Anyone of a literary bent will get a great deal of pleasure from a visit to Katherine Mansfield’s restored birthplace. New Zealand’s most distinguished author and a short-story writer of world renown, Mansfield was born into the Beauchamp family in 1888. She left Wellington at age 19 for Europe, where she kept company with the likes of Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence. The Beauchamp house has been meticulously restored. If you’re familiar with Mansfield’s stories, you’ll get a sense of what inspired them as you walk about the family home.