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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7501
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2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, very interesting and whacky. highly recommend this garden

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Angelique Z
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome garden with mosaic. Little over priced at $20 per adult and $10 (2 to 12 years old). It takes about 15-20mins to see it all. And the "art display" is one room with about 6 pieces of art and a TV. Not recommend for elderly as there are lots of stairs and prams must stay out the front.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, very interesting and whacky. highly recommend this garden

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what a place to visit. Truly amazing garden of mosaics on the hill overlooking Akaroa harbour. The kids loved exploring all the different sculptures and we loved sitting looking at the views from this wonderful garden.

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing expression of colour and quirkiness. It is essentially a very large house and garden nestled in the hills. Josue Martin is the artist who owns the place and her love of colours shines throughout. The garden is an amazing mix of plants and mosaic sculptures winding all around the house. An added bonus is the views... More 

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Gurmels, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had asked a local what the one thing is we HAVE to do in Akaroa, and they said "The Giants House". And so we did. But when we got there we were taking a bit back by the price. For a family of four the price is 50 NZD. For an activity that is only open for a couple... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's overpriced for what it is but definitely an interesting/ unique tourist attraction. It feels surreal.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I had seen the Giants House garden on a TV program and always wanted to see it for myself - one day - Recently we visited Akaroa and this was first on my list of things to see & do. It is truely a magical place and you find yourself back in your childhood days. The detail and passion that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

wow, A lot of work has gone into this garden. Its like stepping into Alice in Wonderland. Worth a visit but very expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We took our grandchildren to see this and our 5 year old granddaughter absolutely loved it. My husband had to go back to the car with the 1 year old and the pushchair as it was too hard to continue. There is an amazing amount of work here in glorious colour with lots of imagination. Definitely an outdoor attraction and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The Giants House ceramic art works set in a hillside setting is one of the most extraordinary places I have ever visited. The vision of the owner in creating and displaying her works of art will leave you "gobsmacked". From a quiet little street in beautiful Akaroa, you are transported in to a fairyland as you entry the Giants House.... More 

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