in a nursery before replanting in the areas from which their seeds originated. During harvest, the forests are studied to ensure trees are felled from areas that will benefit from increased light and water penetration (through the canopy). A variety of ages of tree are taken to ensure nature’s balance is maintained. All trees are tagged and traced for forest and yield management.

We acknowledge that the world has needs greater than those that can be provided by carefully managed natural forests but plantation forests such as pine do not support biodiversity and can have negative effects on the soil when harvested. Proceeds from rimu sales contribute to the maintenance of our native forests as illustrated above – we feel this is important and will continue to support it.

Do we have natural burial grounds in New Zealand?


There are a number of natural burial grounds around now which provide another choice for families wanting to keep the environmental footprint as small as possible.

Visit the Natural Burials website for more information on how to have a natural burial in New Zealand.

Which Funeral Director should I choose?

Funeral Directors are professionals entrusted to carry out the wishes of the family when a death occurs. Return to Sender supplies caskets to all New Zealand funeral directors.

As delivery timing is important we stock caskets in Auckland, Wellington. This ensures that our caskets can be delivered as timely as possible.

If you have not yet selected a funeral director our advice is to visit some in person, this will help you choose a funeral director that you feel comfortable and confident with their services and to see if the facilities suit your requirements.  Many funeral directors offer a range of natural options and services but you may need to request them rather than expecting them to be suggested.

 Find an FDANZ Funeral Director