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.
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!
Many French provincial and other items for sale, and rather unique ceramic ware (both indoor and outdoor - quite quirky as you'll see from the other photos - and pottery. They also do picture framing.
What to buy: French soaps (fairly reasonably priced too), French signs made of enamel or metal, French kitchenware, and unique animal themed glazed ceramic ware.
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
What makes this shop so special is that my husband sneaked into it when I wasn't looking and bought my 2004 Valentine's Day present here!
The shop stocks many different types of local arts and crafts.
The gift I got was a tile, painted with a scene of Akaroa, including the harbour, the lighthouse, and 2 of the rare Hectors dolphins which live in the bay. I'll always treasure it!
What to buy: The Artisan's Gallery has wood turned items, silk, woven and knitwear gear, studio pottery, glass and jewellery.
What to pay: The gallery seemed fairly expensive, but very good quality, so I think well worth it.
To me, what made this shop so 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 lime sorbet which I had to try, and then 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.
What to pay: The little piece of fudge I bought was only about $2 and extremely nice.
Gallerie Lavaud, to me, is one of the quaintest shop/gallery buildings in Rue Lavaud, and quite different in style to all the others, with its almost Victorian look wooden edging on the eaves of the roof.
Feu et Glace is special because it's the first shop I've ever seen to feature the very rare (only cultured in this area) Paua Pearl. I hadn't even known it existed before, and I saw it very few times since, so this must be one of the best places to see it and to buy it....if you can afford the price tag!
Paua pearls are the size of medium sized ordinary pearls, but they shine blue and green the way paua shell does, except darker. They're simply exquisite!
What to buy: Paua pearls, certainly, if exquisite jewellery is your thing. Fortunately I don't feel compelled to buy every gorgeous thing I see, or I would have been completely broke, buying just one pearl!
What to pay: Exquisite and so rare comes with a big price tag: very very basic single pearl in basic silver setting, $300. Most though, for example single pearl set in gold earrings, or single in pendant, averaged between $1500 - $2000!
Like so many other shops in the street, it's just very attractive and quaint, inside and out, with quality products presented attractively.
What to buy: At this shop, they specialise in Lavender and Honey products.
What to pay: You can expect to pay more than you would elsewhere, say, Christchurch, as Akaroa is a bit more exclusive, but you'll also find many special things you might not find in Christchurch or elsewhere at all.
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
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