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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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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This place is so magical. Highly recommended for all ages. Our kids loved it. Make sure you allow at least a couple of hours and take time to have a Devonshire Tea in the garden... read more

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This place is so magical. Highly recommended for all ages. Our kids loved it. Make sure you allow at least a couple of hours and take time to have a Devonshire Tea in the garden, bliss. Accommodation looks amazing too. We'll definitely be back!

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A repeat visit to the Giant's House with overseas family. I never tire of going to the Giants House as the lovely gardens are different every season. The mosaics are weird, wacky and amazing - reminding me of trips to Barcelona. However it is very much the brainchild of Josie Martin and needs to be seen to be believed. Also... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband was very sceptical but I had wanted to visit The Giants House for such a long time, it definitely didn't dissapoint and exceeded my expectations, had a wonderful visit

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the $20 entry charge. The garden is absolutely amazing not only with the mosaic sculptures but the whole lay out and plants especially the succulents. Loved the background 🎶 What an amazing labour of creativity from Josie Martin

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Silverton, Oregon
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place reminded me of Gaudi's work but it is an artist who lives on the property and has created so much beauty in every single spot in the yard. My husband wouldn't go in, he sat out front with another man and talked while I walked through and snapped photos. I loved this place and am glad I went.... More 

Thank atwell4
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly iconic display of mosaicing. Every twist and turn became a wow and brought a huge smile. The artist who created this fun space must still see the world through a child's eye. I could have spent all afternoon exploring and touching this tactile display but alas the rain came and we had about two hours there. Loved the... More 

Thank T5531ALelainem
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very stunning art work, i visited the place twice with my friends and family. the artist really did an amazing job. very colorful and its really like a magical garden. its a hidden beauty in akaroa. place is very nice, the fee is just a bit expensive for just less than an hour stroll. we're looking for a coffee shop... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How lucky is the artist to be able to turn her passion into a garden to be shared by many! The hours that have gone into her work are obvious to see. Great fun and unusual to allow people to interact with the displays. And an added bonus are the stunning views.

Thank Tabatha1998
Eastbourne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a weekend staying at the giant's house...Josie is an inspiration and her art is reflected in this magical garden....a must see for anyone who ever listened to a fairytale as a child...Peter and Pam

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Sydney, Australia
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This Giants House is quite a bit of an uphill walk from the town... but well with the trip. Once up a flight of rather steep stone steps, you enter a beautiful colourful quirky tiled sculptured garden all done by Jodie Martin who is herself a quirky colourful lady ! Enjoy the view of the town from up high on... More 

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