Do not dismay when you quickly run out of shops to explore in the old English section of Akaroa. Simply walk north along Beach Road until you reach the former French settlement. Along Rue Lavaud are five more blocks of retailers plus a few restaurants and cafes. Go slow. Take time to peek inside. Discover the unique merchandise and experience the smiles of Akaroa shopkeepers. A great place to indulge is Peninsula General Store. Sample their gourmet foods and bakery items along with coffee and tea served in real china cups.