Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

Aigantighe Art Gallery is an art gallery located in Timaru.

The art gallery was established in 1956 by the Grant family who migrated to Timaru from Scotland. Aigantighe is Scottish Gaelic for ‘at home’ and is pronounced ‘egg and tie’.

The mansion on the property was designed by architect James S. Turnbull, who was also the architect of Timaru hotel The Grosvenor (read my post about The Grosvenor here).

An additional wing was built on the 1908 mansion in 1978 to provide more extended exhibition space.

The gallery has a permanent collection of New Zealand and international art from the 16th century to today. The mansion part of the gallery has been closed since 2017 following a seismic assessment.

A sculpture garden is set amongst established trees and gardens.

Entry to the gallery is free. The gallery is open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 12pm – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (closed 25 – 26 December).

Aigantighe Art Gallery is located at 49 Wai-iti Road, Maori Hill, Timaru.

The Giant’s House Akaroa

The Giant’s House is a quirky sculpture, mosaic garden and gallery in Akaroa.

The Giant's House

The Giant’s House

The sculpture, mosaic and terraced garden is created by artist Josie Martin.

The Giant’s House is located at 68 Rue Balguerie, which is off Rue Lavaud (Akaroa’s main road).

Winter hours (1 May – 24 December) are 2 pm – 4 pm and summer hours (26 December – 30 April) are 12 pm – 5 pm. On cruise ship visiting days (October – December) it is open 12.30 pm – 4 pm. Adults are $20, children (2 – 15) are $10, students and NZ super gold card holders are $17. There are family pass tickets available.

The house also offers bed and breakfast accommodation.

The house was built in 1880 by the BNZ Bank Manager. It took 5 years to build the house using Kauri and Totara milled from the Banks Peninsula. The house was named ‘The Giant’s House’ after a little girl looked up at the house and said it was so big it must belong to a Giant.

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