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.


Covid-19 Life at Orange, at Ngaio Marsh House and Garden.

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 2021

To celebrate the legacy of Ngaio Marsh as New Zealand’s foremost crime writer, the Friends of Ngaio Marsh House are holding an inaugural short story competition. Open to all New Zealand residents.

To participate in this competition, you must write a piece of ‘flash fiction’ that starts with the opening words from the Ngaio Marsh novel ‘Death in Ecstasy’

“On a pouring wet Sunday night in December of last year a special meeting was held at the House of the Sacred Flame in Knocklatchers Row.”

The story must start with the opening sentence and be less than 500 words.  The Ngaio Marsh sentence of 26 words is not part of the word count.

The competition opens on the 1st of December and closes on the 31st of January at 11.59pm. The competition winner will be announced on Ngaio Marsh’s birthday of 23rd April 2022. The winner will receive $500 in prize money. Two highly commended writers will also be listed.

Entry fee is $10. 

Enter here to submit your work.