Affordable Coffins


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Welcome to Carried Away

Hi, I’m Mike Nelson and I would like to welcome you to the Carried Away website.

When I started to organise a funeral for my Mum, I was appalled at the prices I was given, even for very basic coffins and I decided that I had to act. I made Mum’s coffin and then started offering Coffins to the public.

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At Carried Away you will find affordable high quality coffins

Our mission, is to make affordable coffins available to the public.

We offer many of the most cost-effective solutions available.

Affordable Coffins

The Flat Pack is easy to assemble with all the tools supplied, except a Philips screwdriver.

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Handle Range

Wide range of handles styles and sizes. Clearance of old stock of handles and lid screws available now.

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Nationwide Delivery

We are delivering nationwide.

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Use the coffin selector to choose the right coffin and accessories  based on design & budget.

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This casket is designed to provide the cheapest possible wooden casket for a direct Cremation, see direct coffin page for details.




MDF is heavier than ply, can be painted with great results, polyurethane gives a deep rich finish.



Plywood is not as heavy as MDF, has a more natural appearance, but not as good with a paint or polyurethane finish.

Customer’s Coffins

Affordable and customised coffins

Our coffins look the part and offer a realistic alternative to the fancy offerings that are available from the trade. We offer our coffins in any state, from bare inside and out to painted and internally lined. We are strong believers that you should not have to pay for anything that you do not need or want.

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We serve with our heart

I am proud to say that our coffins look the part and offer a realistic alternative to the fancy offerings that are available from the trade. We offer our coffins in any state, from bare inside and out to painted and internally lined. We are strong believers that you should not have to pay for anything that you do not need or want.
For instance, you might cut costs by omitting an interior lining if there is going to be a closed coffin funeral. We will never try to sell you something against your wishes.


We will work with you to find the right coffin on your budget and required design.

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Use our coffin selector to select the coffin that you think will work the best based on bugged and customisation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight will the coffin hold?

We have done testing to prove that all of our coffins and caskets will hold over 600 Kg without failing, however we only rate them at 200Kg, which gives a good factor of Safety.

How long does it take for my coffin to get to me?

That depends on where you are in New Zealand. For orders received before 9:00am, we can generally get your coffin on the truck the same day, unless you have asked us to paint or stain it. For orders after 9:00 am, we will dispatch the following day. Freight to North Island destinations is usually 1-2 days after dispatch and to South Island destinations, 3-4 days.

What is the freight cost?

All our Flat Pack coffins and caskets are freight free in the North Island and $15 freight in the South Island. If you are ordering an assembled coffin or casket, the freight cost will vary from a minimum of $72, which covers most of the area between Whangarei and Turangi, up to about $300 or more for some remote areas of the South Island. Refer to the freight chart on xxxx or check with us for a freight quote.

Can you deliver to a rural address?

Yes, we can, but due to the cost and extra time involved, we choose not to. It is much better to have your coffin delivered to a friend or business in town and pick it up from there. It is much cheaper and much quicker.

Can you freight to Waiheke or Stewart Island?

Yes, we can send to Waiheke Island and Stewart Island.

Is the flat Pack easy to assemble?

Yes, Flat packs are easy to assemble, there are only 5 panels (apart from the lid) and they will only go together one way. We have detailed assembly instructions and you can also check out our coffin or casket assembly video in the video section of the website.

Can you supply coffins for extra-large people?

We offer two ranges of coffins. Our standard range will accommodate most people and our XL range will accommodate most people who do not fit into a standard coffin. We have a size chart for each coffin on the XXXX page of the website. Take care when sizing a coffin, Carried Away cannot accept any responsibility for your sizing decisions. If it seems like things are getting a little tight, best to look for a larger alternative. We do not offer anything larger than our XL range.

How are linings fitted?

Linings are stapled to the inside of the coffin with the stapler and staples that we provide in every Flat Pack. We supply detailed instructions and we recommend that you watch the lining fitting video in the video section.

What tools do I need to assemble a Flat Pack?

The only tool you will need is a number 2 Phillips screwdriver, all other tools are included in the Flat Pack.

Can I use a Direct Cremation Casket for a funeral?

Yes, you can, but we do not recommend this. You will need to buy a set of handles and fit them yourself (the Direct Cremation Casket is not pre drilled for handles) and the result will not be particularly pleasing to the eye. Direct Cremation Caskets are designed to be as cheap as we can make them and there is no attempt to make them look nice, as they are not normally seen.

Will the undertaker be OK if I supply the coffin?

Most undertakers are OK with the family supplying the coffin as long as they can be assured that it is structurally sound, which ours definitely are. If an undertaker were to object to your supplying the coffin, the only reason I can think of, is that he would be missing out on his profit on the coffin, which is normally quite considerable. If an undertaker did object, I would suggest that you look at using someone else, he is probably telling you that he is out to take as much money off you as he possibly can!

If I buy a coffin now, can you store it for me until I need it?

If it is only for a couple of weeks, then yes, we could possibly do that for you. We would approach the storage issue on a case-by-case basis as we only have limited space

Are your coffins Eco certified?

No, our coffins are not Eco certified. Our Plywood coffins could be considered as looking eco-friendly, but they are not designed for Eco certification

I lost my father September 2018 , and in the days that followed I needed to do a number of things , one of these was to arrange a coffin for my dad.
I found out about Carried away and ordered a coffin from them , I had no idea how to go about it , Mike the owner of the company was brilliant, he had the materials , the measurements we needed , and more importantly of all , prices that suited our budget.
I recommend Carried away without hesitation.
Thank you Carried away.

Brownie Kingi
I keep meaning to find your Web site again. So much has happened to me since the day I spoke to you. It was actually the highlight of the whole funeral situation, I have to say, to talk to you.
My recommendation would be:
I can highly recommend this Company. I spoke to Mike Nelson on a day that was hard for me, organising a Cremation Coffin for my departed husband. Mike made the process for me so easy, arranging for a delivery and so quickly. This was also the cheapest and the best, half price compared to the Funeral Company.
I would definitely say Deal With This Company.

Pauline Reid

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