We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Giant's House

68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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!
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“josie martin” (83 reviews)
“entrance fee” (30 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 14:00 - 16:00
68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
Write a Review
Reviews (746)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 722 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surreal, has to be seen to be believed. I'm unable to give it justice with my words so I won't. If you're in Akaroa don't miss it.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit when in the vicinity of Akaroa. 20 years of amazing work by Josie Martin. Hard to believe one person could do all these mosaics.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't really know anything about the Giants House but loved it ... reminded us of Gaudy in Barcelona!

Thank johnbonny2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Up a steep driveway you will see the passion of twenty years work. It costs $20 each to get in and well worth it to see the amazing mosaics and the beautiful garden on a very steep site. We absolutely loved it and would recommend...More

Thank DonnaRickWieland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of fun, quirky, interesting and mind boggling that anyone would want to do that much mosaic. Something different though and fun peeking around corners and another little gem to find. Very enjoyable.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The mosaic garden is unbelievable, a must if you are in Akaroa. It's a steep walk up the hill from Ackaroa, we suggest you drive.

Thank Jennepher G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is fantastic. It is an experience, the sculpture, the gardens, the art, the pathways. Allow at least 2 hours to take this in. FYI, the driveway is VERY STEEP but so worth the trek, as the wonder opens before your eyes.

Thank Audrey K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Long steep driveway to get up. Good walking shoes preferably. Beautifully set out with pockets of themes and colours. A garden of beauty and detail. Sit and take in the manicured garden or explore each theme. The MOSAICS are incredible pieces of art work flowing...More

Thank Heinickes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank Bridget C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank VanessaJ72
Nearby Restaurants
The Little Bistro
720 reviews
.75 km away
The Brasserie Kitchen And Bar
464 reviews
.70 km away
Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar
790 reviews
.85 km away
Ma Maison
447 reviews
.71 km away
Nearby Attractions
Banks Peninsula
924 reviews
.86 km away
Akaroa Lighthouse
78 reviews
1.45 km away
Akaroa Museum
134 reviews
.64 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Richard G
what is the entrance fee is there a shuttle bus from port
4 December 2015|
Answer Show all 9 answers
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
What is the entrance fee . is there a shuttle bus at port
4 December 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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
We are coming to Akaroa in February on a cruise ship, how far are you from the cruise port and how much is the entrance fee. We would love to visit The Giants House Kind regards
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