Akaroa Shopping

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    Woolshed Gallery: Woollen products

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    Woolshed Gallery is another shop which has been around for at least the past 10 years I've been visiting Akaroa. What makes it unique, is that the woollen products are NZ made, and very little (if any) acrylic wool to be seen, so technically these jumpers etc could pretty much last a lifetime if looked after!

    The most unique products are made from lambswool and Possum Merino combination, such as beautifully soft socks, hats, jumpers, cardigans, etc.

    Pricing is very good too. The beautiful cardigan I bought cost around NZ $225 (and I got the GST taken off that because I'm an international visitor) and the cheapest I saw in Christchurch was $250 (with a much lesser range). At Christchurch airport, I saw similar jumpers for $500! Made of the same fibres!
    Friendly shop owner too, asks you where you are from.

    What to buy: Merino wool and possum wool products - jumpers, cardigans, jackets and coats, socks, jackets, coats, hats, sheepskin, souvenirs, skin care products and more.

    What to pay: NZ $220-$260 for jumpers/cardigans on average.

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    Fire and Ice: Beautiful jewellery

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    Fire and Ice is special because it's the main shop I remember from my first visit to Akaroa in 2004 which, now in 2015, is still there! It still looks the same as it always has, a beautiful shop, colourful on the outside AND the inside. The jewellery is beautiful, much of it quite unique.

    What to buy: Paua Pearls, woollen clothing (ie socks and jumpers), local NZ arts and crafts.

    example of NZ's penchant for bright colour, 2007 Fire and Ice, 2015
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    various: NZ Souvenirs

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 26, 2015

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    There are quite a few gift/souvenir shops in Akaroa now, as it grows in popularity, especially with cruise ships coming.
    The largest group of souvenir type shops are found in Beach Rd (some in Rue Lavaud and other streets as well).

    What to buy: Paua Pearl products, jewellery, wooden items such as maori carvings, and much much more.

    souvenir shop in Beach Road
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    Blue Pearl Gallery: Paua pearls, jewellery and more

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 26, 2015

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    This bright blue shop on the wharf is eye catching both outside and inside.
    You can see so many of the rare Paua Pearls and watch videos which explain how they are farmed in NZ waters including Akaroa.

    What to buy: Paua Pearls

    What to pay: Starts at around $500 or so and upwards to thousands and thousands of dollars

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    Pot Pourri: locally made Fudge and Homewares

    by Kate-Me Updated Apr 26, 2015

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    In 2015, this shop is still here!
    To me, what made this shop special, was the sign outside advertising free fudge tastings....so of course I went in.

    They made about 15 different types of fudge, some quite different - that is to say, out of the ordinary, and quite attractive, such as the Baileys flavoured fudge, which I had to buy.
    Best of all, you didn't have to buy a whole packet of it (though you could if you wished, or buy a bag with a stick of fudge from about 8 different types) but you could just buy a piece, as it was sold by weight, and wrapped in greased paper for you. Excellent!

    What to buy: Specialty fudge, made on the premises.

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    Blue Pearl Gallery: Blue Pearls

    by al2401 Written Aug 3, 2012

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    The shop is in a unigue spot - along the wharf in Akaroa. It is painted a bright blue.

    Blue pearls are cultured pearls created in a NZ Paua rather than an oyster and the end result is incredible.

    What to buy: There is a Blue Pearl farm in Akaroa so it would be a special item for that area.

    What to pay: For quality pearl mounted in a basic design - $450 NZ - this can be worn on a black strap or as an enahncer on a string of white pearls.

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    Pot Pourri: A little bit of everything

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 29, 2007

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    If you are looking for a little store with a bit of everything mixed in, then Akaroa's Pot Pourri is for you. There was a wide assortment of souvenirs, trinkets, forgetme-nots, and other whatnots in the place that would make anyone not travelling to Akaroa jealous of your time here.

    What got me in the door however was the smell of fresh Akaroa Fudge. As any good fudge shop should, there are free samples to be had of the 40 different varieties.

    What to buy: Definitely go with the Hokey Pokey fudge... it is original!

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    Naturally Jade: Jade

    by rozehill Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Hand carved jewellery by Graeme Wylie..Master Carver.

    What to buy: Different Carvings of Jade

    Hook>>>>stregth and determination

    Twist>>>Bonding and friendship

    Manaia>>>Balance in nature

    Koru>>> Growth and peace

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    Lavender and Honey: Lavender and Honey items

    by rozehill Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    You can smell this shop before going inside it is so fragrant. Lots of handcrafts made locally from honey and lavander.

    What to buy: Lavender and Honey is a specialty shop in Akaroa, a small seaside resort town. As the name suggests Lavender and Honey specialises in lavender products, fine New Zealand honeys and lavender products, along with many gift items.

    What to pay: Reasonaly priced for excellent quality

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    Fire and Ice: Gemstones

    by rozehill Updated Apr 16, 2003

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    Specialising in natural crystals, gemstones and minerals; gold and silver jewellery. Importers of pure Aromatherapy essential oils. Nationwide distribution direct to public at wholesale prices.

    What to buy: A world-wide selection of top quality mineral and gemstone specimens for the collector. Exquisite hand-made gold and silver jewellery, unique designs made on the premises. Open every day.

    What to pay: Reasonably priced

    Gems

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