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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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  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep driveway” (20 reviews)
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place can not be missed. It is simply spectacular. The moment I walked in I was in awe. The time, effort, love and thought that went into this garden is something to be in awe at. The detail in the art is so much...More

Thank kymlfoley
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From someone without an artistic bone in her body I was blown away by this! The level of detail and imagination on display is really impressive. Great place to recapture your inner child. Well worth the entrance fee and the climb up the driveway. Thanks...More

Thank Maby18
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely incredible. Her work is out of this world. Make sure you take the time to visit. What a great artist.

Thank Alex B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great place - a visual spectacular with something to see wherever we looked. Hard not to be impressed with the detail and art on display

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was amazing. I thought it was worth every cent of the entry fee. The creativity and quirkiness was awesome. So much to look at, I think you could spend all day there and still see something different. Jodie Martin is a true artist her...More

Thank Mandy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit the house in a rainly afternoon. No signs put up. It is very slippery. I felt down and hurt my leg. Be careful!

Thank Chusheng S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit in Akaroa. A truly talented lady who has worked over many years to show off her remarkable talent. The creations are awesome and colour bright and vibrant.

Thank Diana K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amaaaazing experience. So much to see on both the micro and macro levels. Things to see, hear, smell, touch and taste - literally!! Watch the step down into the toilet, but don't miss the trip - use the comments wall and appreciate the...More

Thank Gavin6114
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cost I would consider on the high side for the time it takes to wander around the garden. In saying this the property is beautifully maintained and the mosaics were amazing. Well worth the walk up the hill.

Thank Cara G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Giant's House is one of the most fascinating artistic homes I've ever encountered. It's a grand building and grounds, now a Bed & Breakfast, at the top of the hill. The art work is on every imaginable surface, including a grand piano in the...More

Thank AzDEAT
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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.
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
4 July 2015|
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