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The Giant's House

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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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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 incredible mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa.terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House!
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“josie martin” (100 reviews)
“entrance fee” (35 reviews)
“steep driveway” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Up the steep street and beyond the driveway lies the Giants House - a magical world of colour, music and delight. Mosaics are not my thing and gardening is a mystery- we were captivated! Would love to come back to with the grandchildren- they would...More

Thank 251janineg
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What an amazing house The mosaic art created here is a sight to behold. So many amazing creations and my daughter enjoyed writing on the toilet wall

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The kids were super excited to go see a giants house. We get there and they have the house blocked off with a piece of rope. We walked around the garden, which was lovely, but all and all, wasn't overly impressed considering the price of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hats off to the creator of this amazing garden, the creativity of this garden is outstanding. You will not want to hurry this visit so give yourself more than than you think! Make sure you watch the video to understand more about the stories of...More

Thank Pete M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just LOVED our fantastical adventure at this incredible unique(better than Gaudi )Giants House...the intricasies of Josies incredible imagination left us spellbound! A must see in NZ!! Spectacular views over Akaroa too! Truly inspirational!!

Thank JanMarStu
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning place of art and craft by one very clever artist. Really enjoyed the time we spent at this awesome house.

Thank Dr Stephen D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It cost $20 entrance fee for 20 to 30min walk around the garden, the house is closed to the public but you can stay there, so the fee is only for the grounds When you compare this to other gardens like Monet Garden in Giverny...More

Thank Still49
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had never heard of the Giant's House and from the pictures on the website was not sure it was going to be my thing. BUT being there was a totally different story - one of the happiest most colourful places I have seen. Perfect combination...More

Thank jmmclauchlan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn’t really know what to expect, but this place was interesting from the minute you set on up the driveway. The kids had an absolute ball exploring the garden and we totally enjoyed following along. So much creative, so much to see. We really enjoyed...More

Thank Julie G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very artistic house but a short walk around (15-20mins). Did not really enjoy my time there (might be due to the fact that I don't appreciate art as much as others). Can skip this if you don't have that much time in akaroa

Thank ZackLinzx
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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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