Touring with Gaille Smith is non-stop fun, creativity and laughter. Gaille has hosted acclaimed farm to yarn tours around New Zealand, Tasmania, Victoria, Shetland, Scotland and Ireland. Meet masters of their craft, make friends, and did we mention, laugh? Gaille’s passion for yarn and creativity is contagious. She has a knack of making every trip memorable. Gaille was Editor of Yarn Magazine, Artwear Publications, before taking Indie Road magazine from an idea and growing it to become Australia’s favourite fibre magazine in only 3 years. Gaille’s latest venture is as editor of Homespun Knitting and Crocheting, Beginners and Beyond magazine. If you love knitting, crochet, weaving or macrame you will love connecting and touring with yarn’s biggest fan, Gaille Smith.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Saturday 20 November 2021 Christchurch
Today we fly to Christchurch. On arrival we are met by Gaille and our private coach to travel into Christchurch where we will enjoy a sightseeing tour with our driver/ guide. The centre of Christchurch was devastated by the 2011 earthquake. We will drive by landmarks in the old CBD to see how much of the city has been rebuilt. We will stop at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with time to explore these beautiful and tranquil gardens. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to formally meet Gaille and other tour members.
Day 2 Sunday 21 November 2021 Christchurch
This morning we travel to the 250 acre, fourth generation Black Hills farm for a tour of the farm and the outbuildings, which date from 1863. These gorgeous buildings were restored using traditional materials between 1999 and 2004. This farm produces 100 percent natural dye free yarns and has won numerous awards for its yarn and knitwear designer collections.
Day 3 Monday 22 November 2021 Ashburton
This morning we will visit Outlaw Yarn, New Zealand’s most wanted yarn. We will see luxury yarn with interesting blends that contain alpaca, merino, possum and Polwarth. We continue to Ashburton, where we visit the Yarn Barn, part of the Crafty Cow, a Craft shop. Gaille will give the group shopping advice.
Day 4 Tuesday 23 November 2021 Ashburton
We will start on our two day workshop in dyeing today.
Day 5 Wednesday 24 November 2021 Ashburton
We will enjoy a second day of our dyeing and enjoy our finished product.
Day 6 Thursday 25 November 2021 Oamaru
Today we drive to Geraldine, a picturesque town at the foothills of the Southern Alps. We visit Country Rumours, which stocks Manitoba wool, a blend of Merino and Romney Cross as well as many other types of wool. We continue our journey to Lake Tekapo situated on the lake of the same name with gorgeous mountains in the distance. Our final destination for an overnight stay is Oamaru.
Day 7 Friday 26 November 2021 Queenstown
Today we travel to Queenstown, the magnificent holiday capital of New Zealand. Sitting on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by towering mountains, its scenery is among the most spectacular in the world.
Day 8 Saturday 27 November 2021 Queenstown
We will enjoy some of the best tourist activities today. We will take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for a magnificent view before sailing on a restored steamship around the Lake. We continue with a visit to Kiwi Wool shop, where we will be able to purchase from a huge range of yarns including naturally, Rare yarns, Crucci and Zealander.
Day 9 Sunday 28 November 2021 Queenstown
Today we travel to Arrowtown, a gold town dating from the 1860s. We will have time to explore its historic main street including The Stitching Post, a local shop stocking knitting yarns, quilting fabrics, embroidery and notions, before travelling to the Gibbston Wine Region for a tasting of its world famous pinot noir wine.
Day 10 Monday 29 November 2021 Dunedin
We drive to the city of Dunedin this morning. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the “Edinburgh of the South”, it now consists of beautifully preserved buildings overlooking parklands. This afternoon we will visit the historic Jacobean-style Olveston House, containing a treasure trove of art and antiques, as we explore this attractive city. We will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Gaille and other tour members.
Day 11 Tuesday 30 November 2021 Departure
This morning we will have the opportunity to visit Knit World, where there are a wide range of knitting and crochet patterns, yarns and supplies. We travel to the airport to board our early afternoon flight.
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Deposit is refundable up to 62 days before departure.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the assistance from others.
Tour Operator: Travelrite International Pty Ltd, (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator
The tour costs are based on general transport, entry, and accommodation costs. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 45 days of departure from Australia.
Deposit and Payment:
deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form. As soon as the booking is confirmed, a confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 62 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard or AMEX
Cancellation Charges: * Cancellation conditions don’t apply for clients with future cruise/tour credits. Cruise/tour credits are non-refundable.
Full fare will be charged within 62 days of departure.
The tour is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.
Travel Insurance: Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover tour members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the tour and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.
Baggage: Due to coach restrictions, tour members can only bring one large suitcase.
Minimum Tour Numbers: The tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 62 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.
Responsibilities: Travelrite International Pty Ltd ATAS accredited A10538 is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these cruises, shall act only as agents for the passenger in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in cruises, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of these tours and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any part of the tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria.
How to Book: Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the Quilters Companion Tour:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning
About Travelrite International: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.
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