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The Giants House, Akaroa

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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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  • As a cruise stop, after touring for part of the day, our guide ended the day at the Giants House! It was one of the highlights of the day! Josie, the owner and host, is amazing. She has created this g...  more »
  • What an amazing concept, I have never seen anything like this before. A great way to spend an hour on a sunny day, exploring the fascinating sculptures and art. There is so much thought and design in ...  more »
  • My family & I visited The Giants House while cruising the Emerald Princess middle of Jan'2017. What this lady has transformed this hilly location in to is the quirkiest & most beautifully crafted mosa...  more »