The Giant's House, Akaroa

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Garden on National Significance

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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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  • Pros: - Fun, very well made - Lots of funky pics to take - cafe looks nice - interesting story Cons: - thought $20 per person was a lot for what it was, but I guess it’s just personal taste and how mu...  more »
  • A visit to The Giant's House is an absolute must do if you are visiting Akaroa. The mosaic gardens and surreal sculptures that you will encounter are the result of a 20+ year labour of love, created b...  more »
  • A fascinating location to visit for both the kids and adults. Really enjoyed exploring this quirky venue.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Absolutely fabulous!!! I have travelled to many places in the world and never seen anything quite like this. The experience is worth it...don’t let the walk up the hill deter you 😊❤️👍
  • Was here 2 days ago, far tastic place to visit. Spent 1 and half hours here. Took oodles of photos and partook of most of the beautiful mosaics. Gardens are awesome. Highly recommended.
  • Always love the giants house!! 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!

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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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