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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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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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Amazing place !

We were in Akora early February 2016 The visit to Gaints House is defently one of the top top experiences we add in beautiful NZ. Recommended to all ages. Zehava, Itzik... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were in Akora early February 2016 The visit to Gaints House is defently one of the top top experiences we add in beautiful NZ. Recommended to all ages. Zehava, Itzik , Nurit and Uzi from Israel

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. There are lots ofsculptures to see and the level of detail is amazing. It is the best garden I have ever visited and I didn't want to leave

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Virrat, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are around Canterbury, New Zealand, make an effort to visit this place. It is really worth of it. I have visited Gaudi´s park in Barcelona but I still liked this one more. It is short walk up hill from the center of of Akaroa. They also have B&B accommondation. Jaana and Tuija from Finland

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A quite unique experience. Many life sized figures of unusual design, peculiar concept and unique contruction.A majority of the materials used in the decoration are coloured tiles. Tips - stairs could be slippery on wet days. Not an easy uphill walk to the entry point for those with "dickie" knees and only open from Noon to 5PM.

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Thank Jeffrey S
Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed my visit to the Giants House. With me was my 7yr old daughter and my parents - we all loved it. The gardens and mosiacs were fantastic - worth a visit.

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect of the Giants House but really enjoyed it - the gardens & mosaics are beautiful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Giants House is truly magical and can transport even oldies like me back to childhood in a heartbeat. SO incredibly creative, colourful and magical. SO worth the $20 entry fee and walk from the beach. Loved every second of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our cruise ship stopped for a day in Akaroa (Dec 2015). We had a group of 4 and it was my idea to visit the Giants House. Everyone agreed at first, but when they saw the price and photos by the entrance, they said that it is 'too tacky' and they are not interested to go. I was upset because... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you enter the gate, you are accosted by the sound of music playing mysteriously as if from the mosaic piano in the center of the lawn. I was in awe, amazed and stunned at the absolute detail, work and awesomeness that had created what was before me. I wanted to look at everything at once but scared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh wow!! I'd looked this place up before travelling to new Zealand and it didn't let me down. As you arrive and climb the steep hill you are welcomed by sweet music playing to set the mood, the colours light you up with excitement and nothing dissapoints. The artwork and architecture of the mosaic sculptures is phenomenal.i felt like a... More 

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