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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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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7501
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Where possible, I check out the reviews before paying for an attraction. As this has very good reviews we happily paid the money and entered a world of fun. The piano first caught my eye and from then on every step had a different perspective...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 4 days ago

Akaroa is a nice lakeside town. The Giant's house is on a side street. The site is full of amazing mosaic pieces- a piano, musicians, ship, throne, animals... So much to look at in amazement. A little like Gaudi in Barcelona or Zagar in Philadelphia....More

Thank flresident_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

The extraordinary art work and sculptures is unbelievable. the different genres through out the property is just amazing. was a little disappointed though that 'Scorpio' was missing on the ledge where the eggs were painted with the star signs...

Thank TandKPikelet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to be missed if you are in Akaroa. Interesting and funky and a great garden. some really nice mosaic pieces.

Thank NSR1949
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was aplace we said we should visit but $20 each was way too much for a 15 minute walk round a garden. Yes it was different but there must be loads of people who turn away when they see the entry fee. It cost...More

1  Thank Andyroogolf
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Do take time to visit this magical artists garden. It is fun to walk amongst the giant sculptures and sit to admire the view from various seating areas. Wonderful use of mosaic using artist vision.

Thank Gusbo60
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We loved the Giant's house. What an amazing place. We were certainly wowed by the wonderful mosaics.

Thank Flossy1966
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Well worth a look and a casual walk around, the Giants House is s labour of love and a tribute to the artist. So much to see I suggest you go around twice because you will have surely missed something. $20 per adult and winter...More

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Reviewed 29 July 2017

The detail and the attention that has been put into each and every object is amazing! Even if you are not a big fan of mosaics you will enjoy this beautiful garden and creativity of the artist. Perfect if your dolphin trip gets cancelled.

Thank OnukuHostel
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We booked this attraction with Princess Cruises as part of a package with a visit to a sheep farm. Was not expecting much but WOW what a surprise! I have never toured a house and grounds that were such a work of art. The mosaics,...More

Thank Linda L
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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.
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