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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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A total suprise and fantastic

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... read more

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

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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Qld
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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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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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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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Sparks, Nevada
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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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villahermosa
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

You are in a fantasy world when you visit this place - this is a 'must see' when you visit Akaroa. We spent several hours here and walked around it a few times and saw something different each time - there's so much to take in!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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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Address: 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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