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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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Delightful whimsical quirky garden/house

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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New Castle, New Hampshire, United States
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New Castle, New Hampshire, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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57 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Corumba, MS
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This unusual architect, designer and delightful lady built her house inspired on nature and art. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Akaroa, the view on a shiny day is just breathtaking. The atmosphere is incredible and you will be well received in her crazily modern house.

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A friend and I visited the Giants House while spending a few days in Akaroa. It is a fair walk up a hill and as you go into the entry pavilion it is like entering an alternate universe. The garden has been transformed with mosaic clad figures and objects which are a joy to behold yet somewhat disconcerting. It is... More 

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Shorewood, Illinois
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

OMG! Plan to spend a couple hours at least trying to see this dreamland of beautiful artwork! It's a steep climb up the street to get to the actual house, but once there it's well worth the climb. Ceramic sculptures abound in every size, shape, color, creature, you name it! Again, you will need to be pretty sure footed to... More 

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Oxford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Be prepared to walk round with your mouth open - this garden is incredible. The combination of all of the artwork, the setting of the art as part of the garden and the garden itself is incredible. The mosaics, the creatures, the paths, the flowers, the fully-laden fruit trees - what a spot! Initially I was a little put off... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

So, it was raining hard since early morning, that day. We got confused if we should go in to this place or not. With a 20$ entrance fee, you'd probably want it to be dry and nice. The rain finally stopped but it's still quite gloomy. We decided to go in afterall. They gave us a pair of umbrellas but... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We visited The Giant’s House as part of a shore excursion tour of the Banks Peninsula. We were not sure what to expect, but were definitely awed with The Giant’s House. It is indescribable! We were introduced to the artist/owner, Josie Martin, and then left on our own to explore. It is an amazing display of artistry, imagination, and engineering.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Made a trip "home" from USA at Xmas time and took family here to see this. There were 6 of us and they all live in CHCH and had never heard of it! Truly an amazing place. It is well worth the admission price. You will not be disappointed. The photos don't do it justice either. I will be back!!

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