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The Giants House, Akaroa

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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.
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Where to stay in Akaroa

Akaroa has a decent number of accommodations available for its visitors, including many motels, apartments, and hostels located close to the water. French-themed bed and breakfasts nicely complement the local ambience, while luxury resorts and retreats offer an indulgent option when booked in advance. Farther from the center, you'll find RV parks and, on the roads leading out of the town, a few motels.
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  • Surreal, has to be seen to be believed. I'm unable to give it justice with my words so I won't. If you're in Akaroa don't miss it.  more »
  • This is a must visit when in the vicinity of Akaroa. 20 years of amazing work by Josie Martin. Hard to believe one person could do all these mosaics.  more »
  • We didn't really know anything about the Giants House but loved it ... reminded us of Gaudy in Barcelona!  more »
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  • An amazing labour of love. This garden displays the dedication and love the owner/artist has for mosiacing and gardening. It's magical and a must see if you're in Akaroa. Easy to find, just ask a local when you get there.
  • The mosaics are worth the trip alone. Being in the least obvious place on the planet makes it even more interesting
  • You've never seen anything like it and you'll kick yourself if you miss it. Worth the money and so so cool! If you're anywhere near Akaroa it's a must see!
  • Quirky place. Loved the vibe but a little pricy. Not the friendliest interaction with the artist. We were asking questions and she kept asking us if we read her pamphlet. Of course we read it, we are just trying to strike up a conversation.
  • Kooky and different. Josie is lovely and the mosaic art is amazing