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The Giants House

Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7501
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Owner description: The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with...
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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This would have to be one of the most amazing places to visit. I was a little dubious when told to visit a mosaic garden as it didn't really sound like my thing. And then when I saw the driveway and the $20 entry fee, I could easily have walked away. But I carried on up the stairs and I... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit for something different to do. The work put into the garden is amazing. I do think it was slightly over priced and it is quiet a walk for a lot of the elderly people who would come up from the cruise ships.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What a wonderful fine on a beautiful day in Akaroa. Read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to try a visit while I was in town. What a great way to spend the afternoon. The artist herself was on the property. Quite a highlight to our trip!

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Hobart, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Absolutely amazing! I wasn't sure what to expect when I we booked. Wow! What a treat! The mosaic artwork that dominates the beautiful garden is unbelievable. All the work of one very clever lady. Prebooking on a bus tour we also go to view in side the house. This was equally stunning. Very individual!

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

So kind, thank you...creating and designing in the house is also exciting for me. More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are an artist or a fun person you will love this quirky place in the very beautiful town of Akaroa. The mosaics are amazing and well worth the $20.00 and walk up the hill to get there. Cafe is lovely and a good view of the bay as well. Lots of stairs.

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

Thank you very much More 

Tumby Bay, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An absolutely amazing place. The name did not attract us to visit, but reviews from other trip advisor commentators did for which we thank them.The larger than life mosaic sculptures obviously have contributed to the naming. The $20 entrance fee was much cheaper than doing an organised tour, and we did not have time constraints. Dont rush a visit here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Anyone who has been to Barcelona cannot fail to see/hear the echoes of Gaudi in this extremely talented artists work. Gaudi is long dead, 1926, but Josie is alive and kicking and it shows in her great eye for colour and form, the complimentary planting is a winner too. Get there bang on time to get ahead of the crowd,... More 

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

Lovely heartwarming comments..I love doing every part of it..thank you very much. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Everything was wonderful, colourful, fun, quirky and eel, worth a visit! PRticularly loved the music!

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

Thank you - Linn Lirkins singing makes my plants grow better!! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Sure it's interesting but not at $20 per adult and $10 per kiddie! After the steep climb up the street etc don't get fleeced!

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

I have no reply to you..words fail me.. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

What a delightful place to visit. Not one let down at this place. Just remember to take your camera and allow plenty of time ( at lest one hour )

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