About us

We’ve been helping Aucklanders honour their loved one’s lives for generations

We believe we have one of the most challenging jobs in the world but also one of the most rewarding. With our caring and experienced support, we can help you and your family through this difficult time. At Davis Funerals, we have qualified funeral directors and embalmers and caring for your loved one is handled by us, in-house, the entire way. Demonstrating our commitment to the industry and adherence to the highest standards, we’re proud members of the FDANZ, (The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand), and NZEA, (New Zealand Embalmers Association).

Our history

A dedicated family company, Davis Funerals is still owned and operated by the Littles, who have looked after the needs of Auckland families since 1875.

We still operate today with the same level of care and professionalism that we did in the 1950s. Yet now we have all the technology of the modern world to provide complete funeral services

1875
We were just beginning

Our origins lie in the 19th century. In 1875, Cornelius Little establishes a family funeral home in Auckland’s Hobson Street with his son Cuthbert.


Our origins lie in the 19th century. In 1875, Cornelius Little establishes a family funeral home in Auckland’s Hobson Street with his son Cuthbert.

 
1940
A family business

Continuing the family tradition, Cuthbert’s son Cliff becomes the third generation of Littles to join the family business.


Continuing the family tradition, Cuthbert’s son Cliff becomes the third generation of Littles to join the family business.

1950
Davis joins the family

Cliff Little purchases N.C. Davis Funeral Home & Seed Shop, beginning a new era for Davis Funeral Homes.


Cliff Little purchases N.C. Davis Funeral Home & Seed Shop, beginning a new era for Davis Funeral Homes.

1964
Family expansion

Cedric Little, Cliff’s son, joins the business.


Cedric Little, Cliff’s son, joins the business.

1979
Expanding our reach

We open a new funeral home in Pakuranga, East Auckland in the beautiful and historic Tyrone villa.


We open a new funeral home in Pakuranga, East Auckland in the beautiful and historic Tyrone villa.

1988
Keeping it in the family

Cedric’s brother Neil joins the business.


Cedric’s brother Neil joins the business.

1990
Improving our facilities

Our original hub at 294 Dominion Road Auckland moves down the road to our new purpose-built chapel and funeral home, Grange Manor.


Our original hub at 294 Dominion Road Auckland moves down the road to our new purpose-built chapel and funeral home, Grange Manor.

1991
The fifth generation

Cedric’s son Craig starts at Davis as a funeral director – the fifth generation of Littles to do so.


Cedric’s son Craig starts at Davis as a funeral director – the fifth generation of Littles to do so.

1998
Going west

We open our new Tuscan winery-inspired chapel and on-site crematorium in Henderson, West Auckland.


We open our new Tuscan winery-inspired chapel and on-site crematorium in Henderson, West Auckland.

2014
Southern expansion

Dianne Troup approaches the Littles to take over Troup funeral home in Papatoetoe, South Auckland as she retires.


Dianne Troup approaches the Littles to take over Troup funeral home in Papatoetoe, South Auckland as she retires.

2016
Serving the Eastern Bays

A new Eastern suburbs funeral home opens in the old vicarage of the Church of St Thomas, Kohimarama, Auckland.


A new Eastern suburbs funeral home opens in the old vicarage of the Church of St Thomas, Kohimarama, Auckland.

The Davis family of businesses
We can help families outside Auckland through our Northland-based sister company, Morris & Morris Funerals.
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Morris & Morris

For families in Whangarei and across Northland, Morris & Morris Funerals provide funeral services uniquely tailored to your loved one and delivered with care.

Visit the Morris & Morris website
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Return to Sender

Return to Sender makes a wide range of caskets to suit every budget and style. Their beautiful contemporary caskets are designed with the environment in mind.

Visit the Return to Sender website
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Kamilla Andersson
Pakuranga
"I just wanted to thank you personally for the patience and care you showed our mum and family at such a sad time. I truly felt supported and was thrilled with the beautiful send-off we shared with mum"
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Wally Mearns
Howick
"On behalf of the Mearns family, I wish to convey our grateful thanks to Davis Funeral Services for your most professional and caring service you provided during the recent death of my Wife Shirley"
Errol Farrington
"I must thank all at Davis Funerals for the professionalism shown to us throughout the whole venture. We were really impressed with the warmth and friendliness shown to us."
The Philson Family
"We so appreciated all the care you took of us over a difficult time. You went above and beyond for us. We felt so well looked after and you made the process so much more personal"
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