The Giants House

The Giants House, Akaroa: Hours, Address, The Giants House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Giants House
4.5
Art Galleries • Gardens
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The Happiest Garden on Earth..! Garden of International 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!
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Robert R
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We had a great time exploring Akaroa aswell as many other locations around Banks Peninsula. Such a rich history here.
One of the highlights was visiting the museum at Okains Bay. This is a lifetimes work of of one man and continued by a dedicated group of volunteers.
It offers such a huge range of taonga Māori and early Pakeheā items that you can interact with. This small private museum is much more enjoyable to visit than the sterile atmosphere of TePapa.
The Giants House was also well worth the Visit.
Written 26 July 2022
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Nina
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Family
You just have to pay this place a visit when in Akaroa… the creativity and work that has gone into creating this magnificent place will leave you in awe… out of this world WOW factor!
Written 19 July 2022
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,580 contributions
What a strange place! A bit reminiscent of Gaudi in Spain, but not quite getting there. Regardless worth a visit, it is colourful and fun if nothing else!
Written 29 June 2022
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,753 contributions
Family
It is a bit pricey to go in, $50 for two adults and a 4 year old.
 
However it is quite spectacular, interesting, attractive and enjoyable to walk around exploring the works of art. It reminds me of Antoni Gaudí’s work.
 
It is up a very steep drive. No parking at the top.
 
The garden is filled with sculptures that the artist has created with mosaic tiles. She lives there onsite.
 
The garden itself is quite steep too. Wouldn’t recommend it to push chairs or wheelchairs sorry.
 
I had my very inquisitive two year old with us and it was a bit hectic with her, full anxiety levels as she wanted to touch everything. And upon entry you are told not to touch or sit on anything. Just a heads up!
 
Lovely thing to do for half an hour or so.
Written 28 June 2022
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Althea L
Auckland Central, New Zealand16 contributions
Friends
An amazing place with something new to see at every turn of the head. Spent about an hour and a half there, and kept seeing new things. Went with friends who did not always follow the same path as us, and they saw different things.
Written 27 May 2022
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Nigel G
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
This was a fantastic experience ... almost unbelievable that someone could make all this fantasy land and figures out of ceramics.
Written 25 May 2022
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FrequentFlier449833
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
Solo
Simply fabulous. Got to the top of the driveway and saw the price so hubby decided not to join me, his loss, it was amazing! I would recommend going hungry and buying a snack while you are there. I loved every little thing about it. I would definitely go again.
Written 20 May 2022
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paula l
Christchurch, New Zealand439 contributions
Been wanting to go for years, delighted to finally get there as it is in stunning setting. Amazing. Passionate about art & colour, the owner has dreamt up & then created an amazing world for both adults & children. Every angle shows a different perspective of colour & shape combined with the well planned out plantings. The art gallery portion & video presentation give a good insight. A peak inside the front door & thru the windows to the eclectic inside is tantalising, the sunroom just spectacular alongside the bedroom. Would love to stay. Looking out serenely across the valley, wonderful music sets the tune for fun, would be great at night as it lit up as well. Thoroughly recommend, we were there just on 2 hours & could have stayed longer easily.
Written 18 April 2022
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zhuhai2007
Christchurch, New Zealand49,043 contributions
Exceeded my expectations - whimsy at every turn. Prime exhibit IMO had to be the grand piano full of succulents. Overall the garden is stunning with a carefully curated range of plants that complement the sculpture at every turn.
Written 8 April 2022
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Raewyn H
6 contributions
This is way above what I expected. I had heard people say it is a must do and now I know why. Just one of those happy places that lifts your spirits as soon as you hear the music and you are absorbed by the colour and vibrancy. So much to see and take in - every nook and cranny has an interesting subject to look at. Outstanding.
Written 2 April 2022
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