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Autumn Escape 2018

Registrations for Autumn Escape 2018 are now open!


20-22 April, 2018, Wairakei Resort, Taupo

Tutors for 2018 are Cari Fennell, Tina Ollett and Michelle Whorwood

Read about them here!

About Autumn Escape

Immerse yourself in a luxury 4 star resort in the heart of the North Island. There isn’t much that beats the beauty and ambience of the Wairakei Resort… that is, unless you add a weekend full of paper crafting, giveaways, shopping - oh, and Candy! It’s always a weekend of fun, laughter and total indulgence!

This three day weekend provides something for everyone; from simply kicking back cropping the hours away while chatting with your friends to having a busy schedule enjoying many amazing classes hosted by equally AMAZING tutors to a combination of both that suits your schedule. We really do have a weekend that caters for everyone.


What else can we expect?

The weekend looks like this:

  • From the start you create your way through as many hours as you choose?!

  • The crop room opens at 9am on Friday, allowing you time to settle in, enjoy morning tea and get into your weekend, the crop room closes at midnight.

  • The Shop opens at around 11am on Friday and remains open until close on Sunday.

  • Classes commence at approx 1pm Friday and are scheduled throughout the rest of the weekend. Classes have a duration of 2 to 3 hours.

  • Saturday the crop room opens at 8am and again closes at midnight!

  • Sunday morning we’re back at 8.30am and the creativity concludes at 2pm.

So you like working late? You are in luck! The crop room is available until midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights.

What are the offficial hours of the retreat?

  • Friday 9am - Midnight
  • Saturday 8am - Midnight
  • Sunday 8.30am - 2pm

What if we need product, tools or supplies? Do not despair! Welcome to The Shop! The Shop opens at 11am on Friday morning and closes at the end of the retreat on Sunday. We hold supplies of the essential items like tape runners, glue, trimmer blades and the like. We also offer extra product as used in classes where possible plus a whole lot of other up to the minute goodness! Paying is easy too, you can run a tab for the weekend, so you just pay once at the end! We accept cash, eftpos, Visa and Mastercard.

I want Candy! Oh yes, the now famous and potentially Guinness Book of Records worthy Candy Bar shall be available! The Candy is always enjoyed by those attending the retreats and we have the shopping list of likes and dislikes!


Package options - There is a package to suit everyone...:

We offer the “ Full Plan” being:

  • 2 night's luxury accommodation at Wairakei Resort, Taupo (Friday and Saturday)

  • All meals from Friday morning tea until Sunday lunch

  • Access to crop facilities all day Friday and Saturday and Sunday until 2pm

  • Welcome gift, and the odd prize here and there throughout the weekend.

  • On-site shop with lots of lovely product!!!

  • Fun, friends and relaxation

  • Accommodation is included on a share twin basis (single accommodation available on request and at extra charge).

  • Please contact us if you require further details or amendments like extended accommodation

  • Total package: $670.00


The “ No Accommodation ” plan being:

  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner for each day

  • Access to crop facilities full day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 'til 2pm

  • Welcome gift, and the odd prize here and there throughout the weekend.

  • On-site shop with lots of lovely product at great prices!!!

  • Fun, friends and relaxation

  • Total package: $460.00


Finally the “Day Pass” being:

  • Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner for the day

  • Access to crop facilities full day 8am to Midnight

  • Welcome gift, and the odd prize here and there throughout the weekend.

  • On-site shop with lots of lovely product at great prices!!!

  • Fun, friends and relaxation

  • Total Day Pass: $230.00



Classes are optional and charged separately. Take one, take a few, or take them all - it's up to you?


What Catering is included?

Morning Teas, Lunches, Afternoon Teas and Dinners are included in all the package options. Breakfast is included in the Full Package only.


Want to stay longer?

Many enjoy making their way to Taupo on Thursday, via shopping hotspots of the North Island, and arrive in plenty of time to check-in, meet up with friends, relax, have a pre-dinner drink and then enjoy a nice meal together, then hit the hay so that they can rise at a reasonable time enjoy a leisurely breakfast together and be ready to get into the crop room as the doors open.

Others have been known to stay on at the hotel Sunday arvo' enjoying more cropping time together or taking in a spa treatment, sharing a meal with friends and kicking back. Then they wend their way home on Monday at a leisurely pace.

If either of these options sound like you, please let us know via your registration and we will take care of the extra nights bookings for you.

Please note: We will be making the bookings AND collecting payment for the extra nights, so as to avoid any confusion at check-out. An extra nights accommodation including breakfast is $208.00 per room - two person occupancy ($104 per person).

Should you wish to have a room to yourself we can arrange that too. To have a single room it costs an extra $80 per night or $160 on top of your AE package.

Want a Family Villa (the only option for a triple room)? Please advise in an email at time of making your booking. The configuration of these rooms is a King Sized bed in a bedroom with a single bed and divan bed in the lounge. Price is $314 for three people including breakfast.

Autumn Escape has a great reputation

With the freedom to make it what you want! If you want to be busy, then take advantage of everything that is on offer or, if you just want to sit back and relax; the opportunity is there for that also. We are determined to make it a weekend for YOU. This will be a truly indulgent weekend, an opportunity to relax and enjoy it your way. Pair this with the inevitable fun and laughter that is created when you get a large group of crafters together and the weekend is certainly going to be a memorable one!”

Why not join us for Autumn Escape 2018?

Register today!