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The Giants House

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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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every time I go to akaroa I try to go to the giants house. it is such a lovely, magic place! don't miss it if you go to akaroa.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

every time I go to akaroa I try to go to the giants house. it is such a lovely, magic place! don't miss it if you go to akaroa.

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

is such a stunning place with so many amazing art works and groovey wee nooks and cranny's, could stay here all day drinking tea or wine and taking it all in while listening to french cafe music. Loved it!!!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a well set out display of ceramic work on a large scale and is very well done. There are many large sets and well worth a visit.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

For any traveller to the South Island the Giants House in Akaroa is a must. The owners vision in creating such a wonderful attraction is extraordinary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Fabulous village & garden!! Highly recommend!! Much French influence!! Most cruise ships stop here as the harbor is very deep.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Never knew this was there and what a fantastic place to visit. The owner is quirky but clearly very skilled in her art. I recommend everyone to go see this place. It's a gem in AKaroa

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This place is incredible and the artist so talented and imaginative. Glad we visited but could not help feel though the admission fee is about double what it should be. You also need to be bit careful walking around in the wet as the tiles are very very slippery under foot on a wet day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Of all the things we saw in New Zealand , this gallery-garden was truly amazing and would be on our list of things to go back and see again. The owner/artist’s story about how she started the mosaic creations was very interesting and the larger-than-life figures and environments are incredible. There is also a small gallery at the back of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If I hadn't stumbled across it on the internet before my trip I never would have even known it was there and I'm so glad I did because I was completely mesmerized by this beautiful home! Not only is the mosaic tile artwork gorgeous, but the artist has tied it in with beautiful landscaping as well. In order to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Everyone told us we should go, and they weren't wrong! The gardens are beautiful, and the art is incredible.

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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7501
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa

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