Akaroa is not a mega-center for shoppers. You will not find malls or name-brand retailers. Instead, there are quaint, standalone boutiques emulating from the Main Wharf. These local merchants specialize in quality New Zealand products. A great example is Fire & Ice. Their extensive collection of hand-crafted jewelry features regional gemstones. Across Church Street is Akaroa Woolshed Gallery. They offer a wide selection of Merino, wool and possum clothing. That may not sound appealing. However, once you slip on a Merinomink sweater and feel the incredible softness, you will never want to take it off.