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The Giants House

68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3 304 7501
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Tours, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

So much work has been put into creating this artistic garden. I would love to visit when the house is open again as it was closed due to earthquake damage.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We found this curious garden fascinating, thought provoking and love how the planting complimented the art work so well. It was certainly very reminiscent of the Gaudi work in Barcelona.

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

At first our family contimplated whether to pay to see this garden but so glad we did. Our teenage boys enjoyed this the most. Amazing the time, effort and years that went into making this quirky, Eccentric and artfull by the very talented owner. Would love to go back and stay at the B & B next time. You can... More

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Thank you for lovely review...great to hear your teenage boys loved it too... Kind regards Josie More

Bribie Island, Australia
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365 reviews 365 reviews
161 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My husband & I first visited this incredible piece of art many years ago before it became a major tourist attraction. In fact we knocked on the door, asked to have a look and paid a small donation. We have been back a few times, the last while on a christmas cruise. Its great to see how the garden has... More

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for all your lovely support. So, sorry I was closed for you..the repairs were suppose to start in May, but got delayed.. I definitely love combining my to passions, gardening and art. And creating a comprehensive art environment for everyone to enjoy..just love seeing all the smiling happy surprised faces.. Kind regards Josie More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

As ChCh people, we have been to Akaroa many times and have never visited the Giant's House. What can I say - it is absolutely amazing! This is one of the most unique places in NZ to visit and highly recommend it to tourists if they want to see something totally different. We took our elderly 79 yr old mother... More

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Thanks you so much for your lovely review...put a big smile on my face and so glad your 79yr old mother made it, and love it... More

London, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was a beautiful little place, there has obviously been a lot of effort gone into it and is worth a visit

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm doing what I love and am passionate about, and so happy you enjoyed my creations. More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A lot to see and admire...take your time as little gems are everywhere. The owner has a delightfully quirky sense of humour and it's expressed everywhere.

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Lots of surprises everywhere alright.. Thanks for your lovely review More

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Akaroa in NZ is a beautiful spot with a stunning drive to get there. But I have to say, of all the great things to see and do, The Giants House was my favourite. If you like Gaudi and can't quite get to Spain, go to The Giant's House and delight in this amazing fantastic sculptural wonderland.

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Thank you so much.. More

Oamaru, New Zealand
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This would be one of the star attractions of Akaroa, such a unique , wonderful display of mosaic sculptures, truly jaw dropping stuff. Be careful if its wet, as the tiles can be very slippery, take your time to see everything. Incredible.

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Josie M, Owner at The Giants House, responded to this review

Great comments, thank you so much. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited "The Giant's House" last weekend and had the pleasure of meeting the owner. What wonderful place she has created. Amazing mosaic sculptures and immaculately kept garden.

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Thank you so much.. More

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