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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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“steep driveway” (20 reviews)
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed yesterday

My second visit here. Absolutely love this place! So much hard work has gone into all the amazing stories these pieces say! Worth a visit....make sure you have a few spare hours! New works in progress :)

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

So interesting and it was a mouth opener even my grunting 15 year old brother. Definitely something to do if you are staying in Akaroa or Christchurch and while you are there go to the beach as well.

Thank Cole S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What an interesting and different experience - like nothing I’ve seen before but well worth a visit. The creativity is amazing.

Thank louisehM7093UG
Reviewed 2 days ago

Found this garden after seeing a advert for it.It was well worth the entrance and a must see for visitors the thought that has gone into the garden is amazing a bit of a cross of beig in Alice in Wonderland garden using colourfully mosaics...More

Thank wackyjacky52
Reviewed 5 days ago

Niki de Saint Phalle in New Zealand! Josie Martin works magic with flowers and tiles. Seeing her fantastical people and animals made me smile and occasionally laugh out loud! This is a grand place to visit.

Thank paulawk123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Josie Martin the artist who decorated the house and gardens is skilled at hortaculture and art. The gardens are outstanding and the ceramic scuptures unique. It reminded us of Gaudi creations in Barcelona. The gardens are open noon to 5 PM. The house is her...More

Thank Judy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to spend half an hour or so. Such a colourful and interesting site, everywhere you look there is something fun to see. You can tell that it's been created with a sense exuberance. Well worth a visit when in Akaroa.

Thank helenross83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Akaroa for a day as a cruise ship port. We not only enjoyed the whole town but took time to make the worthwhile uphill walk here. The garden and surrounding views are beautiful, and conversing with the artist Josie Martin is informative...More

1  Thank Marc K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic visit. Worth a visit. So clever and unique. A little expensive but!! It is so artistic and have never seen anything to match it. An easy walk round, lovely views and is of interest to all ages.

Thank BossuNZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read 10 other reviews and they all pretty much describe the experience. Only suggestion, if you aren't on a cruise, is to come early or late to avoid the crowds. I had the gardens alone late in the day and enjoyed myself and was able...More

Thank kgwieland
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Richard G
4 December 2015|
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Response from Trev4896 | Reviewed this property |
It's fascinating and well worth the visit and $20 The hill is very slight and easy for anyone. It's also not far up the slight incline. Do it. It's an international experience and a memory of Akaroa & NZ
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