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Review of The Giant's House

The Giant's House
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US$19.98*
and up
Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Kerikeri, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“wow, you have got to see this place”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This would be one of the star attractions of Akaroa, such a unique , wonderful display of mosaic sculptures, truly jaw dropping stuff. Be careful if its wet, as the tiles can be very slippery, take your time to see everything. Incredible.

Visited March 2014
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Josie M, Owner at The Giant's House, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Great comments, thank you so much.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“All things amazing....”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We visited "The Giant's House" last weekend and had the pleasure of meeting the owner. What wonderful place she has created. Amazing mosaic sculptures and immaculately kept garden.

Visited May 2014
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Josie M, Owner at The Giant's House, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you so much..
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Sarasota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Larger than Life”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The walk up the hill is steep so take your time. Then you enter into a world of wonderland. The Artist Josie started by finding pieces of broken porcelain from the 17 and 1800s as she had the hill beside the house terraced for her garden. With those broken pieces, and a lot more, she has created mozaics of creatures and people and things taking you into a different world. The colors are outstanding and you will find yourself messmerized by the art and flowers. Definitely worth the trip up the hill.

Visited February 2014
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Josie M, Owner at The Giant's House, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely comments...
I would really like to know why you didn't give it 5 stars though?
Please email, if you have time josiemartin@paradise.net.nz
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Brisbane, Australia
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“aMAZING wORK”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

tHE Giants House is a must if you go to Akaroa. It is a steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep way up there, but it is worth the money and the walk.In a beautiful garden you will see the most amazing flowers animals statues etc. made from Mosaics. What a Place to relax . It is absolutely stunning. And you can enjoy a Pot of coffee by the end of your trip under beautiful trees.
We loved it.

Visited May 2014
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Josie M, Owner at The Giant's House, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Amazing comments, thank you so much..
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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“Magical Experience”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is the best land based place to go in Akaroa and suitable for all ages. The Giants House is an amazing garden of mosaic sculptures of great statue.It is on the outskirts of Akaroa about 15 minutes walk from the main center. The owner has created a beautiful garden also. It is an idyllic place where one can wander around at leisure veiwing the awesome mosaic sculptures,garden, house and surroundings.

Visited November 2013
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Josie M, Owner at The Giant's House, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Magical comments, thank you so much.
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