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The Giants House, Akaroa

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: Tours, Gardens
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... more » 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! « less
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
69 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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, Akaroa, 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
12 helpful votes 12 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, Akaroa, 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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Thank you so much.. More

Oamaru, New Zealand
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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, Akaroa, responded to this review

Great comments, thank you so much. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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

Sarasota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The walk up the hill is steep so take your time. Then you enter into a world of wonderland. The Artist Josie started by finding pieces of broken porcelain from the 17 and 1800s as she had the hill beside the house terraced for her garden. With those broken pieces, and a lot more, she has created mozaics of creatures... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely comments... I would really like to know why you didn't give it 5 stars though? Please email, if you have time josiemartin@paradise.net.nz More

Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

tHE Giants House is a must if you go to Akaroa. It is a steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep way up there, but it is worth the money and the walk.In a beautiful garden you will see the most amazing flowers animals statues etc. made from Mosaics. What a Place to relax . It is absolutely stunning. And you can enjoy a Pot of... More

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

Amazing comments, thank you so much.. More

Akaroa, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is the best land based place to go in Akaroa and suitable for all ages. The Giants House is an amazing garden of mosaic sculptures of great statue.It is on the outskirts of Akaroa about 15 minutes walk from the main center. The owner has created a beautiful garden also. It is an idyllic place where one can wander... More

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

Magical comments, thank you so much. More

Akaroa, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

An amazing work of skill, passion, creativity, hard work & exceptional talent. A massive masterpiece, sitting within the boundaries of Akaroa township. It is always a pleasure to take family, friends & tourists to visit this garden of national significance. The share size of the mosaics , the horticultural partnership of all the flowers and plants & the detail in... More

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

Wonderful review, thank you.. More

Timaru, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

What a fantastic hidden treasure this is. Even if mosaics are not your thing you will be blown away by the talent that Josie has. It has to be visited to fully appreciate the work that has gone into creating these amazing sculptures. We will definitely be going back in warmer weather so we can enjoy the café and sit... More

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