The Giants House

The Giants House, Akaroa: Hours, Address, The Giants House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Giants House
4.5
Art Galleries • Gardens
Read more
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Write a review
About
The Happiest Garden on Earth..! Garden of International 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!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travellers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Learn more

Top ways to experience The Giants House and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Restaurants
22 within 5 kms
Attractions
19 within 10 kms
Popular mentions

4.5
1,315 reviews
Excellent
1,073
Very good
173
Average
39
Poor
18
Terrible
12

KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,579 contributions
Jul. 2021
What a strange place! A bit reminiscent of Gaudi in Spain, but not quite getting there. Regardless worth a visit, it is colourful and fun if nothing else!
Written 29 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,744 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
It is a bit pricey to go in, $50 for two adults and a 4 year old.
 
However it is quite spectacular, interesting, attractive and enjoyable to walk around exploring the works of art. It reminds me of Antoni Gaudí’s work.
 
It is up a very steep drive. No parking at the top.
 
The garden is filled with sculptures that the artist has created with mosaic tiles. She lives there onsite.
 
The garden itself is quite steep too. Wouldn’t recommend it to push chairs or wheelchairs sorry.
 
I had my very inquisitive two year old with us and it was a bit hectic with her, full anxiety levels as she wanted to touch everything. And upon entry you are told not to touch or sit on anything. Just a heads up!
 
Lovely thing to do for half an hour or so.
Written 28 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Althea L
Auckland Central, New Zealand16 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
An amazing place with something new to see at every turn of the head. Spent about an hour and a half there, and kept seeing new things. Went with friends who did not always follow the same path as us, and they saw different things.
Written 27 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nigel G
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
May 2022
This was a fantastic experience ... almost unbelievable that someone could make all this fantasy land and figures out of ceramics.
Written 25 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

FrequentFlier449833
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Solo
Simply fabulous. Got to the top of the driveway and saw the price so hubby decided not to join me, his loss, it was amazing! I would recommend going hungry and buying a snack while you are there. I loved every little thing about it. I would definitely go again.
Written 20 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

paula l
Christchurch, New Zealand437 contributions
Apr. 2022
Been wanting to go for years, delighted to finally get there as it is in stunning setting. Amazing. Passionate about art & colour, the owner has dreamt up & then created an amazing world for both adults & children. Every angle shows a different perspective of colour & shape combined with the well planned out plantings. The art gallery portion & video presentation give a good insight. A peak inside the front door & thru the windows to the eclectic inside is tantalising, the sunroom just spectacular alongside the bedroom. Would love to stay. Looking out serenely across the valley, wonderful music sets the tune for fun, would be great at night as it lit up as well. Thoroughly recommend, we were there just on 2 hours & could have stayed longer easily.
Written 18 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

zhuhai2007
Christchurch, New Zealand48,787 contributions
Apr. 2022
Exceeded my expectations - whimsy at every turn. Prime exhibit IMO had to be the grand piano full of succulents. Overall the garden is stunning with a carefully curated range of plants that complement the sculpture at every turn.
Written 8 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Raewyn H
6 contributions
Mar. 2022
This is way above what I expected. I had heard people say it is a must do and now I know why. Just one of those happy places that lifts your spirits as soon as you hear the music and you are absorbed by the colour and vibrancy. So much to see and take in - every nook and cranny has an interesting subject to look at. Outstanding.
Written 2 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roger S
31 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
One of the best aspects of the experience was being able to interact with many of the exhibits - sitting on the thrones, playing the giant piano. This is a magical place to be and highly recommended for family groups especially!
Written 21 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Us Two
Wellington, New Zealand31 contributions
Mar. 2022
We just loved the experience, seeing this absolutely amazing place.
A very worthwhile visit for those of all ages.
The colours and subjects are great fun and brought smiles to all those visiting.
A wonderful place and the gardens are so pretty too.
The creator's talent is incredible and adds a bit of sunshine to anyone's day.
Written 13 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,271
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Giants House

The Giants House is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking The Giants House tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 3 The Giants House tours on Tripadvisor