Guided Tour

Experience the house and garden that helped to shape and was in turn shaped by one of the most illustrious, intriguing, and successful New Zealand women of the twentieth century.  The life of Dame Ngaio Marsh is tinged with mystery and mystique but it is also a story of great breadth and interest; it is told through the setting that formed the backdrop to the life of this illustrious writer,  theatre director and artist. This is a unique experience visitors to Christchurch should not miss.

If you are a fan of Ngaio Marsh's crime fiction, have a love of Shakespeare, or an interest in the development of New Zealand art between the wars, a visit to the house is a must. If you know nothing of this remarkable lady's life and works you will find a visit to the house equally rewarding.

For a noted Australian heritage professional’s account of a visit, please click here.


Viewing is by appointment only. For a guided tour, please ring the curator at 64 3 337 9248 (International) or 03 337 9248 (New Zealand) or click on to email your request.

Admission is $20 per person for a guided tour. Allow one hour for the tour.

 The Ngaio Marsh House operation is wholly run by volunteers, and so we advise that it is most unlikely that prospective visitors will be able to telephone a booking and visit the House on the same day. For this reason pre-booking is essential and will be confirmed by the Chief Guide or one of the duty guides. Your patience with this arrangement is greatly appreciated.

37 Valley Rd, Cashmere, off Sherwood Lane, Christchurch, New Zealand.