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“Fine, but a no photography allowed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Katherine Mansfield Birthplace (Te Puakitanga)

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace (Te Puakitanga)
25 Tinakori Rd | Thorndon, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
04 473-7268
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Ranked #20 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The childhood home of New Zealand's most celebrated author.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fine, but a no photography allowed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Katherine Mansfield's birthplace has been wonderfully restored. The house is in a lovely location away from the town centre, the wallpaper inside has been reconstructed, a lot of work and thought have gone into this, you can easily spend a few hours here absorbing the information and watching the 50-minute video, printed information sheets guide you round, etc.

But one of the things that makes visiting an author's house a real experience is taking photos of the place, as you can at Janet Frame's house in Oamaru, Frank Sargeson's bach in Takepuna, even Ronald Hugh Morrieson's attic in Tawhiti Museum, Hawera. So this is the big disappointment: I can't quite grasp the memory of it, and my blog post on it looks a bit poverty-stricken with only images of the exterior.

Visited March 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
54 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The decor, furniture and features create a sense of great authenticity. Informative material is available to help visitors appreciate the house more fully and the staff are welcoming and helpful. Importantly, visitors are not made to feel they are under surveillance, nor are they rushed through. Rooms upstairs and downstairs are open for viewing, as is the garden. The film shown in an upstairs room is worth taking the time to watch. Of the authors' houses I have visited, this is one of the most accommodating.

Visited April 2013
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Virginia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“The heart of Wellington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Katherine Mansfield reinvented the short story and gave Virginia Woolf a new way of writing. This house on Tinakori Road became the location of some of her most important stories including: "Prelude," "The Wind Blows," and "The Samuel Josephs." The house has been meticulously restored and one must connect with Mansfield if one wants to know a lot more about NZ.

Visited February 2013
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Wellington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not just for KM fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Even if you're not a fan of Katherine Mansfield, this is a beautifully restored old Wellington house and garden which evokes a real feeling of how people lived in those days. If you love KM's writing, this will help colour your images. Great cards and other souvenirs for sale too.

Visited December 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful literary place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are a lover of literature then you need to visit this wonderful memoriam to a fabulous NZ writer who was so inspired by her surroundings and family. To see her family home restored so meticulously and true to the era is a wonderful thing, to know that the rooms and furnishing inspired her writing is even more special.

Visited January 2013
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