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 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.

Leaving yard at 8.30am

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.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

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.

Leaving yard at 8.15am

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.

Leaving yard at 7.30am

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.

Leaving yard at 7.00am

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.

Leaving yard at 9.00am

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.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

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

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