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Crafty little capers across New Zealand

Scrapbooking Workshop, Auckland Craft 2.0, Wellington Native Craft, Rotorua

Scrapbook Kit: Bastet985 via Wikimedia Commons | Quilt: Quiltpatch via Wikimedia Commons

You’ll be in stitches with a visit to craft-central New Zealand. Learn for yourself how to mosaic like a Michelangelo, or buy up on supplies for your next scrapbooking project. Best of all you get to mingle with fellow crafties, swap ideas and buy original pieces to wow the folks back home.

You don’t need to fall from great heights to get a thrill in Queenstown—there’s enough to charge your creative juices with a visit to the Arts and Craft Market every Saturday on the lake front at Earnslaw Park. More than just lace doilies, you can buy original jewellery pieces from renowned artists, listen to the free music by local performers and stock up on some supplies for your own imaginative endeavours. Wear your new bling in the comfort of your own home by using the kitchenettes in the rooms of the Coronation Lodge to cook up some of the gourmet food from the Otago region.

Yes we know everyone else’s holiday snaps are boring, but yours can be the exception. Use them in a scrapbooking project with coloured paper, frames, stickers and stencilling. How? Learn all the snips of the scissors in a scrapbooking workshop in Auckland’s Scrapbooking studio, who run a ‘Friday Night Frenzy’—6 hours of fun, access to equipment and supper to fuel your muse. If you run out of photos, take some more from your hotel room at Copthorne Hotel Harbour City Auckland, right on the waterfront with Auckland Harbour views.

Got a room full of bits and bobs, and don’t know what to do with it? Get inspired at Craft 2.0 fair in Wellington on October 24 2009, one of New Zealand’s most popular craft events. Why so loved? Well, for a start there are free gifts and prizes, original crafters, unique supplies and the all important cupcakes to sweeten to the day. When it’s time for a break, pull out the sketch pad and settle in to the café at the Central Terrace Heights Serviced Apartments, with a cup of coffee at the Cube Café.

Before there were tea cosies, New Zealand had Maori craft, using flax, paua shells and kiwi feathers to name but a few ingenius alternatives. See the creations of Maori artisans and how they weave and carve at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua as part of a tour that also includes the area’s bubbling mud pools. Then back at the Comfort Inn Gwendoline you can jump in your own bubbling spa or practice your swing on the mini-golf course.

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