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14-Day ~ New Zealand and Australia Knitting Cruise (Mar 2022)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


March 31, 2022


End Date:


April 14, 2022

New Zealand and Australia Knitting Cruise (Mar 2022) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day New Zealand and Australia Knitting Cruise with Beth Brown-Reinsel
March 31-April 14, 2022


Join Craft Cruises and Beth Brown-Reinsel on a knitting cruise adventure Downunder! Cruise from Auckland to Sydney visiting some of the most popular ports including Tauranga (Rotorua), Gisborne, Wellington, Akaroa (Christchurch), Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. This cruise offers the perfect balance between time in port and relaxing days at sea.



New Zealand is ideally seen from a cruise ship since you only need to pack and unpack once. Arrive early to explore Auckland and its surrounding areas including the Bay of Islands and Waiheke Island. Sample wines at local vineyards, jump off the Sky Tower or participate head out to see the wild black sand beaches in Piha where the movie, The Piano was filmed.



Visit Ashford Wheels and Looms on the South Island where you will shop for the best yarns produced in New Zealand. Visit Tasmania, one of the most remote destinations on earth, and Melbourne. From Melbourne the group will enjoy a trip out to the beloved Tarndie Homestead where everyone will learn about Polwarth sheep and what it is like to farm sheep in the rugged Outback.



This amazing cruise ends in Sydney where knitters can extend their stay to see the iconic Sydney Opera House, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, and visit Jane Slicer-Smith and her Signature Handknits Studio for a trunk show. Shop in Skein Sisters, Sydney's best yarn shop, for a last souvenir skein.



For those wanting to fully experience Australia, let us help you plan an extension to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia's famous Red Center or some of Sydney's top attractions such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, or the Hunter Valley wine region.



Beth Brown-Reinsel will be offering her most popular classes onboard where participants will learn a range of new knitting skills.



14-Day New Zealand and Australia Knitting Cruise Highlights



  • Walk on one of New Zealand's black-sand beaches fringed by temperate rainforest and the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

  • Visit Gumtree Gully Alpaca Farm where you will learn about alpaca farming in New Zealand and shop for yarn

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at the Matakana Market Kitchen in Matakana, a region known for its outdoor markets, great food, vineyards and stunning beaches.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Learn about Margaret Stove's fabulous lacework using ultra-fine hand-spun merino and see her work at a pop-up shop in Wellington where you can also shop for locally produced yarns made out of 100% New Zealand merino and the luxurious hand-dyed yarns.

  • Visit the Te Papa Museum in Wellington. This is New Zealand's best museum, featuring M?ori artifacts, the National Art Collection and the Earthquake House where you can literally feel the earth move.

  • From Akaroa, spend the day at the Ashford Wheels & Looms, touring the mill and factory and shopping for yarn at the Ashford Craft Village.

  • In Dunedin, the New Zealand city most reminiscent of Scotland, enjoy a tour of Lanarch Castle or visit the Royal Albatross Visitor's Center.

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

  • While cruising in Milford Sound, try to catch a glimpse of a Fiordland Crested Penguin in the wild.

  • Delight in food, wine, and wool on Craft Cruise's Wool Lovers Tour in Hobart, Australia.

  • 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 at the Tarndie homestead with a menu including rustic pies made with lamb and sweet potato and fresh baked scones topped with clotted cream and homemade jam.

  • Extend your stay in Sydney to see the iconic Sydney Opera House, visit the historic Rocks or take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.

  • 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.