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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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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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Accompanying music was perfect!

This place was amazing. It was so peaceful, I just wanted to stay in the garden all day. It wasn't very busy, which also helped with the calming atmosphere. Definitely worth a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place was amazing. It was so peaceful, I just wanted to stay in the garden all day. It wasn't very busy, which also helped with the calming atmosphere. Definitely worth a look... I think anyone will admire the workmanship which has gone into these gardens. What an artist!

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Brentwood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Must see attraction if you're spending the day in Akaroa. The hike up the hill is strenuous I'll admit, but once in The Giants House you won't care. The mosaic tile work on each of the pieces is amazing. You can't help but leave with a smile on your face after visiting this whimsical place!

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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

First time we went we had 3 year old and baby in tow, plus two adults. We didn't end up going as felt the price was prohibitive. They would allow baby to go in free but not the 3 year old. Their response was that the children got a lot out of it too, which was interesting as a lot... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

every time I go to akaroa I try to go to the giants house. it is such a lovely, magic place! don't miss it if you go to akaroa.

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

is such a stunning place with so many amazing art works and groovey wee nooks and cranny's, could stay here all day drinking tea or wine and taking it all in while listening to french cafe music. Loved it!!!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a well set out display of ceramic work on a large scale and is very well done. There are many large sets and well worth a visit.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

For any traveller to the South Island the Giants House in Akaroa is a must. The owners vision in creating such a wonderful attraction is extraordinary.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Fabulous village & garden!! Highly recommend!! Much French influence!! Most cruise ships stop here as the harbor is very deep.

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

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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