Katherine Mansfield House & Garden

Katherine Mansfield House & Garden is a writer’s museum and Category 1 Historic Place in the inner-city heritage suburb of Thorndon, Wellington. Opened to the public in 1988, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden offers a unique insight into 19th-century Wellington and the life, loves and literature of its most famous former occupant.



Bliss: A Taste of Mansfield

It’s not every day that lobster, soufflé, pistachio ices and pears are associated with homoerotic longing and the animalistic nature of sexual desire. But that is the genius of Katherine Mansfield. It’s also the inspiration for Bliss, a multi-sensory gastronomic experience as part of the Still Life/Wild Places exhibition and event series at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden.

Katherine Mansfield House & Garden and The Metropolitan Club invite diners to a unique multi-sensory evening of food and Hendrick’s Gin cocktails inspired by the short story ‘Bliss’ and artworks in the Still Life/Wild Places exhibition. Welcomed with a specially prepared KM Cocktail, guests will journey from room to room through six unique experiences, reacting to the art in each room, sampling matched canapés from the Canapé Company and cocktails, and finishing with an appropriate digestif and bug-infused sweets in the Children’s Room. Music and readings from Mansfield’s writing will be threaded through the evening to create an experience like no other.

‘Bliss’ is one of Mansfield’s great short stories. First published in 1918, its protagonist Bertha has recently made the acquaintance of a young, beautiful, and exciting woman, Pearl, who has been invited to a dinner party that Bertha and her husband Harry are hosting. Bertha is excited about her new friendship and the upcoming dinner party, but all is not as it seems, and Bertha is in for a surprise.

Bliss is a totally immersive event encompassing art, literature, gastronomy, and sound in response to Mansfield’s work. Visitors will be rewarded for challenging themselves by gaining a deeper appreciation of Mansfield’s pioneering work and being introduced to similarly pioneering and equally beautiful work created by contemporary women artists.

  • DFDairy Free_possible
  • GFGluten Free_possible
  • NFNut Free_possible
  • VVVegan_possible
  • VVegetarian_possible


Various times

Aug 21, 7:00pm - Late

Aug 22, 7:00pm - Late

Aug 23, 7:00pm - Late

Aug 25, 7:00pm - Late

Price: $185

Event enquiries: info@katherinemansfield.com

*This event has shared seating

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