Day Trips

Leisure Time Tours offer a diverse range of day tours throughout the Central North Island catering to a wide range of interests.

​The friendly nature of our day trips will make you feel at ease and a welcome member of the group – what better way to make new friends!

When you travel with us we provide professional, knowledgeable staff; a personalised service, roadside morning teas and modern air conditioned coaches. Leisure Time Tours is Qualmark Quality Assured and 100% NZ family owned & operated.

Wednesday 13 June 2018 – Fancy Meow Cat Café

Today’s trip is for all the cat lovers. Fancy Meow Cat Cafe is Rotorua’s first Cat Cafe and New Zealand’s only Cat Cafe with beautiful purebred cats and kittens! They have a variety of cat breeds including ragdolls, a Bengal, a British Shorthair kitten, a Maine Coon,  and much more. During our visit here, you’ll be able to sit back and relax, or play with the friendly cats, and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold beverage. After our visit, there will be time available for you to purchase lunch in Rotorua before travelling back home.
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COST: Members $70.00, Non-members $75.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admission.  This tour is limited to 18 passengers so book in today to avoid missing out. 

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Monday 18 June 2018 – Waikato Homesteads Tour

There’s something about the old villa on the bend of Tauwhare Road in Hamilton that draws people to it. Once you have entered the house, whichever way you turn, you’re met by antiques, oddities and collectables. We will enjoy a delicious lunch here with the home owner, before travelling out to Woodlands Homestead. Woodlands is a unique and very beautiful Historic New Zealand Homestead and Garden Estate established in the 1870’s. The homestead sits proudly in its 15-acre estate, planted over 135 years ago. The gardens have been awarded a 5 star Garden of National Significance rating by the New Zealand Garden Trust. . We will have time here for you to explore both the homestead and the gardens, before making our way back home again.

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COST: Members $65.00, Non-members $70.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, admissions and lunch.

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Saturday 23 June 2018 – Mid Winter Christmas

Enjoy getting together with friends once again to savour a mid-winter Christmas Lunch. This will be held at the Distinction Hotel Hamilton. There will be a raffle table so if you would like to donate to the raffle table this would be greatly appreciated. The mid-winter Christmas is subsidised for travel club members, but you are welcome to bring friends and family.

Arrive at venue by 12.00pm for 12.30pm meal.

COST: Members $40.00, Non-members $50.00 per person. Includes lunch. Please advise us at the time of booking if you require coach transport. There is ample car parking available at the venue. 

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Tuesday 26 June 2018 – Mamaku Railcruising

Today we head south to Mamaku where we board the Rail Cruiser V3000 which is the world’s first fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seat self-drive hybrid rail vehicle. Your Rail Cruiser has comfortable seats with unobstructed views; is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides and comes with on board heating. Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can listen to the audio tour and discover a unique piece of New Zealand railway history. Bring your lunch today or purchase this in Tirau on the way to this exciting experience. Bring a windbreaker and warm clothes.

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COST: Members $115.00, Non-members $120.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Wednesday 4 July 2018 – Mystery Trip

What more can I say – it’s an exciting mystery! Come out and about with us for an interesting day and of course great company.

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COST: Members $65.00, Non-members $70.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and lunch. 

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Thursday 12 July 2018 – Kelly Tarlton’s

This is one to bring your grandkids on. Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World offers a unique Pacific and Southern Oceans marine experience. The Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand’s only colony of sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to get up close to the playful King and Gentoo penguins. In the Underwater World get face-to-face with sharks, stingrays, and thousands of other deep sea creatures, along the world’s first curved aquarium tunnel. Then visit the magical Seahorse Kingdom with the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons. There is a café on site to purchase your lunch.

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COST: Members $80.00, Non-members $85.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission. Children (aged 3-15) are $45.00 per person. 

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Wednesday 18 July 2018 –Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel & Country Drive

The Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel is a proud New Zealand property dating back to 1889 and listed with the Heritage Association of New Zealand. The hotel’s vast land occupies 70 plus acres of natural beauty, including a wonderful country style nine-hole golf course, plus an onsite historical and natural hot springs. Today, we will enjoy a delicious hot roast lunch in the hotel restaurant, before taking a scenic drive along the country roads back to Hamilton.

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COST: Members $70.00, Non-members $75.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and lunch.

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Friday 27 July 2018 – Scenic Drive

Sit back and relax in the coach today as our driver takes us on a scenic drive alongside the Waikato River, visiting the various hydro dams along the way, starting with Karapiro, and concluding at Aratiatia. We aim to arrive at Aratiatia in time to watch the dam gates open at the top of the Aratiatia rapids and the narrow gorge fill with turbulent water surging past at up to 90,000 litres per second. After viewing the rapids we’ll journey back home via State Highway 1. Please bring a packed lunch with you today to enjoy at one of our stops.

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COST: Members $55.00, Non-members $60.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea. 

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Wednesday 1 August 2018 – Ruakuri Cave

Our journey today takes us south to Waitomo, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Ruakuri Cave. Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo’s most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair access.

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COST: Members $105.00, Non-members $110.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Tuesday 7 August 2018 – Kaipara Coast Sculpture Garden

Today we travel north of Auckland to the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Garden. While here, we’ll enjoy a relaxed art and garden experience strolling along a gentle 1km sculpture and garden trail set in a tranquil and inspirational rural oasis located at award winning Kaipara Coast Plant Centre. Please bring your lunch with you today.

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COST: Members $75.00, Non-members $80.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission. 

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Wednesday 15 August 2018 – Top of the Bruce

We’re on the search to find some snow today.  We’ll have an early departure this morning, making our way south to Mt Ruapehu. We stop at Taumarunui for morning tea before continuing on to the Top of the Bruce Road past the Grand Chateau. Time for lunch (own cost) on the mountain and a play in the snow before retracing our steps back to Hamilton. People aged 70 and over travel free on the chair lift.

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COST: Members $70.00 Non-members $75.00 per person. Passengers under 70 will be required to pay $30.00 for the chairlift direct on the day. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Tuesday 21 August 2018 – Adrian Worsley Scrap Metal Art

The Adrian Worsley Gallery and surrounding premises provide a unique experience and are well worth a visit. Sculptor Adrian Worsley designs and constructs unique and original sculptures entirely from recycled materials in his studio/workshop in Te Aroha. With works featuring clever blending of materials and immaculate finishes, Adrian breathes new life into the inanimate objects around him transforming them into magnificent tactile works of art. While here, we’ll view the gallery where Adrian’s latest work and pieces for sale are on display. We’ll also be able to wander through the adjoining yard and explore the fascinating maze which has evolved from the treasure trove of raw materials collected over the years. All displayed in such a way as to make the disused and unwanted a work of art in their own right. There will be time in Te Aroha to purchase something for lunch.

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COST: Members $45.00, Non-members $50.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission. 

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Wednesday 29 August 2018 – Huka Falls River Cruise

Travelling south to Taupo this morning, we’ll cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes on New Zealand’s longest river. The cruise is the only way you can get close to the turbulent white water below Huka Falls and experience the awesome power. The purpose built riverboat has comfortable inside seating, a large rear deck and front viewing platform. This is the best way to photograph and video Huka Falls and lots of fantastic New Zealand scenery including birdlife, native bush, natural hotsprings, Taupo’s famous trout and much more. We’ll stop in Tokoroa on our way to Taupo for you to purchase something for lunch.

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COST: Members $90.00, Non-members $95.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission. 

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