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 29 May 2019 - Driving Creek Railway

A popular trip so book now to avoid disappointment. The one-hour return trip on the innovatively designed train takes you through replanted native kauri forest and includes two spirals, three short tunnels, five reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up to the mountain-top terminus. At the top of the track is the Eyefull Tower. This building offers great panoramic views out over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf with the forested valley and mountains behind. After, we will travel to Coromandel Town where you can purchase your lunch.

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COST: Members $95.00, Non-members $100.00. Includes coach, morning tea and admissions. 

 

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Wednesday 5 June 2019 - Adrian Worsley Scrap Metal Art

Sculptor Adrian Worsley designs and constructs unique and original sculptures entirely from recycled materials in his studio/workshop in Te Aroha. With works featuring a 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 items are 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 $50.00, Non-members $55.00. Includes coach, morning tea and admissions.

 

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Thursday 13 June 2019 - Redwoods Tree Top Walk

Today we travel to Rotorua to capture a birds-eye perspective of an already world famous forest setting. The Redwoods Treewalk is a 553m long walkway that consists of a series of 21 suspension bridges traversing the gaps between 22 majestic 100-year-old Redwood trees. The bridge sections gradually incline from 6m in height to a stunning 12m at its peak before again descending to 6m. It is an inspiring, refreshing and rejuvenating nature experience. This is a day trip not to be missed. After our treetop walk, we head into Rotorua for you to purchase your lunch. Please note that you do need to be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted on this trip.

Leaving yard at 8:30 am

COST: Members $80.00, Non-members $85.00. Includes coach, morning tea and admissions. 

 

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Tuesday 18 June 2019 - Auckland Museum

Today we visit the Auckland Museum, where stories of the Pacific, New Zealand's people, and the flora and fauna and landforms of its unique islands, are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.  The self-guided tour will give an introduction to the artistic legacy and cultures of the peoples of the Pacific; the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori people; and the diversity of cultures which now combine to form the rich tapestry of race, nationality and creed, which is modern New Zealand. Some of the current exhibitions on display include Not One More Acre, telling the story of Maori land rights struggles at Bastion Point and Carried Away – Bags Unpacked, revealing over 150 bags and exploring the stories associated with their creation. After our museum visit, there will be time in Auckland city for you to purchase lunch before commencing our trip back home.

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

 

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Thursday 27 June 2019 - Scenic Drive

Today we will hop in the coach and just drive and enjoy the scenery as we go. There is nothing better than just hopping in the coach and going for a drive on a winter’s day. We are not restricted to time so it is a full day of leisurely exploring. Please bring a packed lunch today.

Leaving yard at 8.30 am

COST: Members $50.00, Non-members $55.00. Includes coach and morning tea.

 

 

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Saturday 29 June 2019 - Mid-Winter Christmas

Ho Ho Ho!  Our mid-winter Christmas lunch is upon us and we are looking forward to catching up with you again. 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.

COST: Members $40.00, Non-members $60.00 per person. Includes lunch

 

 

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Thursday 4 July 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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Tuesday 9 July 2019 - Okoroire Hot Springs & The Blue Spring

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 lunch in the hotel restaurant. After our lunch, we will travel to The Blue Spring, internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water. The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear. There is a short walk to view this stunning spring (15 mins each way). We then retrace our steps back to Hamilton.

Leaving yard at 8.30 am

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

 

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Saturday 13 July 2019 - Thames Day Out

Our travels today take us to Thames. Our first stop will be the Grahamstown Markets, where you will find a wide range of fruit and veggies, arts and crafts, food, collectables, flowers and second-hand goods for sale. There will also be time here for you to purchase lunch. Our next stop is the Bella Pumphouse Museum. Inside the building is impressive, with a wide range of displays and working models. Volunteers take us on a tour of the remains of the outside pump site and a full guided tour around the building. The bonus is the wonderful collection of old Thames photographs that adorn several side rooms - these alone make the visit worthwhile. The building housed the "Big Pump" that was used to remove water from the mines at the northern end of the town. Built in 1897-98, it could remove 2000Litres of water per minute from depths of 300 metres. Our final stop for the day is Matatoki Cheese Barn. They make award-winning organic cheeses and yoghurts and stock a wide range of deli foods that go well with the cheeses that you can buy.

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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Thursday 18 July 2019 - Mystery Trip

Well, our mystery trips have continued to be popular so we will put on another one this newsletter. Come out and about with us for an interesting day and of course great company.

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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Wednesday 24 July 2019 - Mandela My Life Exhibition

Today we travel to Auckland to see the Mandela My Life Exhibition. The exhibition will provide visitors with a glimpse into the extraordinary personal life of Nelson Mandela. Expertly curated by a team of Museums Victoria staff headed by iEC Exhibitions’ Samantha Heywood, Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition features over 200 original artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela’s private collection. This is the most comprehensive collection ever to be shown outside of South Africa. After this, we travel to Sylvia Park for you to purchase lunch before travelling back to Hamilton.

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COST: Members $80.00, Non-members $85.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admissions. 

 

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Tuesday 24 July 2019 - Soljans Estate Winery

Situated at the gateway to Kumeu Classic Wine Country, Soljans Estate Winery offers a complete winery experience. The vineyard surrounding the winery is planted with Pinotage, Merlot and Pinot Gris but like most Auckland wineries, Soljans winery draws the majority of its grapes from New Zealand’s major wine growing regions. While here we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch from their on-site restaurant, wine tasting and a tour of the winery.

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

 

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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.

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

 

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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