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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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How come I had never heard of this stupendous attraction. Within a short walk of Akaroa township is the most amazing art work I have ever seen. All the work of one amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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231 reviews 231 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

How come I had never heard of this stupendous attraction. Within a short walk of Akaroa township is the most amazing art work I have ever seen. All the work of one amazing woman, this property has been transformed into a mosaic wonderland. Everywhere you look, she has created pieces of art some of which is just sheer fun and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is an experience not to be missed when staying in Akaroa. Our host Josie Martin and staff made us most welcome from the moment we arrived. Our stay in the Rose room was exceptional with the Venetian glass chandelier and magnificent views of the mosaic gardens and sculptures. Highlights: were having the grounds to ourselves that evening and morning... More 

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The mosaic creations were unlike anything we have experienced before. The imagination and labour that has gone into creating this garden masterpiece, just has to be seen to be believed.

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This was an amazing place to visit. You can walk here from town but it is a bit of a walk and mostly uphill. Well worth the walk. Built by a banker in the 1800s, later purchased by an artist, Josie Martin. She has dedicated her time to placing and building mosaic all over the grounds. We enjoyed strolling through... More 

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Preston Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visited whilst on a cruise. The whole experience was brilliant, it was imaginative, colourful with amazing sculptures and mosaics. Not what we had expected and would recommend anyone visiting Akaroa, N.Z. to pay a visit. Spent almost 3 enjoyable hours there and would certainly visit again if we ever return to N.Z.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Was not expecting this quant little place, when the sun came out we visited this great place. a great day out.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A must see if you are in Akaroa! Amazing sculptures made from fragments of pottery, glass and ceramics twinkle amidst the candy pink Giant's House and stunning gardens which wind up a hill to look across Akaroa Bay. Like being in a fairytale-every turn shows you something new and even more quirky than before. Incredible sensory experience-colour, texture, smell and... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We spent a lovely couple of hours walking around this small garden in Akoroa, in beautiful sunshine. The place is really interesting, the garden has been transformed into an open air art display, very reminiscent of the works of Gaudi in Barcelona. Well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare in the beautiful town of... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Brilliant place to visit and hard to explain. Wonderful mosaics everywhere and you can see a lot of work has been put. I went with partner but the kids there with others seemed to enjoy it too. I think you could visit again and again and see something different each time. You can walk around as much as you like... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It’s as if Gaudi had been transported from Barcelona and given this house and garden to work on. But it's even more than that. It’s a glorious, fantastical, ridiculous, imaginative, funny and simply enjoyable feast of colour and whimsical design. It’s an absolute must and I can’t imagine anyone who would not enjoy it. Depending on how much you decide... More 

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