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The Giants House

The garden is a seriously playful, extraordinary wonderland, with a fully integrated combination of art works and gardens owned by Josie Martin, a qualified Horticulturist and Fellow of The Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, a painter, sculptor and ceramicist .

The Giants House has featured on top television programmes and in numerous house/art/garden magazines. At The Giants House you will be inspired, surprised and stimulated, in surroundings that will uplift your soul! It is a very special experience, quite ‘out of this world’.

The Giants House has been awarded for its recognition as a Garden of International Significance since 2018, and National Significance since 2012. It has also been recognized as a must-see in Akaroa on Tripadvisors for many years. ” Positive, colourful – it will make you smile. Seriously playful yet charming and elegant “

Josie’s artistic work is firmly optimistic and ultimately, derived from the observation of the world around her. Known as a painter for many years, starting out traditionally and evolving into lively, colourful abstract paintings, her work took a turn into sculpture in 1993 adding a new dimension to her work. Josie has been experimenting and working on her visual ideas with open minded seriousness, exploring paint, colour, form and materials intuitively, continually expressing a ‘joie de vivre’ with that hint of mischief which provokes change. Josie’s sculptures are in private collections and displayed in her Akaroa terraced garden, along with her large sculpturural mosaic installations.

“The Happiest Garden on Earth “ is a continual work in progress. Josie is currently working on a large light up sculptural mosaic and other mosaic installations. To quote Josie, “visiting the garden is a unique experience, which cannot be explained by looking at pictures . The whole garden, the combination of plants, mosaics, and ceramics, becomes a visual feast with a gallery and an outdoor delightful summer cafe.

Activities on offer:

- Garden displays
- Art collections
- Gallery
- Cafe


The Giants House Rue Balguerie, Akaroa, New Zealand

Josie Martin
Ph. +64 3 304 7501

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