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The Giant's House

68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We booked this attraction with Princess Cruises as part of a package with a visit to a sheep farm. Was not expecting much but WOW what a surprise! I have never toured a house and grounds that were such a work of art. The mosaics,...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Different to almost anything else excepting the works of Gaudi. This whole estate screams broken china assembled into a multitude of abstract people, statues, layouts and even a piano built into terraced gardens busting with flowers of all kinds. The artist, Josie Martin, whilst not...More

Thank hlpendula
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest I didn't really want to go as I thought it might be boring. A family member wanted to go and take photos so, as it was rainy and cold, I decided to go too. It was a wonderful surprise! The artist has...More

Thank Mummaofive
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Surreal, has to be seen to be believed. I'm unable to give it justice with my words so I won't. If you're in Akaroa don't miss it.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit when in the vicinity of Akaroa. 20 years of amazing work by Josie Martin. Hard to believe one person could do all these mosaics.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We didn't really know anything about the Giants House but loved it ... reminded us of Gaudy in Barcelona!

Thank johnbonny2017
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Up a steep driveway you will see the passion of twenty years work. It costs $20 each to get in and well worth it to see the amazing mosaics and the beautiful garden on a very steep site. We absolutely loved it and would recommend...More

Thank DonnaRickWieland
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Lots of fun, quirky, interesting and mind boggling that anyone would want to do that much mosaic. Something different though and fun peeking around corners and another little gem to find. Very enjoyable.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

The mosaic garden is unbelievable, a must if you are in Akaroa. It's a steep walk up the hill from Ackaroa, we suggest you drive.

Thank Jennepher G
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This place is fantastic. It is an experience, the sculpture, the gardens, the art, the pathways. Allow at least 2 hours to take this in. FYI, the driveway is VERY STEEP but so worth the trek, as the wonder opens before your eyes.

Thank Audrey K
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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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