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 11 December 2019 – Matamata - Piako History Day

Our first visit of the day is the Firth Tower in Matamata. The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the countryside. The tower stands on rising ground commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. There are 13 buildings on site with museum displays to view. While here we will also enjoy a morning tea amongst the tranquil atmosphere of their gardens. We then travel to Te Aroha where you will have time to purchase some lunch. In the afternoon we visit 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.  Our last stop for the day is Morrinsville Museum, where we explore the exhibits about the local history of Morrinsville.

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

 

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Saturday 14 December 2019 – Christmas Lunch

Don’t miss out on our annual Christmas Lunch! A wonderful menu has been prepared just for you, full of tantalising dishes with a Christmas flavour so be sure to join us and celebrate the Christmas season. If you like, feel free to invite your friends and family to join us too - the more the merrier! Our Christmas Lunch will be held at the Glenview Club (211 Peacockes Road, Hamilton) where there is plenty of parking. As per usual there will be a raffle table - any donations towards this would be hugely appreciated.  Arrive at the venue by 12.00pm for a 12.30pm meal. If you require transport to the venue please advise the office at the time of booking.

COST: Travel Club Members $35.00, Non-members $45.00 per person. Includes Christmas Lunch.

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Sunday 15 December 2019 – Wairere Falls Walk

Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the North Island and a popular walking track in the Waikato. The return hike to the viewing platform at the base of the Wairere Falls takes about an hour and a half. It is an attractive walk along a well-maintained track. Small wooden bridges take you across the stream at several points, affording lovely views of little cascades and providing opportunities to cool tired feet in the refreshing water. For those who are keen, the walk to the top of the falls will take an extra 45 minutes each way (this section is steep). This walk requires a moderate level of fitness. Please bring a packed lunch with you today and your walking shoes.

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

 

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Tuesday 17 December 2019 – Burr-wood Country Garden

We commence our travels today by driving through Karangahake Gorge and onto Waihi where we’ll enjoy a roadside morning tea. Departing Waihi we travel to Burr-wood Garden, located just out of Katikati. Burr-wood is set on 21/2 acres, with developed gardens surrounded by the native bush of the lower Kaimai Ranges. They overlook a panorama of land, sea, harbour and islands, from top of Waihi Beach out to East Cape.  While at Burr-wood, we’ll enjoy a Devonshire tea in the garden with the owner. After our visit we travel into Bethlehem for you to purchase your lunch before commencing our journey home. Please note this trip is not suitable for those with walkers.

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

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Sunday 22 December 2019 – Rotorua Soundshell Market

Have you got all your Christmas shopping sorted? If you are looking for that last minute Christmas gift for a loved one, join our day out to Rotorua where we visit the Soundshell Market. This Market has been operating for over 27 years and is located on the lakefront of Lake Rotorua. The stalls feature a variety of product from all over New Zealand including crafts, curios, collectables, antiques, jewellery, clothing, tools, woodware, greenstone, garden ornaments and plants and much more. There will be time available for you to purchase lunch from one of the nearby cafes and bars, or to browse the shops.

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

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Sunday 12 January 2020 – Raglan Creative Market

The Raglan Creative Market is a monthly market held the second Sunday of each month at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in Whaingaroa-Raglan. The Raglan Creative Market reflects the Raglan lifestyle by showcasing the friendly, creative, healthy and alive atmosphere of the area. A place to relax, soak up and enjoy the beautiful things in life with Whaingaroa local kai and arts.  Raglan Creative Market is proud of New Zealand-made and the array of undiscovered emerging talent in Raglan-Whaingaroa. There will also be time for you to purchase lunch in Raglan.

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

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Thursday 16 January 2020 – Te Awamutu Day Out

Today we travel to Te Awamutu where our first stop will be the Te Awamutu Museum. Here we have time to experience and learn Waipa’s history, art, ideas and culture. From the museum, we then stop at the Rose Gardens for a roadside cuppa. After morning tea we travel to Kihikihi to visit the Space Centre. Experience the world of space and astronomy through displays and interactive activities. The centrepiece exhibit is a small but fascinating collection of artefacts from the American and Russian space programmes. We'll find informative displays about the Universe, the history of space exploration and scientific research. There will be time available in Kihikihi to purchase lunch before our final stop for today. We will tour Alphra Lavender giving us the opportunity to learn about how the farm operates - from planting and harvesting to processing and product creation. Lavender products, made on the farm, are available to purchase from the gift shop.

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

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Saturday 18 January 2020 – Aratiatia to Huka Falls Walk

Today we travel south to Taupo to walk alongside the Waikato River. We will stop at Aratiatia to view the rapids before we commence our walk to Huka Falls. Enjoy spectacular views of the river and its magnificent water features, both from the track and from viewing platforms. The coach will greet us at Huka Falls. This walk is approximately 7km, and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Remember to bring plenty of water with you, and your walking shoes. Please bring lunch with you to eat along the way.

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

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Tuesday 21 January 2020 – Natural Wonders of Waitomo

The Waitomo and King Country region is a magical place. Sculptured limestone outcrops, gorges and natural bridges emerge through lush, green native forest, while underground, a world of ancient limestone formations and cave networks are home to glowworms, subterranean rivers and waterfalls. Our first stop of the day will be the Ruakuri Bush Scenic Reserve.  This spectacular loop walk takes you through a forested gorge, past natural sculpted cliffs and under low limestone arches. After a morning cuppa, we continue travelling to the Marakopa Falls – the 3rd largest waterfall in New Zealand – and a truly amazing sight. We then backtrack to Waitomo, stopping in at the magnificent Mangapohoe Natural Bridge – a natural formation that has taken centuries to form.  Here we enjoy a 10 minute walk to the bridge. We will stop in Waitomo to allow time for you to purchase your lunch before travelling to Otorohanga to have a walk through the Sir Edmund Hillary Walk before arriving back in Hamilton.

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

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Friday 24 January 2020 – Oete Goat Farm

Today we travel north to visit one of the largest goat farms in New Zealand, Oete Goat Farm. The farm is nestled in rolling hills west of Pukekohe and has about 2500 milking does. Oete Goat Farm is a farming enterprise producing some of New Zealand best goat produce for domestic and export supply. The farm is managed by a group of dedicated individuals that strive to provide a happy healthy environment for all the animals, and the highest standard of quality for food production in the country. While here we’ll learn all about how the farm works, the milking process and interact with the goats. After our visit we travel into Pukekohe for you to purchase your lunch before travelling back to Hamilton.

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

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Wednesday 29 January 2020 - 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!   

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

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Sunday 2 February 2020 - Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Glenbrook Vintage Railway is a heritage steam train railway located 50 minutes south of Auckland city, just out of Waiuku.  On arrival we’ll enjoy a ride on board their steam train. The journey covers 15 kilometres from Glenbrook to Victoria Avenue in historic Waiuku. Arriving in Waiuku, you have time to purchase lunch before catching the 1.00pm train back to Glenbrook. There will be a 15 minute stop at Pukeoware Workshops to allow viewing of restoration projects and also other railway equipment.

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

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Saturday 8 February 2020 - Paeroa Military Tattoo

This is the 27th Military Tattoo for Paeroa and one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one in New Zealand to hold an Evening Tattoo. We leave Hamilton to arrive in Paeroa by 5:00pm allowing you to see the street parade before the Evening Tattoo.  Performers include Highland Dancers, Celtic singers, Mace flourishing, Pipe Band displays and Ode to the Haggis. The Tattoo closes with the “Lone Piper” playing, and the singing of “Old Lang Syne”. This two-and-a-half-hour evening variety spectacular, complete with the Paeroa Castle, is based on the famous Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland. Bring your folding chair, picnic tea and perhaps a rug to keep off any chilly breezes and enjoy the evening.

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

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Tuesday 11 February 2020 - Scenic Drive

Today we will board 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 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 $65.00, Non-members $70.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Saturday 15 February 2020 – Waikato River Trails Walk (Arapuni to Little Waipa Reserve)

Starting in Arapuni, where we cross the swingbridge, the trail sits alongside Lake Karapiro and winds its way 6.2km to Little Waipa Reserve, where the coach will meet us again. This extremely popular section of trail takes a route through a unique wetland over a 500m long continuous boardwalk. Please bring a packed lunch today and don’t forget your walking shoes.

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

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Friday 21 February 2020 – Rotorua Garden Art Gallery

Our journey today will take us to Rotorua to visit the Garden Art Gallery. Step into a world of sweetly scented flowers, where inviting pathways lead through native trees, palms, cycads and rhododendrons. A stroll through this delightful garden will surely prove to be an unforgettable experience. Set amongst this award-winning garden, are two magnificent art galleries, displaying original wildlife and landscape paintings, limited edition prints, cards and crafts, by internationally renowned artist Jeanette Blackburn.

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

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Wednesday 26 February 2020  - Fountain Gardens

Travelling over the Kaimai Ranges today, we make our way to Fountain Gardens. With over 30 unique water features, fountains and other garden art; plus a variety of ponds, streams and bridges – there’s plenty to see and explore at Fountain Gardens. The gardens are linked together by a series of paths that wind their way through the beautiful native gully, around the pond and through the rose garden area. The native gully is a sight to behold with huge ponga and trees towering above, and native flora and fauna enclosing this area to create almost cave like effect that takes you worlds away from reality. A picnic lunch is included in today’s trip to enjoy in the stunning surroundings of the gardens (please advise of any dietary requirements at time of booking).

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

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