Official Web Site of the Janet Frame Estate




Janet Frame ~ Tourism

Literary Tourism in the 'Kingdom By the Sea'


Oamaru I-site tourist information


Contact the Oamaru Information Centre:

1 Thames Street, Oamaru

Telephone  +64-3-434 1656



Information about opening hours at 56 Eden Street,

and other places of interest on the 'Janet Frame Trail'.

Janet Frame guided tours, Janet Frame walks.

Brochures and flyers, bookings.


Places of interest include:


·       56 Eden Street

·       Willowglen (Chelmer Street)

·       Oamaru Gardens

·       The site of the public Baths

·       Final Resting Place

·       The Old Town

·       Opera House

·       Railway Station

·       Waitaki Girls' High School

·       Oamaru North School

·       Oamaru Public Library

·       Athenaeum (now the museum)


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Janet Frame exhibits

North Otago Museum, Oamaru, New Zealand


Museum Home Page


The Oamaru Public Library has a fine Janet Frame Collection including many foreign translations of Janet Frame's writings: Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Turkish, Brazilian, etc.


Search the Oamaru Library Catalogue



Dunedin: Birth and Death


Dunedin was the birthplace of Janet Frame and although she spent most of her life elsewhere she returned to Dunedin to live on several occasions, and she also settled back in South Dunedin towards the end of her life, just a few streets away from the house where her parents had lived when she was born.


In Dunedin city environs, three separate plaques commemorate Janet Frame's connection with the region: one is situated in the Octagon just beside the statue of Robert Burns; another is to be found right outside the main entrance to the Railway Station at the bottom of Lower Stuart Street. The third plaque is located in a public reserve at Seacliff, once part of the grounds of the former Seacliff Hospital gardens.

Janet Frame House


56 Eden Street Oamaru, New Zealand


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Janet Frame's childhood home at 56 Eden Street is now open to the public every day in summer from 2 pm to 4 pm (November to April) and at other times by arrangement (contact the Oamaru Visitor Centre).


The Frame family lived in the house from 1931 to 1943.


The Janet Frame House is owned and cared for by the ‘Janet Frame Eden Street Trust’. Please visit their website for an invitation to join the 'Friends of the Janet Frame House'






Katherine Mansfield Birthplace


25 Tinakori Road

Throndon, Wellington



Ngaio Marsh House


Cashmere, Christchurch



Dan Davin House


36 Morton Street



Visit by appointment only

Contact Mayor's Office

Ph: (03) 211 1777 (03) 211 1777


Frank Sargeson House


14 Esmonde Road

Takapuna, Auckland


Visit by appointment only

Contact Takapuna Public Library

Ph: (09) 486 8460


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Final resting place at the Frame family grave,

Greta Street Oamaru




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In Takapuna, on Auckland's North Shore, Frank Sargeson's former home can be found at 14 Esmonde Road. Janet Frame boarded with Frank Sargeson from 1955 to 1956 in a short but significant stay during which she wrote her first novel Owls Do Cry. She lived and worked in a now-demolished small army hut behind the house. After returning from Europe in 1963 she was a regular visitor to the small fibrolite bach as she visited or stayed with her old friend and erstwhile mentor.