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The Giants House, Akaroa
(4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had a great time at the garden, well worth the entrance fee. I thought it was a nice change from some of the other touristy things to do in new Zealand and great to talk to the, extremely passionat...  more »
  • where do people come up with such wonderful concepts and ideas not to mention the actual hours of work. The colours and great photo opportunities. $NZ20. good value. Doesn't open until 12:30 but opene...  more »
  • The Giant's House is a beautiful old house restored by NZ artist and sculptor Josie Martin. The garden is open to the public for $20 and is stunning, packed with beautiful flowering plants and even mo...  more »