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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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“entrance fee” (35 reviews)
“steep driveway” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An amazing garden with a surprise around every corner. A real work of art. The video of the making of the mosaics and the garden was definitely worth watching.

Thank KPG2503
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The work put into these broken crockery pieces is just amazing.You can spend hours here.There are rooms available for acommodation.

Thank BRIAN F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this place. I wasn't overly keen to go and am glad I was swayed. What an interesting place. The mosaics are creative -- and everywhere! On a nice day you could spend a...More

Thank TristanEF
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprise everywhere in the garden. Even the washroom is worth for a visit ! Look up and you would see ...

Thank HH630210
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Akaroa for a day trip with my husband and 13 yr old son and decided that this place was going to be a must. It was a scorchingly hot day and so my son was not feeling his being out side without shade(...More

Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful experience no one should miss when visiting Akaroa. Not well advertised though. Gardens were as interesting as the mosaic sculptures and art. Lovely bright colours to make you feel good.

Thank Hoorays
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family absolutely were mesmerised by this place. Transformed into a different world. My daughter played the piano for an hour. My son told stories. A must visit everyone will enjoy.

Thank linnyc1981
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible imagination and detail. At every turn something different caught your eye. Even the standard bushes were shaped into lifelike birds. We fell totally in love and our afternoon high tea made us feel quite special. Wished I’d had room for their ice cream sundaes...More

Thank Raynel H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. So much work must have gone into creating this garden. Very creative and artistic. Was worth the entrance fee and the cafe looked good to, on a nice day I can imagine it was be lovely. Just be weary there is no parking up...More

Thank Staceynl
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a friendly welcome at the Giant's House. A beautifull collection of large, colourful, mosaic covered sculptures set in a vibrant, flower-filled terraced garden. Spend time and lose yourself in this unique art, all created by artist, Jesse Martin. Note; The walk from the town...More

Thank Bestroo
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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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