The Giants House, Akaroa

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Must see · Garden · Art Gallery
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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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  • Loved this, have total garden envy - amazing morning wandering and exploring - finished off with a lovely Devonshire tea  more »
  • We had no expectation as we walked into Josie Martin's master piece as we were not aware of her work. We were imagining a few pieces of handcraft in a garden setting. This is not what this is. This...  more »
  • This has to be one of the most unique gems that my wife and I came across in Akaroa, if not in New Zealand. The ceramic work and mosaics that went into this garden are simply amazing. I am glad that we found this during our short walk through Akaroa and were able to experience the wondrous artistic mind of Josie.
  • Amazing garden lovingly created by Josie Martin! Was very wowed by her sense of creativity and artistic talent! Also very delighted to see so many different fruit trees (🍎🍐🍋) bearing fruit in January! Wonderful wonderful experience!

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