Another of the funny things to...
Another of the funny things to see in New Zealand are the sheeps....oh well...not only the one on grasing in millions...but the ones that the farmer collects to move from one place to another, using the entire road parts. I guess for them it's nothing special, but for me and for most of the europeans it is extraordinary.
August Packing List
Most likely, Christchurch is not going to be your only destination on this trip, so make sure you pack your bags to be easily transportable for you. In August, it was definitely cold, but not freezing. I was perfectly fine with a rugby jersey and an undershirt. My wife went with a fleece coat, but was not too cold. I would recommend bringing a warm jacket, which can be shed during the warmer parts of the day.
From Cashmere we made our way to Lyttleton and it's stunning harbour. It was a very windy day and stopping at windy point look out wasn't the best idea. We were almost blown away, but the views of the harbour were great. The water in the harbour is of some special colour I had never seen before in the sea. It was funny since there was a big cruise ship of the Holland America Line, and being Dutch I thought that was quite a coincidence.
Fabric Vision and also other fabrics shops (Spotlight, sewing machines shops etc.) have a great selection of Kiwiana prints which make great cushion covers, table cloths, duvet covers, aprons, napkins etc. etc. If you want you can even sew a blouse or dress from them.
There are prints of all things that make New Zealand unique: the kiwi, kiwifruit, penguins, fantails, woodpigeons, pohutukawas, the kowhai, kaka beak, ferns, landscapes etc. There are also prints which are great for kids.
One metre costs about NZ$ 20 or a little less.
Of course, they also have "normal" fabrics, and some Australiana prints, but a NZ tourist should go there for the Kiwiana prints.
Although the shop's location is still noted with 141 Cashel Street you will not find it there anymore. It has moved to Bath Street, located right behind the New World Supermarket (Colombo St). Kiwiana fabrics by the metre NZ$ 20 or under per metre
The Shuttle is a free bus service that goes around the centre of Christchurch. The Bus travels as far north as Peterborough St, past the Casino, through Cathedral Square, down Colombo St (main street of Christchurch) and as far South as Moorhouse Ave - past Science Alive & the Hoyts movie complex then back in a loop up Colombo St. As it's free you can jump on & off as often as you like - the Bus Stops (21 in total) are bright Yellow and clearly marked as Shuttle stops.
There should be a bus every 10 minutes between 7.30am & 7pm week days (late night Friday & Saturday until 10.30pm) and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Between 5pm and 8pm Sunday there is a bus every 15 minutes.