The Giants House

The Giants House, Akaroa: Hours, Address, The Giants House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Giants House
4.5
Art Galleries • Gardens
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The Happiest Garden on Earth..! Garden of International Significance.. A Josie Martin creation.. Colourful, beautiful balance between garden and art. Don’t miss the fun DVD playing in the contemporary art gallery. Terraced gardens with sculptures and incredible mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa.terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House!
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,753 contributions
Family
It is a bit pricey to go in, $50 for two adults and a 4 year old.
 
However it is quite spectacular, interesting, attractive and enjoyable to walk around exploring the works of art. It reminds me of Antoni Gaudí’s work.
 
It is up a very steep drive. No parking at the top.
 
The garden is filled with sculptures that the artist has created with mosaic tiles. She lives there onsite.
 
The garden itself is quite steep too. Wouldn’t recommend it to push chairs or wheelchairs sorry.
 
I had my very inquisitive two year old with us and it was a bit hectic with her, full anxiety levels as she wanted to touch everything. And upon entry you are told not to touch or sit on anything. Just a heads up!
 
Lovely thing to do for half an hour or so.
Written June 28, 2022
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kirsten_alastair
Porirua, New Zealand78 contributions
Family
Got to the artist’s garden about 3:40 and was told It closed at 4. Was rushed through as it closed at 4 so we had to whizz through. It was $60 for our family of five which is pricey as others have stated but the craft that the artist has used on all her statues and paths in the garden is truly incredible. The house is also amazing and a nice way to while away an afternoon. Should be noted that the garden is up a very steep driveway and much of the garden is also on a hillside so people going need to be aware of the need to do stairs.
Written April 22, 2021
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TheRobertsons43
Auckland Central, New Zealand226 contributions
Friends
We didn’t know what to expect at The Giants House but we were so glad we gave it a go and went inside. The mosaics are really fantastic and so creative. The garden is very beautiful and has an incredible variety of flowers, plants, and fruit trees. I couldn’t stop taking photos!
It was interesting to watch the DVD in the gallery where the artist, Josie Martin, is interviewed about her work. Highly recommend visiting The Giants House and it’s well worth the $20 admission fee.
Written March 10, 2020
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AliNel01
Nelson, New Zealand89 contributions
Lovely gardens, loved the ceramic piano on the front lawn of a beautiful old home. Some of the ceramic subjects are a little odd-looking but on the whole the colours and patterns are amazing. There are plenty of places to sit and just look around. It's expensive at $22.50 and I know several people who weren't prepared to pay this - they missed a great experience but the decision is understandable.
Written February 8, 2021
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67TravelBug67
Auckland, New Zealand1,009 contributions
Friends
I absolutely loved this garden and the colour, obvious passion that has been put into this labour of love.
The lovely house is located a short somewhat steep walk from the village up a steep driveway so you need to be physically fit to get there but no mountaineer.
The hours are limited so check opening hours and there is a nominal $20 entrance fee.
The garden is so vibrant both the flowers and the mosaics that you dont know where to look first.
The house itself is a private residence and looks amazing too.
Took so many photos and appreciate the work involved.
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Written September 19, 2020
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Luvinspoonful
Rotorua, New Zealand651 contributions
Stunning mosaic works of art woven into a garden tapestry.
There’s a steep walkway and though there’s a drop off point close to the top entry but deep stairs dominate the walkways so this is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties and I also would not recommend it for young families - children will consider the bright art pieces to be playground equipment and it would be a trial for parents to keep them off the statues and out of the water.
Check your foot gear, especially in wet weather as the mosaic work could be quite slippery.
This would be appealing to any person who finds art, gardens, creativity or beauty attractive.
Written December 19, 2020
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Janelle M
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Travelled from Australia to New Zealand on the Golden Princess (8th to 25th January 2020) and this tour 'WAS" to be the highlight of my port visit to Akaroa.
Lady at the front counter was rude, and advised us to go look around - without any directions. She seems annoyed that ANOTHER cruise tour had arrived.

Once closer to the actual house - another lady initially told us we were forbidden to enter until she realised we were part of the Princess Cruises Tour Group. Lady then allowed us to enter but provided NO HISTORY OR INFORMATION basically just told us don't touch anything and it was a private residence. Would have loved to known more about the artist and the meanings behind the art.

Outside the place was overcrowded, you couldn't get to fully see anything, let alone take a picture of the art. All path ways were crowded with people and you spent ages waiting to see anything.
Written January 27, 2020
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Will Graham
Henderson, New Zealand32 contributions
Couples
We had no expectation as we walked into Josie Martin's master piece as we were not aware of her work. We were imagining a few pieces of handcraft in a garden setting. This is not what this is. This wonderland of exquisitely placed art deserves far more recognition than it has received and should be promoted as a major drawcard for visiting Akaroa. The colours are carefully chosen by the artist and are sublime.
This is a work done by a skilled colourist. Her many self-referenced works are joyous, fairitale-like and skillfully set in-amongst companion planting. This place speaks to the imagination as all good art should. I hope this art installation will receive the international recognition it deserves one day. Shame on those Kiwi visitors that gave this work of art a poor review. This surely is sacrilege and the words of Philistines. Go and see this. You should be blown away.
Written February 12, 2021
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Rose
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A beautiful experience of Josie's fantastic sculpture garden. We were in awe of the artistic talent, colour and beauty of the garden and art gallery. We loved it!
We really appreciated the fun and artistry of the sculptures and beautifully kept garden and vegetables,
We would recommend a visit for both adults and chlidren.
Written August 6, 2020
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Mike A
Auckland Central, New Zealand121 contributions
When we rocked up here I wondered about the cost and value we might receive ($22.50 adults I think, and $20 for us oldies) but I worried unnecessarily - it was worth at least that! Unfortunately we'd left it late in the day (it closes at 4) so we only had 45 minutes to spend there, we could have spent hours! Absolutely amazing work by Josie Martin - hints of Gaudi and Hundertwasser but only hints, she is mistress of her own style. Difficult to pick out any specific pieces but her Adam and Eve and the piano on the front lawn would be hard to beat. Go as soon as you can and enjoy - kids will love it too. Cafe looked good but we were too late to try it!
Written April 1, 2021
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