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 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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Tuesday 4 December 2018 -  Awhitu Peninsula

Discover a hidden gem full of history, character and natural beauty.  Awhitu Peninsula is only an hour and a half from Hamilton, but its vast panoramas across wild, black-sand beaches and coastal cliff-top roads make it a true escape. Our trip takes us to the historical Manukau Heads Lighthouse, jutting out from the tip of the peninsula. The lighthouse is one of only a few in New Zealand that are open to the public. Then return to Waiuku for Roast Lunch at the Cozzie Club.

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

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Saturday 8 December 2018 – Redwood Memorial Grove 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 breathtaking Californian Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) which were planted in 1901. These towering trees stand at approximately 67 metres tall and create a wonderful shelter, along with the underplanted European Larch, for a diverse range of native plants and birds. Another feature of this track is the boardwalk, which 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.

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

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Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Chelsea Sugar Factory

Chelsea have brought back tours 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.

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

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Friday 14 December 2018 – Paeroa Christmas Lights Display

This afternoon we travel over to Paeroa, stopping in the township on the way through to purchase some dinner, before travelling to the Paeroa Historic Maritime Park & Museum. The venue becomes a magical wonderland with trees and buildings festooned with coloured lights and surprises everywhere. Bring the whole family for a delightful lead up to Christmas where you can wander about for several hours. Meander through the Enchanted Forest of trees lit up with fairy lights, exploring our way through to Santa's grotto. The mesmerising laser lights and musical show will keep the whole family enthralled.  Food and beverages are available (own cost). This is a wonderfully entertaining and magical night out for the whole family - a perfect way to bring in the festive season! Please note this will be a late night, arriving back in Hamilton by 10.00pm.

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COST: Travel Club Members $65.00, Non-members $70.00 per person. Children (under 15) half price. Includes coach, afternoon tea and admission.

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Saturday 15 December 2018 – 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 Distinction Hamilton Hotel (the old Kingsgate) 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 $40.00, Non-members $50.00 per person. Includes Christmas Lunch.

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Wednesday 19 December 2018 - Tauranga Christmas Shopping & Cruise Ship Spotting

We’ll enjoy a later start today as we travel over the Kaimai Ranges to Tauranga. Our first stop will be the Bayfair Shopping Centre, where you have the chance to purchase those last minute gifts for your loved ones, or perhaps something nice for yourself. Enjoy something for lunch from one of the many food outlets (own cost) while at Bayfair. We then travel to downtown the Mount for further shopping. Our last stop for the day will be Pilot Bay, where we will watch the Majestic Princess cruise ship depart Tauranga onto its next destination.

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

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Tuesday 15 January 2019 – Eden Gardens

Today we head north to discover a wonderfully peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland.  Wander through Eden Gardens, a 5.5 acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden. We will explore their many plant collections including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. There's always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views.  There is a café on-site where you are able to purchase your lunch.

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

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Sunday 20 January 2019 – Hunua Ranges Walk

Our travels today take us to the Hunua Ranges Regional Park, the largest area of native forest in Auckland. There are two options for walks here, with the first being the Hunua Falls Loop Walk. This walk is a great way to see the popular Hunua Falls from all angles and enjoy the surrounding forest (20 minute loop walk, 800m track). The second option is the Suspension Bridge Loop. This track is an easy grade walk offering impressive views over the Wairoa reservoir. This place is truly impressive, the water is bright blue surrounded by rock walls and green forest.  Continue walking through the lush bush and finish crossing a little suspension bridge over a meandering stream (1 hour 15 minute walk, 3.9km track). These are both pleasant walks with plenty of places to take in the views and enjoy a picnic. Bring a packed lunch and your walking shoes today.

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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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Wednesday 23 January 2019 – North Waikato Foodie Day

Seeing as our last Foodie Day Out trip was well received, we have found some more yummy places in the North Waikato area to try out today. Our first stop is Peplers Fine Foods located in Te Kauwhata. Here they have a wide range of jams, jellies, chutney, aioli, marmalade, mustards, vinaigrettes, dressings, dessert and savoury sauces for you to try and buy.  Once you have made your purchases we continue venturing north and stop in at Tuakau where we will have an included lunch at one of their local cafes. After lunch, we travel to Pokeno to stop for one of their large icecreams. Those interested can also pop into Pokeno Bacon, who pride themselves on their traditional, award winning, handmade gourmet pork specialties using only 100% fresh Pokeno pork. Our last stop for today is Mercer Cheese, where we will find award-winning cheeses made from cow, goat and sheep milk. There is also plenty of Dutch delicacies and great cheese accompaniments available for purchase.

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

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Thursday 31 January 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!

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

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Tuesday 5 February 2019 - New Zealand Maritime Museum

The NZ Maritime Museum tells the stories that created a nation, stories that define our identity as New Zealanders. From the first discovery by Kupe, to one of the most courageous migrations by the Polynesian peoples, to Abel Tasman and then Cook. The museum’s galleries recreate many of the defining stories of New Zealand’s maritime heritage, honouring and celebrating those who sailed to the limits of their imagination.  While at the museum, we’ll join their crew for a sailing aboard the beautifully maintained heritage scow Ted Ashby. Enjoy the feeling of the wind in your hair, the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt air. Take in the city skyline including the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge as she navigates the sparkling water of the Waitemata. There will be time available to purchase lunch in Takapuna.

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

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Saturday 9 February 2019 - Paeroa Military Tattoo

This is the 26th 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 $55.00, Non-members $60.00 per person. Includes coach, afternoon tea and admission.

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Thursday 14 February 2019 - Jo Tricker Glass “Glass-sperience”

Our travels today take us over the Kaimai Ranges to Tauranga, enjoying something a little different today. We visit Jo Tricker Glass to enjoy a “glass-sperience tour. "Glass-sperience" is an entertaining and interesting "How It's Made'  tour which showcases three of the many techniques that are used in a Kilnforming and Flameworking glass studio. We will see a live demonstration of how a glass bead is made on a gas torch and how to pull a glass stringer;  touch and see rods, powders, stringers, foil and other types of glass materials that are used in the making of glass art; watch the process that is used to fuse and slump glass; and finally the procedure for making cast glass objects.  This is a Kilnforming studio and the techniques demonstrated are very different to those of glassblowing! After this tour, there will be time to look at Jo’s collection of glass for sale, before travelling into Tauranga to purchase some lunch. Please note this tour has limited availability, call today to avoid missing out!

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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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Saturday 16 February 2019 - Omokoroa Peninsula Walk

Today we travel to Omokoroa to enjoy a walk around the picturesque Omokoroa Peninsula. This popular 40-minute walk takes us around the tip of the peninsula and through the Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve. From this reserve, which covers about 2 hectares, we get spectacular tree-framed views of the harbour and Matakana Island. The magnificent variety of mature trees - including a giant Moreton Bay fig - were mostly planted by the Crapp family, one of the first pioneering families in the area. Our driver will meet us at the end of the walk and from there we will travel into Bethlehem village for lunch (own cost). Bring your walking shoes with you today.

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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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Wednesday 20 February 2019 - 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.

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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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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). For those not interested, talk 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 footbath.

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

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