Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park
Close to the overbridge that links Tinakori Rd with Hobson St is a nod to one of Thorndon’s most well-known figures, in the form of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park.
Katherine Mansfield House
New Zealand’s most celebrated author, Katherine Mansfield, was born at 25 Tinakori Rd. Her experiences growing up in the house coloured her writing, and it was referenced in some of her most famous short stories, such as The Aloe, Prelude, A Birthday, The Doll’s House, and The Wind Blows.
Built in the 1880s at a cost of £400, the house has since been meticulously restored, and is now open to the public. It is classified as a “Category I” historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The house is open six days a week from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday. A guided tour is available. Children can visit the house for free.
A 10 minute walk from Parliament Buildings or Old St Pauls, the house can also be reached by taking the no. 14 Wilton bus to nearby Park Street.
Visit the official website: www.katherinemansfield.com