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Image of a room in the Ngaio Marsh House & Garden, Christchurch NZ


Ngaio Marsh House was home to Dame Ngaio for more than seventy years.

Visitors receive a rare insight into the private world of New Zealand’s most colourful and enigmatic grand dame of the arts.  


Dame Ngaio’s powerful presence is found everywhere - from the green chair that she wrote longhand in, to her personal art collection, first edition books, clothes and travel trunks. It was where she entertained her many guests, including artists, writers, upcoming actors and Hollywood greats.

Originally known as Marton Cottage, the house was built for Dame Ngaio’s parents in 1906 by noted Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager, a cousin of Dame Ngaio’s mother Rose.


The house is listed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga as a Category 1 Historic Place of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value.

Image of a room in the Ngaio Marsh House & Garden, Christchurch NZ
“From the beginning we loved our house. It was the fourth member of our family and for me, who still lives in it, has retained that character: it has been much added to but its personality has not changed.”

Dame Ngaio from her autobiography Black Beech and Honeydew

Image of Dame Ngaio Marsh in the garden, from the Ngaio Marsh House & Heritage Trust website.

Dame Ngaio particularly enjoyed the terraced heritage garden, which she largely designed and supervised the maintenance of herself.


This beautiful garden is a feature of your tour. There are wonderful views on a clear day across Christchurch to the mighty Southern Alps.  

Detailed image of Ngaio Marsh's items at Ngaio Marsh House & Garden in Christchurch NZ

Take a Tour of the House & Garden

We invite you to discover Dame Ngaio’s home and be inspired by the fascinating story of her incredible life and work.

House and garden tours take around an hour and cost $20 per person. 

More Information about Ngaio Marsh House

1. Heritage Assessment of Ngaio Marsh House

2. Kiwi Gardener Article on the garden, 2022

3. Press Article about Ngaio Marsh House, 2013

4. NZ House & Garden Magazine Article, 1998

"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."

Tour Gift Vouchers to Ngaio Marsh House are now available to purchase online!

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