Number 83 Clyde Rd is a gracious four-bedroom kauri villa, the very epitome of a genteel Christchurch address – that is, aside from its incredibly colourful history of subversion and political agitation. This was the family home of Kate Sheppard between 1888 and 1902, where the pioneering suffragist and her fellow campaigners organised their movement to secure the vote for women, and it is now open for the public to visit, enjoy and to seek inspiration from.
Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House will have free entry on Waitangi Day, and will be open from 10am - 4pm. Bookings are essential.
Wednesday - Sunday
10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, ANZAC Day morning and Matariki.
Gold Card $7.50
Student (tertiary) $7.50
Under 18 years Free
* Due the house museum's visitor capacity we recommend a phone call first or make a booking. Entry surcharges apply for special events
Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House is an accessible friendly heritage home, and you are able to explore the whole museum and gardens. The house is a one-storey building with a wheelchair ramp and accessible toilet.
There are two designated accessible parking spaces at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House. Please call ahead to book a park.
There is combination of free and paid on-street parking on Clyde Road (see parking signs for times). In addition, there is parking available at the Clyde Car Park on Arts Road; free on after 5pm and on weekends and pay and display during weekdays from 9am – 5pm. There are two designated accessible parking spaces at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House, just call ahead to let one of our staff know you’re coming.
There is no onsite parking.
Food and Drink
Tea, coffee and refreshments are available on request. Bookings required.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are plenty of things for kids to do. Inside you can explore the house, discover what mischief Polly Plum has gotten up to throughout the house while learning about Kate Sheppard and a team of inspiring Kiwi women. Look through the viewfinder to see what the living room looked like back when Kate lived in the house. There’s even the chance to dress up, with period costumes available for kids to enjoy. Outside, there are tennis and Victorian games to keep kids active.
We have baby change facilities available.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
To manage capacity within our heritage properties and to ensure you don’t miss out, we encourage you to book online before your visit
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community. A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.
On an unassuming suburban Christchurch street sits the internationally significant Kate Sheppard House.
Watch the video about Kate Sheppard House prior to its transformation into a museum.