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Visit The House

Visit the House

The kitchen
The kitchen at 25 Tinakori Road. Photographer: Brett Robertson
The childhood home of New Zealand’s most famous author, provides essential background for the enjoyment and understanding of a large part of Mansfield’s writing. Her memories and experiences here were recreated in her most famous short stories, The Aloe, Prelude, A Birthday, The Doll’s House, and The Wind Blows.

25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand

How to get there

To walk
The House is a 10 minute walk from Parliament Buildings or Old St Pauls.

By Bus 
No 14 Wilton stops nearby in Park Street

By Minibus

John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour

Open:    Six days a week 10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed:  Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday (and for private functions)

Admission:  free to KMB Society members

$8.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors
$3.00 Students
$3.00 Community Services Card
Children FREE

Guided tour adult $10.00 per person
Guided tour senior $8.00 per person
Guided tour school groups and tertiary groups $3.00 per student
Group leaders/teachers FREE

Tourist Facilities

  • Translations of House information (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Self tours available
  • Tour bus stop in Hobson street
  • Tea and coffee available - period teas for groups by arrangement
  • Gift shop with full range of publications


See these at the House

  • ‘A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield. A Woman and a Writer’ (c. 50 mins).
  • ‘The Doll’s House’ (20 mins)
  • ‘A Picture of Katherine Mansfield’. BBC 1976. Six part series. (special booking required)

Permanent and changing exhibitions include:

  • 'The Remembered Places' Katherine Mansfield's Thorndon 1888 - 1908.
  • ‘A Sense of Living’ period photographs with excerpts from Mansfield’s writings.
  • 'The Doll's House'
  • ‘Victorian Christmas’. (December)

The Garden
Enjoy the heritage garden, replanted to the 1880 - 1900 period with flowers and plants available in Wellington at the time.  

Venue hire
A unique and special venue for weddings, garden parties, birthdays, book launches, book groups. Contact the House for more information.

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society Inc. thank The Stout Trust for generous sponsorship of the web site.
© Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society Inc 2005   site design: McGovern & Associates

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"To live as a writer is to draw upon one's real familiar life - to find the treasure...."


Related websites

For more information on what to see and do in Wellington, visit the official tourism website: www.WellingtonNZ.com