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The Giant's House

68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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The Happiest Garden on Earth..! Garden of National Significance.. A Josie Martin creation.. Colourful, beautiful balance between garden and art. Don’t miss the fun DVD playing in the contemporary art gallery. Terraced gardens with sculptures and incredible mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa.terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House!
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  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep driveway” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was really blown away by the amount of time that has gone into this wonderful mosaic garden that is still in the process of getting bigger each year well worth the visit even in the middle of winter.

Thank 4h0lidays
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This artistic wonderland garden is being added to all the time. I had to go around a couple of times just to appreciate and to see bits I'd missed.The garden is beautiful too, even in the middle of winter.

Thank rowanandersonnz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing about the Giants house we were kean to have a look and we're blown away with the beautiful art work. Just loved it and wish we had longer. I took so many photos to show the family. I have spinal injuries and find...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow,absolutely amazing!we really enjoyed it,even as an adults :) You feel just like in fairytale while walking through this stunning garden... i think $20 maybe a bit expensive,but worth it and will do it again ;)

Thank petraskybova4
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a treat. Even if mosaics are not your "thing" this garden is pretty amazing - and something for everyone, young and old alike. We loved our visit here.

Thank Kathryn B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an hour or so at the Giant's house and were not disappointed. The artist owner has spent 15 years making a beautiful garden and mosaic masterpiece with plenty to see. Well worth a visit on a sunny day. Might not be as enjoyable...More

Thank Clive O
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Australian Friends we heard about the house. An amazing make over by New Zealand artist Josie Martin has transformed an 18th century Bank Manager’s villa into a must see work of art. The mosaic sculptures, coupled with lovely gardens, is a must see...More

Thank Leonie W
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this colourful and highly imaginative garden. The ticket price of $20/adult seems a little excessive at first but is well worth it. The mosaic displays created by Josie Martin are very creative, riotous in colour and uplifting to the...More

Thank 926PaulT
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

I was completely taken aback by the enchantment of this place as I was totally unprepared for the wonderland of it all. I recommend at least two hours and time to visit the tea shop (and coffee of course) . More than worth the minimal...More

Thank Penelope B
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

The only complain I had was we arrived 30 minutes before closing time and I asked if there is any discount for seniors, the answer is "No", and since its almost closing time, and not much time to enjoy, can we have a discount for...More

Thank itcheetam
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Richard G
4 December 2015|
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Response from Trev4896 | Reviewed this property |
A short walk up the main street is a restaurant called the Little Bistro. Rated number 1 restaurant on tripadvisor and first choice restaurant on Lonely Planet. A must.
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Richard G
4 December 2015|
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Response from E2363ODstephenl | Reviewed this property |
•Garden visit : $20 per adult, $10 per child (2 - 15 years of age) •Family Concession Prices: ◦2 Adults + 1 Child $45 ◦2 Adults + 2 Children $50 ◦2 Adults + 3 Children $55 ◦2 Adults + 4 Children $60 ◦Students (with ID... More
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moonshine17
4 July 2015|
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Response from Josie M | Property representative |
Hello, We are about 15minute walk from the location you will get of the ship, there is also a free shuttle available, which will drop you off at the entrance, my access is a bit steep so please wear suitable foot... More
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