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The Giant's House

  • 68 Rue Balguerie Map It
  • Akaroa


  • Fabulous, crazy mosaic artwork
  • Pleasant garden and leafy outlook
  • Contemporary art gallery


  • Very steep driveway
  • Garden tour visitors wander through in the afternoon

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

Named so because it looked like a giant's house to a visiting child, this grand old 1880 villa is full of art in unexpected places. Up the steep driveway hides a large garden crisscrossed by paths, fantastic larger-than-life mosaics, and colorful, welded sculptures. One of the guest rooms has a boat-shaped bed, another opens to a mosaic rose garden and conservatory. The garden and gallery are open for public tours from 2 to 4 daily, April to Christmas and noon to 5, Christmas to the end of April ($NZ20), with a garden cafe in the height of summer. The garden is now a Garden of National Significance. At this writing Giant's House is closed May–August, 2014, for earthquake repairs.

Hotel Information


68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa, Canterbury, 7250, New Zealand

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 3 rooms
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 10/27/2015

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