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Lynn
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Date: 8/2/12 12:28 PM

My husband and I are going on our "dream" trip to New Zealand, leaving late October and returning back to Canada in early December. Are there any interesting yarn/needlework/fabric shops I shouldn't miss? I sew, embroider, smock, and do a little knitting and crochet. We are planning to cover most of North and South Island with a few days on either end in Auckland. Let me know if I need to leave room in my suitcase!! Thanks!

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Date: 8/2/12 12:49 PM

Designer Textiles Factory Shop Otara Manukau Fabric This is in South Auckland
- It is a must if you like fabric. A huge number of fabrics in all price ranges. From $1/m to over $25/m. They have a Merino clothing factory attached to it so a lot of that and many designers sell end of line through here. When I lived in NZ it was my fabric heaven and on my visit last year I bought many fabrics to take home from there. I bought mainly pacific prints that you can't get here. They also have traditional Maori type prints.
Warning; it is a little hard to find as it is back from the main street and not in the best neighbourhood in Auckland.
If you go on Saturday, make it an early visit, it gets rather busy there.

In Invercargill there is a little wool store where they sell merino for knitting. Lovely ladies there and a lot of nice wool.

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Date: 8/2/12 5:11 PM

Oh how fun.......... I got the opportunity to go many years ago. Auckland was really fun and had lots to see. However my favorite part of the trip was going to -- I think it was called Queensland. Lots of nice little quaint shops with brick streets. And I saw a lady sitting in the middle of the brick street (no cars allowed there) with her spinning wheel. I still have her picture I would post it here but this was before digital cameras. And if you can take a cruise on their double decker boats through "Milford Sound" It has been a long time but I think that is correct. You are goign to really have fun

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Date: 8/2/12 7:23 PM

Oooh do you mean Queenstown?
Queensland is in Australia, a northern tropical state.
http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/

Queenstown is in New Zealand, at the foothills of magestic mountains, is an adventure hub, and looks like this:
http://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/information/AboutQueenstown/

Both are amazing places, Queenstown is high on my travel wish list.

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Date: 8/3/12 10:41 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, Gilraen. We are SO looking forward to our trip! Anyone we have known that has been there has nothing but good things to say. I'm still open to suggestions of needlework places to visit...!

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Date: 8/3/12 5:02 PM

YEs it was Queenstown. I went in October which was their Spring. The town had a ski resort (no snow because of the time of year) But it was open for Para Sailing Bunji jumping and some kind of board on wheels following a concrete trail. I don't know what they call it. LUte or something. Anyway, all I did is go up there and enjoy the view. The town is right on a lake; I still have a picture of the lake from the ski lodge with water so clear I could see the bottom of the lake. I can't tell you how amazing this all was. I won the trip selling RV's can you believe it?

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Date: 8/3/12 5:45 PM

What cities are you visiting?
There is a book called( I thiunk) NZ Crafty Girls Day out which has most shops listed.

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Date: 8/3/12 6:53 PM

Thanks, Skye--I tried googling and got "Crafty Girls Road Trip"--definitely my kind of book! Since we will be in NZ for several weeks, we'd like to visit most of the country. We are staying in downtown Auckland the first week before picking up our campervan, so I will look for the book in the stores there.

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Date: 8/3/12 6:59 PM

Skye your dog looks just like our dog Oscar.

I was last in NZ in 2004. I know the Kiwi's on this board may not recommend Spotlight, but I found the one in Dunedin to be a great place to explore. The choices for drapery fabrics were so much nicer than we have in Canada.

Also on my first trip (1988) we travelled over both Islands and at that time there appeared to be a yarn shop in almost every town.

It might be worth while to see if you can find a group in the communities you plan to visit and see if you can join in on a meeting. On my first trip I got to visit a private sheep station near Roxborough. Here is the link for the NZ Woman's Institute. My step mother is a member and I know her group loves international visitors (Oamaru).

I have bought a NZ Stitching magazine at Chapters in the past, that would be a great resource for shops and groups.

Also check for community fairs, we stumbled on one in Arrowtown in 1988.

One place you do not want to miss if you like chocolate isChocolate Boutique in Auckland

A non food place to see in Auckland is the Museum, I am not sure of the name, but it is on a hill in a huge park.

Lastly on the South Island stop in Oamaru to see the Little Blue (Fairy) Penguins Penguins. One the road to the penguin viewing station you will past the Red Sheds Red Shed Now I will admit to a bias, Bill Blair of Coppice Crafts is a distant cousin. He and a number of other traditional craftspeople have workshops in the Red Sheds.

Will you be driving? We covered over 5500KM on the first trip.

Enjoy your trip. NZ is a beautiful country.

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Date: 8/3/12 8:47 PM

Hi Lynn
link to book
just so you know what it looks like.
PM me if you would like me to get you a copy and send it to you.
Nancy's embroidery is worth a visit when in Wellington.
When travelling south on state highway 1 drop into Utiku
The Wool Company they have some nice yarns. In fact there are many nice wool yarn shops in most cities.

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