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The Giant's House

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“josie martin”(100 reviews)
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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...more
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Outstanding gardens and artwork, spent a wonderful hour being charmed by the whimsical mosaics and enjoying the colour coordinated and structured garden. Highly recommend this place.

Thank bianca5699
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visit this place which is one of the recommended destinations in Akaroa. We hate it! Later I look at the reviews of others and discover an overall rating of 4.5/5 ! Oh well ... . We approach the house walking up...More

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Multiple people had recommended the Giant's House to me, saying there's a ton to see. They were totally right. It was amazing to see all of Josie's work, admire the creativity and bright colors, and ponder the amount of time it took to assemble everything....More

Thank GillianB1459
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another absolute must do in Akaroa. This garden and art is unbelievable. The grounds are perfectly maintained and manicured, the mosaic art work is so detailed make sure you look down on the pathways to appreciate all the little inclusions. There is so much to...More

Thank z1bby
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

THE GIANT'S HOUSE is an historic Akaroa house with terraced gardens, sculptures and mosaics, all by renowned NZ artist Josie Martin. It is unique: secluded and peaceful, yet at the same time a creative riot, and only a few minutes' walk from the centre of...More

1  Thank WanderingWabbits
Reviewed 1 August 2018 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.

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Reviewed 25 July 2018 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
Reviewed 19 July 2018 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

2  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 18 July 2018 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
Reviewed 14 July 2018

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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8 September 2018|
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Response from Josie M | Property representative |
Very sorry, unfortunately not..!
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.
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