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We invite you to book at tour of Ngaio Marsh House and Garden - Christchurch's hidden cultural gem -where Dame Ngaio Marsh lived & wrote her acclaimed crime novels.

If you're based locally or planning a trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, and have a penchant for arts and history, you absolutely can't miss out on the Ngaio Marsh House & Garden tour.

Christchurch's hidden cultural gem offers a unique insight into the life of Dame Ngaio Marsh, one of New Zealand's most iconic figures in the world of the arts.

Step into the world of Dame Ngaio Marsh at her historic residence. Picture yourself in the green chair where she penned her literary masterpieces or explore her art collection, first edition books, clothing, and travel trunks up close. This isn't merely a tour; it's a journey through time and creativity.

Dame Ngaio Marsh's house was a gathering place for a captivating array of guests, from artists and writers to rising actors and Hollywood legends. The history is as rich as the experience itself. The house was built in 1906 by an esteemed Christchurch architect and is recognised as a Category 1 Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga due to its historic and cultural significance.

For just $20 and an hour of your time, join a small group tour  on Tuesdays or Saturdays with one of our knowledgable volunteer guides, and immerse yourself in the personal and unique world of Dame Ngaio Marsh. 

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"The house has been kept in its original condition and all the pieces of furniture, pictures and memorabilia give a great sense of how Ngaio Marsh lived her life."
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A Wonderful Garden

Dame Ngaio particularly enjoyed the terraced heritage garden, which she largely designed herself.

Kiwi Gardener magazine commented: "It is like a pocket of an English countryside, changing with the seasons, with different plants standing at attention depending on the time of year."

There are wonderful views on a clear day across Christchurch to the mighty Southern Alps.