The property as it stands today is the story of the re-framing of this modest dwelling. At each step the work has been carefully carried out to ensure that no permanent damage was done to the original fabric.
The key rooms are very much as they looked during the Frame residency. The dining room (with its original lino) and the bedrooms have not changed since those days.
The house is not a restoration, it has become what is now called a re-framing, a combination of known facts and recollections. In many ways, the house is as the first lines in To the Is-Land
'.. with its mixture of facts and truths and memories of truths'.
Visitors can purchase books and cards, view archival material, listen to recordings, enjoy a guided tour, and learn about the times spent in the house, garden, and surrounds by the Frame family.
Janet Frame's Oamaru uses the house as its focal point. this walking tour is a tourist activity which includes significant locations associated with Frame's early years and writing.