Images (from top): The Laurel Harris Room; The 'I Spy' activity for children; 'Early Morning, Thorndon' by Rita Angus. Courtesy of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
On arrival you'll be given a short illustrated Visitor Guide which provides background information on Katherine Mansfield and the house and garden. Unless you have booked a guided tour in advance, your visit will be self-guided.
For children we have an 'I Spy' activity that encourages them to explore the house and learn about life 100 years ago. It is suitable for ages 3+ (with the assistance of an adult for children who are not yet confident readers).
Each room contains an interpretation panel explaining the original function of the room, with quotes from Mansfield's writing to illustrate daily life.
Upstairs, the Laurel Harris Room has an extensive timeline of Mansfield's life with photographs and a reading corner where you're invited to sit and explore Mansfield's published work. We also have a changing exhibition space. Details of our current exhibition can be found on our 'What's On' page.
We recommend allowing approximately 45 minutes for your visit, but if you're pressed for time you can still enjoy your visit within 30 minutes. If you don't have time to read the comprehensive timeline of Mansfield's life in the Laurel Harris Room, it is available for purchase in our giftshop.
A toilet is available on-site, but as this is a historic house it is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
You are welcome to bring food and drink to enjoy in the garden, there is seating available and we have picnic rugs we are happy to provide. However, we do not have a café onsite and food and drink (other than water in bottles) cannot be taken into the house. There are some great cafés nearby, such as Le Marché Français on Thorndon Quay and Mojo on the corner of Molesworth and Murphy Streets. Or you can head to Thorndon Village to cafés such as Leafee (320 Tinakori Road) or Goods.
Just around the corner from Katherine Mansfield House & Garden is Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park, which has a playground. It is found on the corner of Hobson Street and Fitzherbert Terrace. To learn more about it and see photos of the park today, you can read this blog post.
New Zealand’s oldest suburb and the site of some of Wellington’s fascinating history, Thorndon is a beautiful area to explore. Take a tour of New Zealand Parliament; find out how New Zealand women were the first in the world to achieve the right to vote at the National Library’s stunning exhibition He Tohu; wonder at the beauty of Old St Paul's, a gorgeous Gothic Revival wooden cathedral; and stroll around the Wellington Botanic Garden.
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