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The Giant's House

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Giants House

This labour of love by an extremely talented artist is a magical experience for all. Certainly... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Queensland, Australia
via mobile

Colourful, artisitc and quirky. Spent more than an hour wandering this place. So clever and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Donna B
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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...more
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This labour of love by an extremely talented artist is a magical experience for all. Certainly worth the entry fee.

Thank ElizabethWeldon
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Colourful, artisitc and quirky. Spent more than an hour wandering this place. So clever and the gardens are gorgeous too. Took my 22 year old son and thought he might think it boring but even he was fascinated. Truely amazing.

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing, unique and colourful garden. There is also an interesting video of the artist. An absolute must if you are visiting Akaroa.

Thank gillkeithclements
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place. Josie has created a magical place for young and old. Recommend you allow a couple of hours as there is so much to see.

Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expensive. Lots of work put into. You're either into this or not. I'm not. Lots of mosaic. Wow. Gallery very amateurish. Other tourists just simply love this stuff. Plenty of flowers. Over glorified garden.

1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to see this to really appreciate it. The talent and hard work over the years has made this into a must see in Akaroa. Take time to look at all the detail, it is intriguing. I was unsure what to expect, and it...More

1  Thank Donna T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is clearly a labour of love. The artist apparently found china fragments while working in her garden and then landscaped the whole garden into an Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy, complete with mosaics, lovely details and thoughtful touches. Definitely a must-see in Akaroa.

1  Thank Rosie T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding gardens and artwork, spent a wonderful hour being charmed by the whimsical mosaics and enjoying the colour coordinated and structured garden. Highly recommend this place.

Thank bianca5699
Reviewed 6 September 2018

My wife and I visit this place which is one of the recommended destinations in Akaroa. We hate it! Later I look at the reviews of others and discover an overall rating of 4.5/5 ! Oh well ... . We approach the house walking up...More

4  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Multiple people had recommended the Giant's House to me, saying there's a ton to see. They were totally right. It was amazing to see all of Josie's work, admire the creativity and bright colors, and ponder the amount of time it took to assemble everything....More

Thank GillianB1459
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8 September 2018|
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Response from Josie M | Property representative |
Very sorry, unfortunately not..!
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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