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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7501
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Description: 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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Whimsical Wonderland

Take a 1880 vintage house, add a mosaic artist and gardener and after 15 years, you have the most charming, colorful and imaginative terraced garden imaginable. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Flossmoor, Illinois
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Flossmoor, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Take a 1880 vintage house, add a mosaic artist and gardener and after 15 years, you have the most charming, colorful and imaginative terraced garden imaginable. The larger-than-life-sized fantasy creatures, the little nooks and seating areas and the fabulous flowers make for a memorable hour or two...or three. My husband was NOT interested in seeing this, but came away so... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Was a great experience as a one off. But the price of the place was very expensive. $40 for my partner and me and we were only there for around 30 minutes. Other than that though it was a really cool experience but I would not pay that again.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Despite no designated parking, being at the top of a very steep drive and the garden itself on a steep slope, this is really worth a visit. Completely different from anything else we have ever seen, great fun. Keep the camera ready and charged! We had lunch there and the sandwiches were made to order, with a great big pot... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Only spent about 30-40 minutes there, but it was definitely very interesting to see and a good experience. The artist was certainly very talented and whilst I enjoyed seeing the different mosaics and felt amazed at all the time and effort that must have gone into it, this house would have been appreciated more by people who are into this... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Quaint garden with a mix of interesting art, sculpture, flowers and veggies. Lovely to visit and fabulous views from the climb. It is a steep climb to get to house but worth it. The teas room service was poor asked for a cup of tea and was told it was a 30 min wait so I did not bother. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is truly worth the walk and climb up the steep driveway, also steps, however once inside the gardens and the mosaic artwork is magnificent. Spent over an hour enjoying the delights and colours within the garden. The view of the bay is remarkable as well. Total relaxation.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

As our ship docked in Akora last week, the Giants House was the first thing on our list as I had seen wonderful reviews and pictures. Don't get me wrong this amazing work is 100% worth seeing however we did not have such a pleasant experience with the front of house staff unfortunately. Before our visit my friend had done... More 

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New Castle, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We spent a delightful hour exploring the grounds and interior of the Giants House. There are surprises and treasures everywhere you look. The overall feel reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, but with different themes. The pictures I've seen online really don't capture the magic. Highly recommended if you love whimsical gardens, extreme creativity, art with a sense of humor,... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We heard about this attraction from our tour guide. Nowhere from her or any advertising was there mention of an admission fee. There is a sizable walk uphill to get to the garden then a $20 fee per person to go inside. Despite this we paid our fees and we're glad we did. The sculptures are truly gigantic and well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was everything we hoped for apart from weather ! What an amazing Legacy Josie has created for Akaroa and New Zealand. Plus we stayed in the Princess room. Jodie is a wonderful host. Thoroughly recommend. Terrie & Wendy x

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