Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust

Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust

Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust


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.

Support the work of the Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust and keep the House open as a Museum: Donate on Give A Little.


Visitors must produce their My Vaccine Pass to gain entry to Ngaio Marsh House and Garden (unless you are under the age of 12).

We require visitors to sign in using the NZ COVID tracer app or via the contact tracing register provided, and social distance. You must wear a mask when inside the House. Mask wearing is encouraged for the duration of your visit.

If you are unable to meet these public health requirements, or you are feeling unwell, please delay your visit.

Ngaio Marsh Short Story Competition - Winners!

On Ngaio Marsh's birthday, 23 April 2022, we announced the winners of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Short Story contest.  They are:

First Place - Wayne Hotu

Second Place - Deryn Pittar

Third Place - Bruce Miller

 Watch the video of the announcement here.