The Giants House
The Giants House
4.5
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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!
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  • Ken
    Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sensory delight
    Quite simply a must visit to soak in the visual splendar of the creations.. There is literally something for everyone. We strict a lovely day which just enhanced the experience. I'm sure I missed so much that next time I'm in Akaroa I'll visit again - the detail, gardens & music enhance the experience
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • LolaDeVys
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Akaroa’s highlight: a garden of smiles.
    A fabulous and unique art garden with whimsical surprises around every corner. Well named The Happiest Garden. Also serves the prettiest Devonshire tea I’ve ever seen, with fresh flowers. Stunning views but steep slope and many steps, so limited access for people with disability.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Gngrpeech
    Homer, Alaska114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful colors and Textures
    Amazing colors and textures. I felt like I was inside Alice in Wonderland. The artist lives here and also does her own gardening. Disappointed there is no gift shop. Also when I purchased a delicious cold lemon ginger drink at the end of my visit, it was served in glassware and there is zero provision for paper cups or anything to take with you. Since weren’t in a hurry, I was able to sit in the garden and enjoy. However, it would be a kindness if there were signage to the effect that there is no provision to takeaway or ‘to go’.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Gill O
    Ascot, United Kingdom658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We’ve been before but this time brought my daughter, her husband and their young family. A great hit! So completely different. Very cleverly put together and a pleasure to explore. Would highly recommend for an hour or so when visiting Akaroa. Little tea room also lovely and the cakes were delicious!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Coastfans
    Blenheim, New Zealand216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth every penny - unlike anything we've ever seen.
    A must for anyone who loves gardens, creativity and hard work. Gaudy, gorgeous, intricate, meticulously presented and shimmering under a hot blue summer sky, there was far too much to absorb in a single visit but we both felt $25 was a fair price for what we experienced. As others have noted, the driveway up to the entrance is steep; the garden itself is terraced into the side of a steep hill and there are steps galore connecting all the different tableaux and layers. It was surprisingly busy on a Thursday morning but not so crowded that you couldn't find a little private space here and there to enjoy all the micro detail. The key is to loiter - most people seem to trot thru quite quickly, but the slower you go the more you see and enjoy. And the views of course are jaw droppingly beautiful! Thanks, Josie - it was a highlight of our 4 day stay in Akaroa.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Allison
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky, charming and definitely worth a visit
    Delightful sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. This was so much more that expected and had it not been an extremely hot day we would have spent much longer here. The figures are charming and the video explaining the processes of informative. This is our third visit to Akaroa but only first to the garden.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2024
  • foxyhilton
    Encinitas, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Visit to a World of Imagination
    A visit to the Giant's House in Akaroa is highly recommended for adults and children alike. It is a place of imagination and whimsy, sure to bring a smile to your face. The mosaic figures and pathways are stunningly beautiful in their artistry. It is hard to think that one person could have created this experience. In a place where natural beautify abounds, the Giant's House finds its place in bringing joy to any who is fortunate enough to visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 February 2024
  • Spider
    New Zealand3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing sculpture park
    Amazing place. The work to do all the figures etc is mind blowing. The grand historic looking house looks interesting but you can't go inside which was a big disappointment as the websites gave the inpression it was part of the experience. Especially as it is called The Giants House. Maybe a change of name to reflect the sculptures would be more appropriate. Cafe food and coffee is expensive. $10 for a large coffee.??? Probably a $25 adult entry would be more in keeping with the house off limits.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
  • Passport18300588807
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Giant's House - A magnificent fun space that is beautifully crafted.
    Josie has created the most magical space. So talented in creating this beautiful creative fun space. An inspiring place to go to get the creative juices flowing. My sisters and I had fun and really appreciated all the time and effort put into creating this extraordinary place. I will be back again with the rest of my family!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Julie W
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OMG! Incredible creativity by Josie Martin.
    OMG! This place is amazing. What an incredible artist to have created such amazing and unique pieces for the world to enjoy! I could have spent days here and not seen everything. This is a 'must see' on your trip to Akoroa. It certainly is worth the walk up the hill and steps to see this creative wonderland of a labour of love.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
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Janelle M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Travelled from Australia to New Zealand on the Golden Princess (8th to 25th January 2020) and this tour 'WAS" to be the highlight of my port visit to Akaroa.
Lady at the front counter was rude, and advised us to go look around - without any directions. She seems annoyed that ANOTHER cruise tour had arrived.

Once closer to the actual house - another lady initially told us we were forbidden to enter until she realised we were part of the Princess Cruises Tour Group. Lady then allowed us to enter but provided NO HISTORY OR INFORMATION basically just told us don't touch anything and it was a private residence. Would have loved to known more about the artist and the meanings behind the art.

Outside the place was overcrowded, you couldn't get to fully see anything, let alone take a picture of the art. All path ways were crowded with people and you spent ages waiting to see anything.
Written 27 January 2020
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67TravelBug67
Auckland, New Zealand1,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
I absolutely loved this garden and the colour, obvious passion that has been put into this labour of love.
The lovely house is located a short somewhat steep walk from the village up a steep driveway so you need to be physically fit to get there but no mountaineer.
The hours are limited so check opening hours and there is a nominal $20 entrance fee.
The garden is so vibrant both the flowers and the mosaics that you dont know where to look first.
The house itself is a private residence and looks amazing too.
Took so many photos and appreciate the work involved.
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Written 19 September 2020
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kirsten_alastair
Porirua, New Zealand101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Got to the artist’s garden about 3:40 and was told It closed at 4. Was rushed through as it closed at 4 so we had to whizz through. It was $60 for our family of five which is pricey as others have stated but the craft that the artist has used on all her statues and paths in the garden is truly incredible. The house is also amazing and a nice way to while away an afternoon. Should be noted that the garden is up a very steep driveway and much of the garden is also on a hillside so people going need to be aware of the need to do stairs.
Written 22 April 2021
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Rose
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
A beautiful experience of Josie's fantastic sculpture garden. We were in awe of the artistic talent, colour and beauty of the garden and art gallery. We loved it!
We really appreciated the fun and artistry of the sculptures and beautifully kept garden and vegetables,
We would recommend a visit for both adults and chlidren.
Written 6 August 2020
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Luvinspoonful
Rotorua, New Zealand671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Stunning mosaic works of art woven into a garden tapestry.
There’s a steep walkway and though there’s a drop off point close to the top entry but deep stairs dominate the walkways so this is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties and I also would not recommend it for young families - children will consider the bright art pieces to be playground equipment and it would be a trial for parents to keep them off the statues and out of the water.
Check your foot gear, especially in wet weather as the mosaic work could be quite slippery.
This would be appealing to any person who finds art, gardens, creativity or beauty attractive.
Written 19 December 2020
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand2,451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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
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AliNel01
Nelson, New Zealand106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Lovely gardens, loved the ceramic piano on the front lawn of a beautiful old home. Some of the ceramic subjects are a little odd-looking but on the whole the colours and patterns are amazing. There are plenty of places to sit and just look around. It's expensive at $22.50 and I know several people who weren't prepared to pay this - they missed a great experience but the decision is understandable.
Written 8 February 2021
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Sarah B
Tauranga, New Zealand239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Superbly located at the top of the street overlooking harbour and hills this hidden gem is fun and will brighten your day. Walked from town up the hill which was enjoyable, passing the studio of New Zealand artist Nancy Tichborne on the way (unfortunately it was closed). Loved the colours and ideas created by Josie who is clearly blessed with creativity in abundance. Personally we felt $20 was a tad steep and felt $15 p/p may be more appropriate.
Written 19 September 2020
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janddp29
London, UK72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This house is at the top of a steep, long hill and the stairs to get into the garden are very, very steep. The reward is a garden of total delight - once you are past the grumpy lady on the desk (my reason for the low mark). Try and go late in the afternoon, when the crowds have gone - and once you get over the rude welcome I’m sure you will enjoy the quirky and quite bonkers art.
Written 27 February 2020
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Reece
Christchurch, New Zealand45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great look around. Worth the walk from town.
Absolute electric use of colors and materials.

Would be skeptical of a visit on a wet day, Noelene will not get her walking frame between half the attractions but a good view can be experienced from the lower garden
Written 9 August 2020
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