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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
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The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks,...

The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk to the centre of Akaroa.The Giant's House was the first bank managers house in Akaroa, built 1880 of totara and kauri. It is grand in size, proportions, and features. Elegant and comfortable, it is designed and decorated in the french style. Being the home of an artist it balances and contrasts the historic and contemporary. Both the house and terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House!

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Our favourite in 3 months touring New Zealand

A joyful experience with views as well as mosaics. Everyone there was surprised and happy. The artwork makes everyone smile. We met a family returning to India at Hong Kong... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A joyful experience with views as well as mosaics. Everyone there was surprised and happy. The artwork makes everyone smile. We met a family returning to India at Hong Kong airport boarding line, and we were all excited to say how much we had all enjoyed the experience. We all agreed it was wonderful, probably to other folk's annoyance. It... More 

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Thank barrow4
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an amazing experience! We thought we would pop in cause the pics looked cute and WOW!!! What a fantastic gift to produce such beauty on such a huge scale. An abosolute to see in Akaroa. We are sooo going back and more than once!!

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Thank angelinabax
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My mom and I just finished a cruise around New Zealand and had a stop in Akaroa. We didn't have a lot of time or energy, but decided to go to The Giant's House. And were we happy we did! It turned out to be one of the shining highlights of our entire time in New Zealand. Josie, the owner,... More 

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Hampden, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing ... couldn't believe this amazing garden and the sculptures were incredible. Will definitely return

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this attraction on an excursion from a cruise ship. We weren't sure what it was and we asked at the Shore Excursions Desk and they said it was well worth a visit. They were right! It is amazing and very different from anything we had seen. You have to walk up a steep hill to get there and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. It was an amazing, if slightly mad, garden. And so relaxing. A must do if you visit Akaroa.

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I drove to Akaroa for a day trip from Christchurch. We decided to visit The Giants House after a recommendation from the Info Centre, Christchurch and we are very glad we did.... this is not something we would normally do. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the garden and the mosaics, one surprise after another Take time to watch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing eclectic artist, Josie Martin, was extremely interesting and her story of the home is also amazing. She has does wonders with the home and even more so with the gardens. Awesome mosaics in the garden all around the house, up the hill and down the hill and all over. This would be a lovely bed and breakfast place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see in Akaroa! I loved this whimsical garden full of mosaics. It is a hike up the hill and another hike up a steep driveway followed by quite a few stairs, so it's not a trip for anyone with mobility issues. So many details everywhere you turn--steps, handrails, walls--so much to take in! The gardens are stunning, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Josie Martin has created a wonderland out of brocken bits of crockery! The gardens are magical. You wonder through the gardens and meet singers, animals, beautiful mosaic steps and a water feature. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee and some cake.

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