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Garden on National Significance
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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!
The Giant's House has featured on top television programmes and in numerous house/art/garden magazines. The house has many extraordinary features - a grand entrance hall with mahogany staircase imported from France, original open fireplaces, beautifully proportioned rooms, a conservatory with mosaic floor, a large sunny sheltered verandah, quirky bathrooms, bright yellow farmhouse kitchen, comfortable large bedrooms with unique artistic features and artwork throughout.
Tours to The Giant's House
Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $20
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City and Giants House Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 6 hours
The Giant's House Reviews
We were recommended to visit the Giant’s house by one of the shop owners on the Main Street. A short 10 minute stroll from the centre of town you come across the house which is situated on a steep ris... more »
We enjoyed visiting this artist's garden of creativity. There is also a gallery of her artwork open inside the house as well. There is a $20 entrance fee. We wandered through the garden for about an h... more »
This has to be one of the most unique gems that my wife and I came across in Akaroa, if not in New Zealand. The ceramic work and mosaics that went into this garden are simply amazing. I am glad that we found this during our short walk through Akaroa and were able to experience the wondrous artistic mind of Josie.
Amazing garden lovingly created by Josie Martin! Was very wowed by her sense of creativity and artistic talent! Also very delighted to see so many different fruit trees (🍎🍐🍋) bearing fruit in January! Wonderful wonderful experience!
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