New Zealand is famous the world over for its sweeping mountains, vast underground cave systems, gigantic glaciers, boiling hot springs, rugged coastline, and the extraordinary scenery of Milford Sound. On this DELUXE tour, we have an opportunity to take a train along the South Island’s East coast, a ferry ride from the South to the North Island, and participate in one-of-a-kind experiences. We will immerse ourselves into Maori culture with songs, dances, and traditional meals and even take a boat ride in a cave as millions of glow worms illuminate our way. We’ll travel from the rural farmlands near Rotorua to the bustling city of Auckland, where we end our journey with a special dinner high in the Sky Tower restaurant overlooking the entire city. New Zealand is one of my favorite places in the world, and truly a country that will stay in your heart forever. Space is limited to 12 people and there are only two spaces remaining, so be sure to call our office today and secure your place!
  • Transfers to/from the airport/hotel in New Zealand.
  • Private motor coach and professional driver the entire time.
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Hamilton, and Auckland. (Suite upgrades available)
  • A traditional “Hangi” cooking demonstration with a professional Maori chef.
  • Delicious buffet breakfast served daily.
  • Special “welcome dinner,” introductions, and orientation meeting.
  • Panoramic city tour of Christchurch with a local professional guide.
  • A unique hands-on collage/painting workshop with Jim West.
  • A relaxing “high tea lunch” served at Zealong Tea Estate.
  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of Auckland with a local professional guide.
  • Visiting “Hobbiton,” film location used in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie series.
  • A ferry ride from the South to the North Island of the country.
  • Visiting the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with a tour guide.
  • Photography enhancement class entitled, “Hey Look at This,” with Jim West.
  • An authentic Maori dinner, including singing and dancing entertainment.
  • A hands-on craft workshop with a local professional New Zealand artisan.
  • Panoramic city tour of Rotorua including Kuirau Park, the geothermal hot springs facility.
  • Private viewing of “The Hobbit” followed by a special guest presentation.
  • Stopping at the Greenstone Factory to see a stone jewelry demonstration.
  • Delicious and scenic “farewell dinner” atop the Orbit Sky Tower in Auckland.
  • Sheep shearing demonstration and show at the farm theme park- Agrodome.
  • Free time to explore the Arts Centre in Christchurch, featuring many local New Zealand artists.
  • Tour of a “kiwi farm” to learn more about their national fruit.
  • Your personal tour escort Jim West throughout the entire journey.
  • An exciting and scenic coastal train ride along the South Island coast.
  • Shopping opportunities in family-owned shops and major department stores.
  • Learning more about "Maori life" with a tour at the Maori Cultural Center.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage identifier and commemorative gift.
  • All taxes are included, and insurance is highly recommended.
Cost of this DELUXE 11-day New Zealand Adventure is
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand.
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Queenstown for three nights. (Suite upgrades available)
  • Scenic cruise in the stunning Milford Sound, including lunch onboard the ship.
  • Welcome dinner, orientation, and introductions at our hotel.
  • Private motorcoach and professional driver while on tour.
  • A unique boat tour inside the “Glowworm Caves” on Lake Te Anau.
  • Delicious daily breakfast, two dinners and a special lunch.
  • Panoramic city tour of Queenstown with a local professional guide.
  • Free time for relaxing and photographs at the beautiful Queenstown Gardens.
  • Your personal tour escort Jim West throughout the entire journey.
  • "Rustic" accommodations in the tiny village of Te Anau for two nights.
  • Flight from Queenstown to Christchurch and transfer to the Christchurch hotel.
Total cost of this DELUXE Queenstown package is


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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date. PLEASE NOTE: Airfare and travel insurance are not included in the price.


Lynne Todoroff, Brookings, SD - "New Zealand is a beautiful country. Kiwis are very welcoming peaceful people and want travelers to experience their lovely country."
Karen Ballard, Kent, WA - "This was an amazing trip and I loved every minute! The scenery was breathtaking and the special events arranged, such as the Agrodome, the Glow Worm Caverns, Cable car rides, were a wonderful addition. The quilt stores were fabulous. All of the tour was greatly enhanced by the top notch tour director and excellent coach drivers who kept us well informed on all the interesting facts of New Zealand. I am planning to take another Craft Tour in the future. Many thanks."
Linda Scholten, Oxford, OH - "An enjoyable trip! Our leader, Sherrill, our drivers, especially Terry Whimp, our workshop teacher, Deirdre McElroy, and our fellow travelers all made for a trip to remember."
Mary Zolnowsky, Hot Springs, SD - "New Zealand was a bucket list trip for us. We came primarily for the touristy parts. The quilt focus was a plus."

11-day package price:

(per person, based on double occupancy)


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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.