Collette The Complete South Pacific
Tour Index Tour of The South Pacific

The Complete South Pacific
The Complete South Pacific
A refined worldwide escorted touring experience

Collette New Zealand
The Complete South Pacific
Duration: 27 Days

Collette Tour Highlights

Cairns | Great Barrier Reef | Ayers Rock | Alice Springs | Darwin | Kakadu National Park | Melbourne | Tasmania | Sydney | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Mt. Cook | Hanmer Springs | Wellington | Rotorua

Collette Tour Experiences

  • Learn about the education of the children in the Outback during a visit to the School of the Air.
  • Cruise the waters of Kakadu National Park where you are sure to see the fearsome saltwater crocodile and plentiful bird life.
  • See a Tasmanian Devil during a visit to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park and learn about the efforts to save these great creatures
  • Visit Te Puia, the premier geothermal experience in New Zealand’s Maori cultural capital, Rotorua.
  • Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides.

Collette The Complete South Pacific
Specially-priced Air Rates Available: YES

Touring Ayers Rock
Do It All Down Under

Meet a koala, enjoy a bush dinner in the Outback, cruise the pristine waters of Milford Sound – do it all on The Complete South Pacific, an unforgettable 27-day journey through Australia and New Zealand. Toast Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset with champagne. Spend two nights on the Australian island state of Tasmania and visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center. See the Penguins of Phillip Island commute home. Explore the waters of Kakadu National Park, home of the fearsome saltwater crocodile. Discover the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at New Zealand’s majestic fjord, Milford Sound. Spend two nights in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland. Enjoy a home stay and dinner with a New Zealand family. Throughout your adventure explore Aboriginal and Maori traditions.

  Ride in Comfort
Each Collette motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts professional Tour Director's commentary to every seat. Our custom of daily seat rotation gives everyone a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenes.


Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements.

 Collette First Class Hotels
SYDNEY The Menzies Hotel (F)
JABIRU Gagudju Crocodile Hotel (F)

AUCKLAND Mercure Auckland (F)

Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs (SF)
MELBOURNE The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure
QUEENSTOWN Heritage Queenstown Hotel (F)
MOUNT COOK The Hermitage (SF)
HOBART Grand Chancellor Hobart (F)
WELLINGTON Novotel Wellington (F)
CHRISTCHURCH Rydges Latimer Hotel (SF)
ROTORUA Millennium Hotel Rotorua (SF)
CAIRNS Pacific International Cairns (F)
AYERS ROCK Sails in the Desert (SF)

SUPERIOR HOTELS - (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class


38 - 40 Meals!

Collette Tour Itinerary

1-2 Depart from Home

Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead.

Day 3 Cairns, Australia - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.
Today dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9

Day 4 Great Barrier Reef
Touring The Great Barrier Reef
The most biologically diverse ecosystem in the world awaits as you board a sailing catamaran for an exhilarating Great Barrier Reef excursion. Explore the spectacular reef along Michaelmas Cay. The choice is yours: during the excursion you can choose to explore the shores of this small sand island on the outer reef; or, perhaps you would prefer snorkeling to see the vibrant sea life up close. Back on board, a marine biologist will have an informative presentation and you will even enjoy a fish feeding presentation.
Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9

Day 5 Cairns

Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable morning ride over the rainforest canopy. Embrace the opportunity to explore the forest floor up-close with access to specially designed boardwalks. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy your tropical surroundings.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 80, Low 63; Average Rain 0.9

Day 6 Cairns - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Touring Ayers RockFly to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. Tour the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta and the beautiful area surrounding the base of “The Rock.” Later, witness a stunning sunset over a glass of champagne as the Rock’s hues change dramatically with the setting sun.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 69, Low 40; Average Rain 0.3

Day 7 Uluru - Alice Springs

A short flight over the “Red Centre” brings you to Alice Springs. Learn how people once communicated in the remote Outback during a sightseeing tour that includes a stop at the Old Telegraph Station, dating back to the 1800s. Visit School of the Air to find out more about the educational system of the Outback. There’s a chance of witnessing a class in session! Become locally invested this afternoon as you have the opportunity to meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme. Supported by the Collette Foundation,* Drum Atweme is a musical group comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 72, Low 45; Average Rain 0.16

Day 8 Alice Springs - Darwin - Kakadu National Park

Access the history and culture of the Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour” where your specialist guide, along with members of the Walpiri tribe, shares stories of creation and everyday Aboriginal life. You’ll even taste native cuisine. Later, board your flight to the city of Darwin on the northern edge of Australia and drive into the heart of Kakadu National Park.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9 Kakadu National Park

Touring Kakadu National ParkToday, enjoy the natural beauty of the “Top End.” Kakadu National Park is home to wallaroos and wallabies, monitors and lizards, crocodiles and birds of every imaginable variety. Witness artwork dating back thousands of years as you view Nourlangie Rock. During your afternoon cruise be on the lookout for crocodiles as they bask in the sun, as well as waterfowl such as jabiru, egrets, herons and eagles.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10 Kakadu National Park - Darwin - Melbourne
Transfer to Darwin for your flight to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 57, Low 42; Average Rain 14

Day 11 Melbourne

Touring Kakadu National ParkEnjoy a city tour featuring Fitzroy Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance and bustling Victoria Markets. Take some time at leisure to explore Melbourne independently. See koalas in their natural setting during a stop at a koala conservation center*** before arriving at Phillip Island, a renowned nature reserve and home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center you have a chance to learn about the life of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 57, Low 42; Average Rain 14

Day 12 Melbourne - Hobart

A flight to Hobart, Tasmania brings you to Australia's second oldest city. The rugged and pristine beauty of the island of Tasmania provides the backdrop to your two-night stay.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 55, Low 40; Average Rain 1.9

Day 13 Hobart

This morning brace yourself as you meet the Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Center! Learn about this unique marsupial, its fight for survival, and the efforts in place to save it from extinction. Later, take a guided tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, the best-preserved example of Australia’s original penal colonies and home to stabilized ruins and restored buildings dating back to 1833. En route, witness the spectacular coastal rock formations known as Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blow Hole.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 55, Low 40; Average Rain 1.9

Day 14 Hobart - Sydney

Return to mainland Australia today and arrive in the bustling city of Sydney. Enjoy a tour of Sydney, birthplace of modern-day Australia. Highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Marvel at one of the world’s most fascinating architectural wonders during a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. This evening’s dinner choice is yours as you choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour. 
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 64, Low 46; Average Rain 3.2

Day 15 Sydney

Enjoy a day of leisure as you discover the wonders of Sydney by using your free time to pursue your own interests. Stroll through the city streets, visit the historic Rocks area, or simply relax.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 64, Low 46; Average Rain 3.2

Day 16 Sydney

This morning visit Koala Park for an up-close and personal opportunity to learn about the different types of wildlife native to the land down under. You’ll walk amongst wallabies, indigenous birds, kangaroos, dingoes and other creatures. Experience the koala habitat where you can take your picture with a koala! Next, enjoy a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 64, Low 46; Average Rain 3.2

Day 17 Sydney - Queenstown, New Zealand

Leave Australia behind and fly to one of the world’s best-kept secrets – New Zealand! Arrive in gorgeous Queenstown.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 50, Low 34; Average Rain 2.5

Day 18 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you’ll see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, you return to Queenstown. You may choose to return via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
Today breakfast and lunch will be included. Average Temperature: High 50, Low 34; Average Rain 2.5

Day 19 Queenstown

Queenstown offers limitless diversions set amidst breathtaking Alpine scenery. Shop in the charming village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Or, perhaps you will join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 50, Low 34; Average Rain 2.5

Day 20 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Mt. Cook National Park

Mount Cook TouringBegin your day with a visit to the beautiful turn-of-the-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Next, follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park, Mt. Cook. There will be time to enjoy the Alpine paradise of Mt. Cook – a larger-than-life experience. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 54, Low 40; Average Rain 6.98

Day 21 Mt. Cook - Christchurch

This morning travel to the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the city known as “the Garden City” is recreating itself. Enjoy some free time to explore. Stroll the city’s magnificent gardens or learn its more recent history at the Quake City exhibition at the Re:Start Mall.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 52, Low 38; Average Rain 1.9

Day 22 Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

On your journey to Picton, admire the coastal views, scenic river valleys and vineyards. From there, sail across Cook Strait to experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.” Your final destination is Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 52, Low 45; Average Rain 4.8

Day 23 Wellington

During your panoramic sightseeing tour of Wellington, view the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament, historic St. Paul’s Church, and the Old Government Building - the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Following the tour, visit the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.
Today breakfast  will be included. Average Temperature: High 52, Low 45; Average Rain 4.8

Day 24 Wellington - Rotorua

Depart for the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. With over one-third of its population boasting Maori roots, this city is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Make yourself right at home this evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for the night!**** This is sure to be an unforgettable experience as you make new friends, learn about the customs of the “Kiwis” and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 55, Low 36; Average Rain 5.2

Day 25 Rotorua

This morning visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Witness how the Maori keep their culture alive by teaching the tribal youth traditional carving and weaving. Enjoy the chance to view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove this marvelous creature from the endangered species list. Next, meet the skilled carvers who work with pounamu, New Zealand greenstone, at a local jade factory. Then, visit the Agrodome where you will see a fun sheep shearing demonstration and learn about the importance of agriculture to the nation.
Today breakfast will be included. Average Temperature: High 55, Low 36; Average Rain 5.2

Day 26 Rotorua - Auckland

Travel through the majestic countryside of the North Island, arriving in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, "The City of Sails." A panoramic city tour features the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, vibrant Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and spectacular views from the harbourside. Join your fellow travelers this evening at a farewell dinner where you will toast the end of a wonderful trip!
Today breakfast and dinner will be included. Average Temperature: High 58, Low 48; Average Rain 4.4

Day 27 Auckland - Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Auckland.
Today breakfast will be included.

The Complete South Pacific
Collette Travel Specialist 27 Day Tour
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Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.


Time Zone

New Zealand is 16 hours ahead; Cairns is 14 hours ahead; Melbourne and Sydney are 15 hours ahead; Alice Springs/Ayers Rock are 14.5 hours ahead of EST.


Australia and New Zealand use 230 Volts. Both are Type I plugs. An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

The highest point on this tour is 2,500 feet above sea level.

Optional Excursions for
The Complete South Pacific

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Add a touch of personalization to your vacation by selecting from our well-researched list of options. While Collette is known for our many inclusions, we also want to be sure you have adequate free time and options to enhance your vacation – your way. And now, you can reserve your options in advance of your tour!

Availability is limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Payment must be received no later than 15 days prior to departure. Prices are subject to change. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Outer Reef Experience - $125
City: Cairns

Jump in and explore the vibrant, colorful world teeming with life at the outer Great Barrier Reef. This massive reef system, the largest in the world, can actually be seen from space. Cruise across the water by catamaran to the Outer Reef pontoon where a diverse, bountiful ecosystem is yours to discover. See the kaleidoscopic underwater sea life from up close as you snorkel along the reef and board a semi-submersible. Many other fascinating activities await you on the Outer Reef. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take an introductory scuba dive along the reef. You’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Your transportation is included.
Important Note: This option is recommended for strong swimmers and those comfortable in an ocean environment. Scuba diving is an additional cost and some medical restrictions and a waiver of liability will apply.
Duration: approximately 7 hour(s).

Kuranda Scenic Railway - $50
City: Cairns

After your morning in Kuranda, return to Cairns via the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. Constructed to bring supplies to the remote mining settlement of Herberton, this amazing railway (built between 1886-1891) draws travelers from around the world. Your two-hour journey takes you far above the dramatic Barron River valley, over dozens of bridges and through 15 tunnels before gracefully returning you to the central Cairns train station, a short stroll from your hotel. Heritage Class service includes seating in the restored original carriages, along with a souvenir trip guide.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).

Tivua Island Day Cruise - $125
City: Nadi

Seize the chance to set sail upon the legendary waters of the South Pacific. Board your sailing ship (the Ra Marama or Fiji One) and let the winds carry you to the coral atoll of Tivua Island, home to 500 acres of coral gardens. Once you arrive, enjoy a full day in paradise. Savor the beautiful combination of sun, sand, turquoise water and music. This excursion also includes guided snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat tours. Experience a little of the local culture during a kava ceremony or guided medicine walk. Soak up the tropical atmosphere in a hammock, view a coconut husking demonstration and even sip morning and afternoon tea on board. All the while indulge in a buffet lunch and included beer, wine and soft drinks on the island. This is as good as it gets.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 8 hour(s).

Garden of the Sleeping Giant Island Tour - $70
City: Nadi

This popular half-day tour takes you into Nadi's scenic hinterland to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This garden, begun by Hollywood actor Raymond Burr, now houses one of the largest and most varied orchid collections in the world with over 2,000 different varieties. The Vuda Lookout affords a 360 degree bird's-eye-view of the West's mountain ranges, Nadi Bay and the beautiful Yasawa Group of islands. Travel to Viseisei Village, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will enter the village and have a chance to explore the local handicraft displays. You will also make a stop in the bustling township of Nadi to experience the modern style of Fiji living.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

A Camel Ride, the Rock and a Sunrise - $110
City: Yulara

Experience the majesty of sunrise on Ayers Rock from a unique vantage point - the back of a camel! A peaceful one-hour camel ride brings you across the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air. Watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock bring the warm hues of the monolith alive. Learn about the flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage site from your friendly cameleer. After the ride, enjoy fresh-baked damper bread and hot, fresh tea and coffee.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).

Outback Ballooning in Alice Springs - $255
City: Alice Springs

Drift over the Outback on the gentle winds in the welcome cool of the morning. The landscape erupts into color as the sun’s rays strike the MacDonnell mountain ranges. Watch as balloons slowly inflate and gracefully rise into the sky. Gently float aloft and enjoy the spectacular Outback scenery below you. Kangaroos and wallabies love the early mornings, so keep your eyes open for them as you glide over the bush. Return to the ground and enjoy a delightful Aussie-style breakfast complete with a champagne toast!

Actual balloon flight time is 30 minutes. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 3 hour(s).

A Sydney Night Out - $125
City: Sydney

Meet the fascinating denizens of the deep at the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium allows you to experience the enormous diversity of 14 unique Australian aquatic zones. Over 13,000 animals are found here, including huge sharks, rays, platypuses, crocodiles, and more! Australia’s marine diversity will astound you – from the weedy sea dragon of the Southern Oceans to the wiggly sea cucumber found in tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Later, dine alfresco at Nick’s Bar & Grill, a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy Nick’s renowned cuisine and picturesque waterfront location.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown $330.00
City: Milford Sound

Get more Milford Sound! This time, soar over the plunging cliffs, fjords and pristine Southern Alps on a flightseeing plane that carries you back to Queenstown from Milford Sound. Seeing Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from the air brings a whole new perspective on the overwhelming beauty of this region. You’ll be captivated by 9,000 feet peeks and frozen lakes that can only be seen from a bird’s eye view. A truly spectacular trip! NOTE: Please be advised that some of these activities may be weather dependent and/or seasonal offerings and could be unavailable on your specific departure. Flight times may alter the ability to participate in some of the optional activities listed. Availability for flightseeing is limited. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 40 minutes.

Journey through Middle Earth - $135.00
City: Queenstown

Venture into Middle Earth on this best selling venture and see the primeval, mystical landscapes where the powerful trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien was filmed. The vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness and awesome grandeur of New Zealand’s South Island provided the ideal setting to bring these beloved adventures to life. Trek by 4 x 4 up into the Remarkable Mountains and across the Arrow River. There are no movie sets left, just the stunning, pristine vistas that filled the frames. Driven around by driver guides in Range Rovers, it is a highly personalized experience that gives you unique insight into this beautiful realm.

Your transportation is included.
Please Note: Option to cancel is available up until 24 hours before start date of tour. If you choose to cancel within 24 hours of the tour, you will still be liable for payment.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

Take a Steamship to Dinner - $105
City: Queenstown

Step back in time when you board the TSS Earnslaw, the beloved steamship that has been transporting goods and people on Lake Wakatipu since 1912. Nicknamed "The Lady of the Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house dessert specialties hard to resist! An after dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River! - $110
City: Queenstown

Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling ride. Shotover Jet boats race along in mere centimeters of the glacial water which flows down from the Southern Alps, providing an exhilarating, but safe and enjoyable ride for all ages. You may get a little wet, but it is a unique and fun way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand and absorb a little of the spirit that has made Queenstown a world center for adventure tourism. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Guests on these jet boats consistently illustrate otherwise – this adventure is perfect for the young at heart!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 1 hour(s).

Antarctica - $45
City: Christchurch

Did you know that New Zealand is one of the primary departure points for Antarctica? Well, this makes it the perfect place to learn about the 7th continent! Step inside and be transported to the “white continent!” The awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica is recreated with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of the “Great White South.” See the seasons change before your eyes. Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches. They’ll outfit you to experience the Polar Room, where you’ll find real snow and ice. Explore the snow cave or brave the wind chill machine. Every half hour an Antarctic storm blows through the Polar Room, with lightning, authentic Antarctic storm audio and 25 mile per hour winds. The Aquarium features amazing creatures found in McMurdo Sound. Experience the internationally acclaimed 4-D experience that takes you on a simulated journey through the notoriously rough Drake Passage to the shores of Antarctica. Get up close and personal with the amazing little blue penguin. This is as close to the seventh continent as you can get without going!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 2 hour(s).

The Land of the Hobbits - $95
City: Rotorua

Just outside Rotorua one can literally enter the home of the legendary Hobbits. Join us as we discover the authentic movie set of Hobbiton from the"Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This picturesque site was selected as the location that best represented “The Shire” as described by author J. R. R. Tolkien. Tour this wonderfully preserved set that includes over 40 unique Hobbit holes complete with beautiful gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling green hills and distant mountains. This is Middle-Earth in all its glory. See what it would be like to live the simple life of a Hobbit and come to appreciate the hard work of the talented Kiwi filmmakers and artists who brought Tolkien’s story to life. Finish your tour at with a well-deserved glass of ale at the authentically recreated Green Dragon Inn!

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

Dinner with the Maori - $95
City: Rotorua

Tonight, immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the Maori as you travel to a traditional village nestled in the rainforest. Learn about the warm-hearted Maoris and their lives before European colonists arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and since. Enjoy an in-depth experience featuring authentic Maori entertainment such as the poi dance and the famous “Haka” war challenge. Finish your evening with an authentic Hangi dinner, pulled from the cooking pits right before your eyes. Come away with an appreciation of a unique culture, thousands of years in the making.

Your transportation is included.
Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

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Our NO WORRIES cancellation waver means you can cancel anytime prior to the day of departure and receive a full cash refund.

Add up the cost of hotels, transportation, meals, sightseeing and entertainment and you'll find what an incredible savings a tour offers.

On a tour, you'll find yourself saying, "I never would have thought to try that!" We work everyday to uncover those gems that make your vacation special. Let our experience work for yours.

Don't worry about planning the details, getting directions, picking great hotels, or purchasing sightseeing tickets - we do that!

Our tour managers are with you from start to finish, taking care of every detail - and brightening your vacation with history and anecdotes that bring the destination to life. A Collette Tour means less time planning and more time enjoying.

You pack the bags - we'll lug them around! That's right - when you're on tour with us, we take care of all luggage handling... including the tip!

Enjoy a free ride from home to the airport and back, including tip. We believe that your vacation should start at your front door. We include FREE roundtrip sedan service with air-inclusive Collette tours in many U.S. cities within 50 miles radius from more than 80 airport gateways.

Why Travel on an Escorted Tour?

We take the hassle out of travel, so you have all the fun. Here's how.

Our buying power gets you unbeatable value.
Our tours include your sightseeing, entertainment, admissions to museums and parks, great hotels and many meals, making it a hassle free experience for you from start to finish. Our hotels are centrally located, so you won't waste a second of your free time in buses or cabs. Even your luggage is managed for you.

We planned ahead, so Europe with us is still a bargain.
We can provide a vacation to Europe, for example, at 15% less than you would pay if you planned it on your own. There is no better time than now to buy a packaged vacation.

Imagine seeing Thailand for less than $90 a day, and that includes your hotel.
On our Thailand - Ancient Capitals and Countryside tour, you'll ride an elephant and cruise the Mekong River into Laos, just two unforgettable included experiences among 14 days worth of discoveries You'll also enjoy 26 meals on tour, including a dinner cruise on a rice barge. See the Golden Buddha, the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the colorful pageantry of a Hill Tribe cultural show - it's all included!

It's like traveling with a friend who knows the area.
Your tour manager will be with you every step of the way, handling the tedious details of travel, while you relax and enjoy the trip. They are seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge about your destination and a passion for sharing it.

Our tour developers personally scout out the best for you.
They search for accommodations, restaurants, attractions and entertainment to assemble not only a fantastic trip, but create an entire experience that captures the spirit of your destination. Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine from a Florentine chef in Italy. Fly a kite in China. Feed a kangaroo in Australia. Our tour developers love creating those unforgettable moments that make your trip uniquely yours.

We've got something for everyone, from Branson to Beijing.
Collette Vacations travels to more than 150 destinations on all seven continents. We also offer Explorations by Collette, small-group tours with a maximum of only 16 - 24 passengers that wander off the beaten path. Explorations tours feature boutique hotels, outdoor activities and interaction with local people.

No Worries Protection Plan

What exactly is your cancellation waiver?

We have the best cancellation waiver in the industry-period. You can cancel your trip up until the day prior to departure for any reason - sickness, change of heart or any reason whatsoever-and you will receive a full refund, minus the small cost of the insurance. That's a cash refund, not a voucher or certificate. There's no risk when you book with Collette.

But isn't it expensive?
Not at all! Let's say you were planning to take our Italian Vistas tour for 13 days. The land-only waiver is just $170 per person. That breaks down to about $13.07 a day-just a little over eight euros! The land and air waiver is only $30 more. That's airplane peanuts compared to the peace of mind you'll enjoy.

Plus, you're covered on tour.
Our cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay; or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you're covered.

My husband had an accident in New Zealand…He subsequently had to be transferred by ambulance to Invercargill (Southland Hospital) to have surgery on his leg. He spent one week in the hospital. I am so glad we always take out the insurance. This is our third trip with Collette and we always take out the insurance…In spite of the accident, we had a wonderful time in Australia and New Zealand up to Queenstown and we are very glad we took the trip. Genevieve Gallagher, Clifton Park, NY

We had one unfortunate problem; one traveler broke her ankle…Thank goodness I insist that my passengers take the insurance. Virginia Gratton, Greenport, NY

Exception: If you originally purchased non-refundable airline tickets, the Waiver does not provide a refund for the airline tickets, taxes or fees in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. The air waiver does not cover medical evacuation or additional expenses associated with a medical emergency.

The Waiver Fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. In this case, the single supplement will be deducted from the refund of the person who cancels. Division of this charge between the two passengers involved is solely their responsibility. If insufficient funds are deducted from the canceling client, the traveling client will be charged the remaining portion of the single supplement.

Payment of the Waiver Fee (if chosen) must be received by Collette Vacations with your Deposit. The Waiver is non-transferable and valid for each applicant only.

Collette Vacations can assume no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions of any travel agent or travel agency other than that of Collette Travel Service, Inc. itself, and its own employees.
PART A – Benefits Provided By Collette Vacations
Pre-Departure Cancellation Fee & Unused Services Waiver Up to Trip Cost
PART B – Benefits Provided by the Insurance Company Listed Below
Accidental Death & Dismemberment $25,000
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense $25,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation $50,000
Travel Delay (Maximum of $100 per Day) $1,500
Baggage and Personal Effects $2,000
Baggage Delay $200

PART B CONDITIONS & LIMITATIONS Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Certificate of Coverage. For example, coverage does not apply to: any sickness or condition of you, a Traveling Companion or an Immediate Family Member traveling with you that existed during the 60 days prior to the effective date of the coverages (this exclusion is waived if your plan payment is received by Collette Vacations within 7 days of your initial deposit/payment for your trip and you are not disabled from travel at the time your plan payment is received), suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person booked to share accommodations in the same room with you during your trip. Sickness or injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while the Travel Protection Plan is in effect for you. This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in effect for you.
Part B of this plan is underwritten by: Stonebridge Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio 464-03

Where to Present Part A Claims
To request a refund under the Cancellation Fee and Unused Services Waiver, please send any unused
airlines tickets (only if purchased from Collette Vacations), a doctor’s note or medical documentation and a written request to:

Collette Vacations
ATTN: Customer Service Department
162 Middle Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
If cancellation occurs prior to departure, contact the Collette Vacations Reservations Department.

When a client cancels prior to departure any due refunds are processed through the booking agent. Agent commissions are not protected if cancellation occurs prior to departure.

All Inquiries and Claims under Part B should be reported to the Plan Administrator:

Trip Mate*
9225 Ward Parkway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64114
Tel: 800-888-7292
*In CA, dba Trip Mate Insurance Agency
Land Only Clients
  • $30 for all domestic escorted tours under 6 days
  • $110 for all domestic escorted tours of 6 days or more
  • $110 for all international tours 9 days or under (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $170 for international tours 10 days or more (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $195 for all Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt
  • $205 for all cruises and Canadian Rockies Train Tours
When purchasing pre and post night accommodations, including optional extensions, the number of days will be added to the total number of tour days, and may subsequently alter your waiver fees. Please confirm with your reservation agent at time of booking.

Air Inclusive Clients (air is purchased through Collette Vacations)
  • $60 for all domestic escorted tours under 6 days
  • $140 for all domestic escorted tours of 6 days or more
  • $150 for all international tours 9 days or under (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $200 for all international tours 10 days or more (except cruises, Canadian Rockies Train Tours, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt)
  • $225 for all Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa & Egypt
  • $235 for all cruises and Canadian Rockies Train Tours
The Cancellation Waiver fee with air can only be purchased by individuals who have purchased air through Collette Vacations.

Collette Tours is a NON-FEE buy!

We will not charge a fee for any/all tour planning for Collette Vacations. Our services are absolutely free when servicing this quality program. Rest assured, you will receive the quality that you expect and the unique value of a well-designed tour program from the beginning and planning stage to the culmination of this exceptional journey.

Experience the Collette Difference with Gardner Travel!


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