The Giant's House, Akaroa

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Garden on National Significance

Recommend by Lonely Planet

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.
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  • My daughter and I spent an afternoon here and quite honestly I could have spent the whole day! The attention to detail is phenomenal across this deceivingly large garden. A True artist created somethi...  more »
  • Don't miss visiting this amazing home and garden. It takes your breath away. The mosaics are incredibly beautiful and the garden is a delight  more »
  • My husband was a little sceptical about visiting the Giants House but was blown away by this amazing place and put it on his list for memorable places visited. Everywhere you looked was something diff...  more »
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  • Almost didn't do this as the $17 each pensioner cost seemed a bit steep. Glad we bit the bullet and paid the entrance fee as it was a magnificent experience. What a superbly constructed and imaginative garden this is. The place is a visual overload of mosaic artistry, perfectly maintained and an opportunity for photo taking overload. Undoubtedly a real labour of love and an expression of artistic vision. If you went to Akaroa and this was all you did you would come away smiling.
  • Fun, quirky place. The artist who made these has a lot of creativity for sure. Entry fee a bit steep; but if you enjoy modern art or have an eccentric side, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.
  • Lovely place to spend an hour or two. Nice to be back after 15 years, much has been added and expanded. It's a little dear, but don't miss the opportunity.
  • Fantastic place. Areal labour of love and all on such a small piece of land. Inspiring and how long must it have taken to reach this standard. Certainly worth a visit. Did not find the art in the gallery inspiring though. Liked the way the moaisic were placed with the plants.
  • Some art works are quirky but mostly lovely. Should be careful when it rains. Nice place to take good pictures. Recommend to go Tuesday and Wednesday as there will be no cruise ship travellers. Better to visit when it is quiet.

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