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The Giants House, Akaroa
(4.7/5 based on 550+ 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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  • So worth the visit. Get lost in the beauty of Josie's elegant, mosaic sculptures and scenic garden with a vast array of stunning flowers. Visit her gallery and get a glimpse inside her stunning house....  more »
  • The day that we went to see the Giants house it was closed until 12 lunch so we could not see it which was very disappointing as we had to continue in our travels but were told well worth a visit in t...  more »
  • A marvellous lady in the main street recommended I walk the hill to the Giants House to see the Mosaics ... absolutely wonderful, worth the entry fee and a testimony to an artist's creativity, imagina...  more »