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15-Day ~ Australia & New Zealand Knitting Cruise (Feb 2020)

Holland America

Start Date:


February 26, 2020


End Date:


March 12, 2020

Australia & New Zealand Knitting Cruise (Feb 2020) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

15-Day Australia & New Zealand Knitting Cruise
w/ Lucy Neatby
February, 26 - March 12, 2020


Join Craft Cruises and Lucy Neatby on a knitting cruise adventure Downunder! Cruise from Sydney to Auckland visiting some of the most popular ports including Melbourne, Hobart, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa (Christchurch), Picton, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga (Rotorua). Cruise from the stunning port of Sydney to Melbourne and Tasmania before heading to New Zealand. With so much to see, New Zealand is best seen from a cruise ship since you only need to unpack and pack once. Explore Sydney and its surrounding areas, sample local wines, and shop at Sydney's best yarn shop, Skein Sisters. Visit the National Wool Museum and a working sheep farm just outside of Melbourne and explore Tasmania, one of the hardest destinations to reach within Australia. Australia and New Zealand offer an amazing and welcoming mixture of cultures, cuisines and people making it one of our most popular knitting trips.



In addition to the action-packed fiber adventures ashore Lucy Neatby will be teaching an onboard knitting program designed especially for this itinerary. On this cruise, Lucy will teach such popular favorites as Short Row Wizardry, Tips and Tricks for Knitting on Needles with Two Points, Cool Socks, Equilateral Triangles and Fringes, Folderols and Furbelows.



2020 Australia & New Zealand Knitting Cruise - Cruise Highlights


  • Visit Jane Slicer-Smith's studio where you'll enjoy a trunk show of Jane's popular knitwear designs.

  • Shop at Skein Sisters, the best yarn shop in Sydney where knitters will enjoy trying on tons of samples by local designers and shopping for souvenir yarn from popular indie dyers including White Gum, Adagio, Pirate Purl, Dingo Dyeworks and more.

  • Learn all about Polwarth sheep and sheep farming in the Outback at the Tarndie Homestead. This working sheep ranch has been developing and adapting the genetics and color of their sheep's fleece so that it is best suited for the environment of Victoria and the demands of hand knitters.

  • Enjoy a farm-fresh lunch of rustic pies made with lamb and sweet potato and fresh baked scones topped with clotted cream and homemade jam.

  • Take our Wool Lovers Tour in Hobart featuring the best shops specializing in locally dyed yarn, hear a talk on local sheep and see all of the best sights in Hobart while meeting the friendliest fiber artists in Australia and shopping for Tasmanian wool.

  • Food lovers can delight in cool-climate wines, handmade cheeses and the freshest seafood in the world in Tasmania.

  • Experience dense rainforest, crystal clear waters, towering peaks, wilderness scenery and marine wildlife in Fiordland National Park.

  • Visit the Larnach Castle on your way to the Albatross Visitor Center and Penguin Beach outside of Dunedin.

  • Take an entertaining and informative tour of the Speight's Brewery in Dunedin.

  • Spend the day at the Ashford Wheels & Looms with a tour of the mill and factory plus yarn shopping at the Ashford Craft Village.

  • Learn about Margaret Stove's fabulous lacework using ultra-fine handspun merino and see her work at her daughter's yarn shop, Holland Road near Wellington.

  • Shop for Knitsch Yarns made out of 100% New Zealand merino and the luxurious Spinning a Yarn hand-dyed yarns at Hollande Road.

  • Go to Te Papa Museum, New Zealand's best museum, featuring Māori artifacts, the National Art Collection and the Earthquake House where you can literally feel the earth move.

  • Visit a sheep station in rural New Zealand on a cruise-line-sponsored tour in Gisborne visiting Waipura Station, a 3,000 sheep farm where you will see shearing and learn all about the wool produced at this fourth-generation family farm.

  • In Rotorua go to the Agrodome, a working farm, where visitors learn about New Zealand's 19 sheep breeds while watching shearing, carding and herding demonstrations.

  • Experience New Zealand'?s geothermal attractions and the indigenous Maori culture at Whakarewarewa where visitors learn about local arts and crafts at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

  • Step back in time and visit Middle Earth on a tour visiting the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata while the ship dock is docked Tauranga.