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.

Thursday 1 August 2019 - Te Amorangi Museum

Heading across to Rotorua we enjoy a cuppa down by the lake then head to Hannah’s Bay to Rotorua’s Heritage Village. Te Amorangi Museum holds and displays an amazing collection of the 1920 era. 1925 Douslin House, fully refurbished, gives an excellent example of the mod cons of the day, furnishings and décor. Seek out the room with fascinating clocks! "1920 Street" has shops with millinery, saddlery and groceries and share their area with Cosy Cottage and Rotorua's original Gaol (jail). Walk past horse-drawn carts, steam and stationary engines to find an impressive display of Mamaku’s past tramways and sawmills. After our visit here, we travel into Rotorua for you to purchase your lunch, before making our way back to Hamilton.

Leaving yard at 8 am

COST: Members $60.00, Non-members $65.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admissions. 

 

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Tuesday 6 August 2019 - Tauranga Foodie Day Out

Today we travel over to Tauranga to explore some of the delicious food and beverages they have to offer. Our first stop today will be The Hungarian Artisan Company, who create the finest handcrafted delicatessen products. There will be an opportunity here for you to peruse their products and even make a purchase or two. We’ll then stop in at Nautilus Restaurant on the waterfront for a buffet lunch.  With an array of delicious, taste bud tantalising dishes made to please any palate, there will be something available for everyone. Our final stop for today will be the Cider Factorie located in Te Puna. Here we enjoy a delicious glass of an award-winning cider of your choice surrounded by the stunning scenery.  Their ciders are made from freshly pressed, locally sourced fruit. Our journey ends as we travel over the Kaimai’s and back to Hamilton, with a brief stop at Mossop's Honey on our way home.

Leaving yard at 8 am

COST: Members $85.00, Non-members $90.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, lunch, and admissions. 

 

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Thursday 13 August 2019 - Holdsworth Jigsaw

Today will be a rare chance to visit Holdsworth Jigsaws. With the wintery weather setting in what a great opportunity to stock up on some great puzzles, hot off the press! Today our numbers are restricted so if you really want to see this well-known brand of toys and puzzles get your name down as soon as possible. There will be time available to purchase lunch in Avondale.

Leaving yard at 8 am

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

 

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Wednesday 14 August 2019 - Highways & Byways Waikato Expressway

You may have been slowed down by the construction or just had a curious look towards the building of new roading infrastructure in the Waikato. Come along on to check out some of the Waikato’s road projects as part of the Waikato Expressway. We will view the various sections of this massive project and pop into the Visitor Centre, where you can view maps, graphics, displays, videos and information sheets about the Hamilton project, and someone on hand to answer any questions.  Lunch included at the Huntly RSA.

Leaving yard at 9 am

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

 

 

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Tuesday 20 August 2019 - 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 to the Top of the Bruce Road past the Grand Chateau. The highlight of today’s trip will be taking a ride on NZ's largest and most technically advanced gondola, Whakapapa's NEW state-of-the-art Sky Waka, to NZ's highest eateries at the Knoll Ridge Chalet. This spectacular ride takes you over striking volcanic terrain with views across the Tongariro National Park. Time for lunch (own cost) on the mountain and a play in the snow before retracing our steps back to Hamilton.

Leaving yard at 7.30 am

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

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Saturday 24 August 2019 - Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Today we travel south of Rotorua to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. While here, there are many walks, mainly downhill, for you to choose from. Options include Echo Crater, and Frying Pan Lake, the world's largest hot water spring.  The mysterious and dramatic Inferno Crater and its beautiful blue hot lake will take your breath away. As you walk through the youngest eco-systems in the world you will view a range of geothermal activity, native plants and birdlife. At any stage of your walk, you can take the courtesy shuttle bus, which regularly circles the valley, back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre. While here, there will be time to purchase lunch in the onsite café.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

COST: Members $85.00, Non-members $90.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admission.

 

 

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Wednesday 28 August 2019 - Sewing Machine Museum & Tauranga Crossing

We cross the Kaimai's into Tauranga to visit the Sewing Machine Museum.  The museum is called: 'Century of Sewing'.  The oldest machine is from 1893 and those on display go through the decades until the 70s.  There are 25 full sized machines on display and about 60 toy machines and miniatures.  The toys and miniatures are not limited to Singer.  Besides machines, there are old sewing tools, oil cans, old cotton threads (wooden reels), a few irons, sewing related objects and pictures and wall hangings.  After the museum, we travel to Tauranga’s newest mall, the Tauranga Crossing. While here you will have time to browse the wide variety of shops in this new complex and purchase some lunch from one of the many food options available.

Leaving yard at 8 am

COST: Members $85.00, Non-members $90.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admission. 

 

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