Phone: 03 337 9248

The house where Dame Ngaio Marsh lived for 77 years is open to visitors. Visitors to this unique property can gain an understanding of her life and work as well as a captivating insight into her private world.

Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) was one of New Zealand’s most remarkable and charismatic women. She was world-renowned as a leading crime fiction writer and as an eminent Shakespearian producer. Her works to this day still command international acclaim.

The house, which has been enlarged over the years, was built when Ngaio was just ten, and was designed by leading Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager.

Discover the family treasures and antiques she collected from around the world, see where her most famous works were composed, and imagine the elegant parties in the Long Room.

A relatively unknown aspect of her life was her interest in painting. The house contains several examples which illustrate her talent.

Her home remains much as she left it, as if she has simply stepped out momentarily and will soon return to take up her Waterman pen with its distinctive green ink.

If you are a fan of Ngaio Marsh's crime fiction, have a love of Shakespeare, or an interest in the development of New Zealand art between the wars, a visit to the house is a must.

If you know nothing of this remarkable lady's life and works you will find a visit to the house equally rewarding.

Viewing is by appointment only. For a guided tour, which will bring the house to life, please ring the curator on 03 337 9248.

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Map showing Dame Ngaio Marsh House