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.

Saturday 22 September 2018 - Ruakuri Scenic Reserve Walk

This spectacular loop walk takes us through a forested gorge, past natural sculpted cliffs and under low limestone arches. The track follows the stream and then winds up around a network of limestone bluffs and outcrops before descending down to the Ruakuri Natural Bridge viewing platform. Be sure to bring a torch to help us negotiate the steps and rocky outcrops. The entrance to the viewing platform is dark, so we will take extra care when walking down these steps. The platform extends out over a large cavernous tunnel where we can see large speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites) and a stream running along the bottom. While the walk is only 45 min return, we will allow more time to take in its many special features. Please note that this is not the Ruakuri Cave Guided Walk. Bring a torch, your walking shoes and your lunch today.

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

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Tuesday 25 September 2018 – Scenic Drive – Waikato War Sites

The Waikato War of 1863-1864 is said to be the defining war of the New Zealand Wars. Initiated by the invasion of the Waikato by the British Army, it was the largest and arguably the most important of the New Zealand War. The scale of the war in Waikato was immense, involving the largest numbers of British soldiers of any New Zealand Wars. The lands that were invaded and confiscated were rich in resources, supporting thriving settlements and flourishing economies. Our travels today will take us to some of these sites starting in Rangiriri and finishing in Kikihiki. We will stop somewhere along the way for you to purchase lunch.

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

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Thursday 4 October 2018 – 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.

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

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Tuesday 9 October 2018 – Auckland Zoo & MOTAT (School Holidays)

We’re going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo, and you can come too too too! Bring yourself, bring your grandkids or bring your whole family. Auckland Zoo has NZ’s largest collection of native and exotic species. You will have a map and hours of free time to explore all of the animals. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase your lunch at the café onsite. For those interested, why not pop down to road to MOTAT, New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum of its kind. There is an extensive collection of items including very rare treasures which are of national significance to the people of New Zealand. Admission to MOTAT is not included in the cost, but is free for NZ Gold card holders, and $19 for adults, $10 for children. A lovely day out exploring some of Auckland’s popular attractions.

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COST: Members $80.00, Non-Members $85.00 per person.  Children (16 and under) are $45.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and admission to Auckland Zoo.

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Saturday 13 October 2018 – Orokawa Bay Walk

Today we’ll travel to Waihi Beach to enjoy a lovely walk to Orokawa Bay. It’ll take us around 45 minutes to walk through the lush dense bush and descend down into Orokawa Bay. Enjoy the sounds of birdlife as we pass by towering pohutukawa trees, kauri, puriri and native nikau palm trees. There will be stunning views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean during this walk, including a bird’s eye view over Waihi Beach. This is an easy to moderate walk but it is hilly so wear sturdy walking shoes. A stunning beach awaits our arrival at Orokawa Bay. Fringed with pohutukawa trees and clear blue waves rolling ashore, this is a great spot for a picnic. This is approximately a 2.7km walk.

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

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Wednesday 17 October 2018 – Foodie’s Day Out

Food lovers are in for a treat today. Our first stop today is Putaruru to visit Over the Moon. They create New Zealand’s widest range of specialty cheeses from the world’s finest ingredients – locally sourced goat, cow, sheep and buffalo milk. We will enjoy a tasting of four cheeses while the experts talk about how they make the cheese. We then travel to Te Awamutu where we have lunch at Churchills. Wine tasting is our next stop, where we travel out to Vilagrads for an informative tour of the vineyard, wine making process, barrel education and history of NZ wine industry, followed by a tasting of their excellent wines and ports. Our final stop today is Punnet, where we will enjoy a delicious real fruit icecream to end the day.

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

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Thursday 25 October 2018 – Gibbs Sculpture Park

Gibbs Farm is an unusual setting for a sculpture collection. The North Auckland property is dominated by the Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. The flow of the land, the immense body of water, the wide harbour flats and the assertive variety of the elements have all imposed themselves on the artists. Strictly limited space available on this tour, so please book your space today. Please also remember to bring a packed lunch.

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

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Tuesday 30 October 2018 – Top Notch Nuts

Top Notch Orchards is a macadamia nut orchard, processor and manufacturer of macadamia nut products. The orchard sits on 27.5 acres and has 1400 macadamia trees. They have a processing plant that processes approximately 60 tonnes of nuts a year for themselves and other growers. On this tour, we will be shown the full cycle of the macadamia nut, from growing the nuts, drying, cracking then grading, and finally on to the end product in their on-site kitchen. While here we will also get to sample some treats from their macadamia nut product range. After our tour, we will travel to Morrinsville where you can purchase some lunch.

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

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Tuesday 6 November 2018 – Raupara Watergardens

Today we travel north to Thames to experience the tranquil beauty of Rapaura Watergardens. There is something for everyone at Rapaura Watergardens including native trees, ferns, rhododendrons, orchids, irises and bog plants while scores of hydrangeas feature in the summer. Meandering walks across lawns over bridges and streams and through native bush lead to a cascading waterfall. There is a café available on site for you to purchase your lunch.

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

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Thursday 15 November 2018 – Waikato Gardens Day Out

Today we will travel around the Waikato visiting a couple of gardens and nurseries. Our first stop will be Clara Vaile in Newstead, a country haven, composed of fragrant roses, lavender and other aromatic plants, 15 areas to sit and contemplate, numerous orchards and an old English potager. Take time to enjoy this garden which has been created and used as a place of retreat. We then travel into Cambridge to purchase some lunch. We will visit two nurseries in Cambridge (Amber Garden Centre and Oderings Garden Centre), with the opportunity to purchase some plants for your summer garden. After visiting these nurseries, we travel to our last garden for the day. Moondance Manor Gardens are extensively planted with abundant flower beds, expansive lawn areas, a wealth of native and exotic trees, a large ornamental pond and island and substantial formal hedging – all set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River.

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

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Sunday 18 November 2018 – Nikau Walk Pirongia

Today’s outing will take us to Pirongia Forest Park where we’ll enjoy the Nikau Walk. This walk passes through beautiful native forest, then follows along the stream to a loop walk, lush with nikau palms and tree ferns. Bring your lunch with you to enjoy along the way. This walk will take approximately 2 and a half hours, and is a 7km return walk. Remember to bring plenty of water with you and your walking shoes.

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COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $35.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Tuesday 20 November 2018 – A Day Out At the Beach

With summer just around the corner, it only seems appropriate to spend a day at the beach. The exact beach we will visit will be revealed on the day. Of course we will treat you to a lovely lunch at our mystery location. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a day at the beach.

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

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Thursday 29 November 2018 - New Zealand Flower & Garden Show

Green-thumbs, flower enthusiasts, fun lovers and home and garden renovators - the wait is over! Auckland will play host to the second North Island based international flower and garden show following the hugely successful inaugural event in Spring 2017. The New Zealand Flower and Garden Show will be a celebration of modern horticulture and design and will provide visitors of all ages an array of things to do and see. We will travel to the Trusts Arena in Auckland for a day at the show.

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

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