The Giants House, Akaroa

4.6
#3 of 22 in Historic Sites in Canterbury Region
5 Star Rate on Trip Advisor

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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  • August 5, 2017
    Do take time to visit this magical artists garden. It is fun to walk amongst the giant sculptures and sit to admire the view from various seating areas. Wonderful use of mosaic using artist vision.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    We loved the Giant's house. What an amazing place. We were certainly wowed by the wonderful mosaics.  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Well worth a look and a casual walk around, the Giants House is s labour of love and a tribute to the artist. So much to see I suggest you go around twice because you will have surely missed something...  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

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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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