October 2 - 13, 2017

Celebrity Instructor:
Dierdra McElroy
Dierdra McElroy

Package Price:
$5,456.00 | Air from USA

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.


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  • Round-trip International airfare from the United States to New Zealand.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers in New Zealand.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First class hotel accommodations.
  • Breakfast daily, some lunches and dinners.
  • Sightseeing in Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland.
  • Admission to the National Quilt Symposium in Christchurch.
  • Shopping in local quilt shops.
  • Craftours professional tour escort the entire time.
  • Special show and tell with local New Zealand quilters.
  • Ferry ride between islands.
  • An optional Maori dinner and show.
  • Sightseeing tour in Rotorua including the geothermal hot springs.
  • Sheep shearing show and presentation at the famous Agrodome.
  • A visit to the Arts and Crafts centre in Christchurch.
  • Touring Waitomo Caves and the glowworm grotto.
  • Commemorative Craftours totebag, lanyard and luggage tag.
  • Professional tour guide throughout our journey.
  • Quilting workshops with our expert instructor, Dierdra McElroy.


 Avon River AVON RIVER Play Movie
The Avon River flows through the centre of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and out to an estuary, which it shares with the Heathcote River, the Avon Heathcote Estuary. Geologically, as with most of the South Island's rivers, it is very young. The Avon may date from New Zealand's last ice age.
 Cathedral Square CATHEDRAL SQUARE Play Movie
Cathedral Square, locally known simply as the Square, is the geographical centre and heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, where the city's Anglican cathedral, ChristChurch Cathedral is located. The square stands at the theoretical crossing of the city's two main orthogonal streets, Colombo Street and Worcester Street, though in practice both have been either blocked off or detoured around the square itself.
Te Pula TE PUIA Play Movie
Te Puia is New Zealand's living Maori cultural centre, located just 5 minutes from central Rotorua. Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia's 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.
Pohuta Geyser POHUTU GEYSER Play Movie
Pohutu Geyser is a geyser in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Rotorua. Pohutu means "big splash" or "explosion." The main geyser of the area, it spurts up to twenty times per day and can reach heights of up to 30 metres It is possible to access Pohutu Geyser via the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
Agrodome AGRODOME Play Movie
In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you'll find New Zealand's Agrodome. For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see our world-famous Farm Show - starring a cast of talented animals... and you! Plus, join the Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals, and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land.
Glowworm Grotto WAITOMO GLOWWORM GROTTO Play Movie
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand. They are around the size of an average mosquito. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave.

New Zealand lies between 37 and 47 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Both the North and South Islands of New Zealand enjoy moderate, maritime climate, weather and temperatures.

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate.

The New Zealand Dollar is the currency of New Zealand. The currency code for Dollars is NZD, and the currency symbol is $.


Tamaki Village Maori TAMAKI VILLAGE Play Movie
Be welcomed into an authentic Maori village nestled in Rotorua forest, discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions, experience thrilling song and dance, and then share in a hangi feasting with your Maori hosts.


Below are the descriptions for the three hand-applique classes that will be taught by Dierdra during the course of the tour.

1. Needle-turn Applique 101
There are 5 elements to needle-turn appliqué. This foundation class will teach orthopedically correct positions while learning how to use the needle properly to quickly and efficiently turn the raw edge of your fabric and achieve a smooth, flat "painted on" look. We will cover how to begin and end your thread, in addition to, how to create secure but almost invisible stitches.

2. Controlling Your Curves
This class will help you understand how the weave of fabrics can either work with you in appliqué, or against you. Then the techniques to handle Inside and Outside curves, no matter their physical size, will be clearly diagrammed and practiced to achieve smooth, beautiful curves without unsightly lumps.

3. Perfect Points
The last class in your New Zealand series will be creating visually sharp inside and outside points. The logistics will be clearly drawn and diagrammed for you and then practiced. The pitfalls of lumpy outside points and fraying inside points will be completely eliminated with ease!

There will also be a $30.00 kit fee payable to Dierdra at the first class. The only thing the students will have to bring is a sharp tipped pair of appliqué scissors 4" or under in length. (TSA regulations) Everything else will be provided in the kit.

Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."