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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7501
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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 is a 'must-see' when in Akaroa. The more we looked at each are and pieces in detail, the more we couldn't believe the time and talent gone into this place. Just incredible!

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a 'must-see' when in Akaroa. The more we looked at each are and pieces in detail, the more we couldn't believe the time and talent gone into this place. Just incredible!

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Thank Bridget C
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Words cannot describe enough how incredible this garden is. Such talent, creativity and joy to be found everywhere as you stroll through the beautiful gardens. The mosaic sculptures will amaze & delight you! Do not leave Akaroa without visiting.

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Thank VanessaJ72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told to visit this and what an experience, it was fantastic. Need to have plenty of time as the longer you spend here the more you would enjoy this garden and house. Can do it hint the hour but longer is better. Wonderful

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Thank Flick Ian C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its giant, unique and giant. Did I say giant twice?? Maybe its purposeful. ;) Okk so the whole house outside is covered in colorful ceramics with big statues lined along. The place is unique and a must visit if in Akaroa or Christchurch for that matter. Well worth the 12 or so Dollars as fees. Take pictures and relax in... More 

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Thank Creyons
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very impressed with the art gardens and house. It is worth a visit when you are on the peninsula.

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Thank Shirley M
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the walk up the hill, if you opt to take a car [off street parking] you will still need to negotiate the drive way and stairs - don't be put off by this as once you are on the grounds you have the choice of walking around the beautifully landscaped grounds or sitting in one of the prime spots... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been to this garden many times and always make a point of taking visitors. It just keeps getting better as Josie adds to her wonderful collection of mosaic sculptures. The gardens themselves are a delight but the mosaics are truly amazing. We spent a couple of hours here in April as there was so much to take in. Worthwhile... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is poetry, drama, aesthetics in every niche. We had driven up to Akaroa on a day trip on the penultimate day of our long trip on March 5th and almost missed this gem due to paucity of time. Very glad we made the time to enjoy this quirky piece of creativity nestled in equally scenic surroundings. The landscaping and... More 

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Thank IndFamTraveler
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Josie is a passionate and hard working artist. Her house and gardens are fun and whimsical and I am totally in awe of her amazing work. The mosaics are like nothing you will ever see again. I think children and adults alike would find the magical world she has created fascinating. I definitely recommend visiting The Giant's House.

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Thank Lisa C
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely loved The Giant's House! A fantasy of whimsical flowing forms enhanced by beautiful sculptured and tiered gardens. A new picture created at each turn. A happy place to visit, filled with colour, that felt good for my soul. Thank you Josie Martin!

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