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Address: 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7501
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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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A one off Experience

A must see. So mush work and artistic imagination. Larger than life mosaic figures that are a delight to young and old alike Don't miss it

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see. So mush work and artistic imagination. Larger than life mosaic figures that are a delight to young and old alike Don't miss it

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing garden full of ceramic features. Gives a person inspiration as to what they could go home and do. I did think that the $20 entry price was a bit high. Also the drive way up to it and the steps to ge in would be off putting for some, though I do believe another entrance is being worked on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

what an odd and fascinating place. so many great sculptures, nooks and crannies to discover and relax in

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Thank Adam L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very artistic, pleases the senses, multi talented artist with huge vision & eye for detail. Very steep driveway entrance though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We almost didn't go it - $20 to look at a few bits of broken pottery?? But so glad we did - it is a magical place with so many surprises. Don't miss it!

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was recommended to me by locals, or I would have missed it!! WOW what an amazing place. Certainly a hidden treasure, that I was delighted to stumble on. A must see. This amazing garden and sculptures just blew me away. The garden has a magical and serene feel to it, I could have stayed their all day and relaxed!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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 July 15, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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 July 10, 2016

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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