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 28 February 2019 - Te Aroha Day Out

Our journey today takes us to the town of Te Aroha. The town’s identity is founded around its heritage. Our first visit is to Cadman Bath House, also known as the Te Aroha Museum.  Opened in 1898, the museum is home to a diverse collection of local artefacts. Films and archives on gold mining, farming and the spa history, show what life was like for those brave and hardy pioneers and the generations who have followed.  After the museum, we travel to the Te Aroha RSA where we will have a delicious lunch. For those interested, you have time to have a soak in the Te Aroha Mineral Spa after lunch (extra cost, approx. $13 for 30 min spa, bring your swimsuit and a towel). For those not interested, take a short walk up to the Mokena Geyser (the only natural soda water geyser in the world) or soak your feet in the free hot water foot bath.

Leaving yard at 9.00am

COST: Travel Club Members $70.00, Non-members $75.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, lunch and admission to the museum.

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Friday 8 March 2019 -  Katikati Bird Gardens

Today we travel to Katikati to visit the Katikati Bird Gardens. These beautiful and tranquil gardens are set directly on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour. With water-lily ponds, mature trees from around the world, flower gardens and natural wetlands, the gardens are a delight all year round. And with many varieties of birds wandering free and in aviaries scattered throughout the gardens, this special corner of New Zealand is truly unique.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

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

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Tuesday 12 March 2019 – Paeroa Day Out

Paeroa is the self-proclaimed Antiques Capital of New Zealand and home to the therapeutic spring water which, mixed with lemon, is what we know today as the drink Lemon & Paeroa (or L&P) “World Famous in New Zealand."  Our travels today will take us to Paeroa, and our first stop will be at the L&P bottle for morning tea. We then stop in town for the chance to browse the various antique shops. After lunch (own cost), we travel to the Paeroa Maritime Park & Museum. This Museum is the home to a very important collection of maritime history relating to the role that Paeroa played as a port in the late 19th century when the goldfields of Waihi and Karangahake were being developed and mined.

Leaving yard at 8.30am

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

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Saturday 16 March 2019 – Mangakara Nature Walk

The walk meanders through an ancient forest, with large rimu, kahikatea, tawa, pukatea and kohekohe and takes you to the beautiful Mangakara Stream before looping back. There are numbered posts at points of interest along the walk. There are also illustrated signs to further your understanding and appreciation of this special place. It's accessible to people of most ages and fitness levels, but not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Seats are located around the walk. After the walk, we will stop in Pirongia for you to purchase some lunch before travelling back to Hamilton.

Leaving yard at 9.00am

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

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Saturday 23 March 2019 - Scenic Drive

Today we will board the coach and just drive, enjoying the scenery as we go. There is nothing better than just hopping in the coach and going for a drive on a summer’s day. We are not restricted to time so it is a full day of leisure exploring. We will stop somewhere along the way for you to purchase your lunch.

Leaving yard at 8.30am

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

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Thursday 28 March 2019 – Miranda Shorebird Centre

Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the endemic Wrybill population found at Pūkorokoro Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000, the coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by. While visiting the shorebird centre, we will have one of their local guides who will share all their knowledge about the birds we will see. Due to the later start of the shorebird tour because of the tides, we will stop in Miranda or Kaiaua for lunch prior to the tour (own cost).

Leaving yard at 9.00am

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

 

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Wednesday 10 April 2019 - Nevalea Alpacas

Nevalea Alpacas, the largest alpaca farm in New Zealand, is home to over 800 friendly alpacas. Take part in an interesting and informative presentation about alpacas and their exquisite fibre, learn about how they shear alpacas and turn their fibre into clothing in the farm shop. We also have the opportunity to hand feed and take photos with many friendly alpacas and their cria (baby alpacas). Get up close and pat them, feel just how soft their fibre is. After our alpaca visit, we travel to Taumarunui for you to purchase your lunch, before enjoying a leisurely drive back to Hamilton.

Leaving yard at 7.30am

COST: Members $100.00, Non-members $105.00. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

 

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Saturday 13 April 2019 - Tui Domain Walk Te Aroha

Starting near the Mokena Geyser, this pleasant walk passes through the stunning bush and shallow mountain streams. At the Te Aroha, Water Treatment Plant walkers may take short detours to scenic waterfalls. The track continues through the bush, crossing mountain bike tracks (please watch out for cyclists). Please bring a packed lunch and your walking shoes with you today.

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

 

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Wednesday 17 April 2019 - Chelsea Sugar Factory

Back by popular demand is the tour of the iconic Chelsea Sugar Factory. This is a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at Chelsea Sugar. We’ll see how raw sugar, offloaded from the ships berthed at the deep-water port, makes its way through the factory. There is also the opportunity to participate in the interactive baking centre which features the heritage and history of both the Chelsea and Edmonds brands, as well as demonstrating the sugar and flour milling processes from paddock to plate.  We will be taken around the site on the Chelsea Bay Train - but beware, there are a total of 80 stairs to walk up and down as you walk through the factory, so, unfortunately, wheelchairs, crutches or walking sticks cannot be accommodated. Everyone must wear a long-sleeved top, long trousers with enclosed, flat-soled shoes.  The group will be split into two, one group will do the factory tour, and the other will have time to browse the visitor centre and have lunch in the café, and then the groups will swap over.

Leaving yard at  7.30am

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

 

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Saturday 20 April 2019 - Tauranga Jazz Festival

Enjoy jazz, swing, blues and funk from NZ’s best on multiple stages along The Strand set amidst dozens of fine bars and restaurants.  Relax or dance the day away with the sparkling waters of Tauranga Moana as a backdrop.  We will arrive in time to watch the Vintage Parade in true New Orleans style down Willow Street. Feel free to dress up and join in - from spiffing sportswear and straw boaters, floaty florals through to putting on the ritz and carnival glam, anything goes! Have some fun over the weekend, get some friends together and enjoy a lovely day out in Tauranga.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

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

 

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Wednesday 24 April 2019 - Ayrlies Garden

Situated in the gently rolling country of east Auckland, this is one of New Zealand's best-known gardens, characterised by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds and waterways. A strong but sensitive use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies seen best in the lurid border where 'hot' colours are used to great effect and in other areas where old roses, clematis and perennials are combined in romantic profusion. After our visit, we will stop for lunch in Whitford.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

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

 

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Tuesday 30 April 2019 - Mystery Trip

What shall we do today?  Well, I know and I guess if you want to find out you’ll have to come out today and see what we have planned.  As usual we will be doing something interesting, we’ll have a tasty lunch and of course, the company will be great!

Leaving yard at  8.00am

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

 

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Tuesday 7 May 2019 – Tarawera Falls

We venture by coach to the base of the Tarawera Falls, where the river emerges through narrow fissures in a fractured rhyolite lava cliff.  There is an easy 40-minute return walk to the waterfall’s base lookout where we will see a unique beauty of the waterfall and crystal-clear river, which makes the falls one of New Zealand must-see waterfalls. On our way back home we will stop in at the Rotorua Citizen’s Club for a late lunch.

Leaving yard at 7.30am

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

 

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Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Tiritiri Matangi

Today will be an early start as we need to be at Gulf Harbour by 9:30 am. Tiritiri Matangi Island is situated in the Hauraki Gulf and is only a 20-minute ferry trip from the Gulf Harbour. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you will be entranced by the serenade of gentle birdsong and the lush native bush. It has been revegetated with around which 300,000 native trees, 12 of New Zealand’s endangered birds and three reptile species that have been re-introduced. Make sure you bring your lunch today as there is nowhere you can purchase this.

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COST: Travel Club Members $155.00, Non-members $160.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, return ferry, guided tour of the island.

 

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Saturday 18 May 2019 - Redwoods Walk

Today we travel over to Rotorua to enjoy a walk through the Redwood Forest. On this popular 2km track starting at the Visitor Centre we meander through the breath-taking Californian Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) which were planted in 1901. These towering trees stand at approximately 67 metres tall and create a wonderful shelter, for a diverse range of native plants and birds. A feature boardwalk takes us across the old thermal pond, home to a variety of exotic aquatic plant life. For those interested in a slightly longer walk, there is the option to continue on for another 1.4km on the Waitawa Walk which takes you into a magnificent stand of Douglas Fir. Discover the famous New Zealand Silver Fern and the giant Mamaku Ferns. Please remember to bring your walking shoes with you today. We will stop in Rotorua prior to the walk for you to purchase some lunch to eat after your walk.

Leaving yard at 9.00am

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

 

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Tuesday 21 May 2019 - Lava Glass Taupo

Situated just out of Taupo, Lava Glass offers a unique opportunity to view the captivating process of glass blowing.  In the gallery studio, we will view the creation of all sorts of fascinating designs that Lynden and his team produce before seeing the glass-blowers at work and visiting the Lava Glass Sculpture Garden.  The garden is a visual feast and contains more than 500 glass sculptures including glass flowers and a 15 piece glass waterfall.  Lunch is included today at the café onsite.

Leaving yard at 8.00am

COST: Travel Club Members $95.00, Non-members $100.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, admission and lunch.

 

 

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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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