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.

You will see that we have now listed pick up times for all our day trips. Please remember to be at the departure point 10 minutes prior to the departure time. Please advise the office at the time of booking where you will be meeting the coach. 

Tuesday 4 August 2020 – Highways & Byways – Huntly Section

Today we are going for a drive along one of the newest pieces of roading in the Waikato. Travelling north, we will travel along the newly opened Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly, across lowlands and over the Taupiri Range. After passing through this section, we will continue on the Waikato Expressway, riding on the also recently completed Longswamp section. Our lunch stop today will be at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, before retracing our steps back to Hamilton.

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Wednesday 12 August 2020 – Avantidrome Tour & Trike Ride

Today we will travel out to Cambridge for a visit to the Avantidrome, one of the nation’s premier sports and recreation facilities, centered around a purpose built, world class wooden cycling velodrome. Here we will take a guided tour of the velodrome, including an exclusive behind the scenes look at New Zealand’s high performance set up. After the tour, you have the chance to ride on the track on a trike. They have a fleet of trikes that vary in style and functionality with coaches trained in trike use and safety to guide you around the track. After our time at the velodrome we travel into Cambridge to purchase lunch (own cost) before travelling back to Hamilton.

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Sunday 16 August 2020 – Waitakaruru Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum is a former quarry that has been transformed into a 17.5 hectare  arboretum with more than 20,000 trees from around the world. The rehabilitation started in 1991.  Along the 2 km long nature trail we will discover more than 100 sculptures and installations within one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries.  All of their sculptures are NZ made, some tell thought-provoking NZ stories. Please bring a picnic lunch

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Friday 21 August 2020 – Day out with Les

We haven’t been able to do a trip with Les for a while so join us for a day out and about with Les. Not sure where he intends to take you but I’m sure he’ll make a nice day of it!  Of course we’ll make sure he takes you somewhere nice for lunch along the way too. He is looking forward to catching up with you all!

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Thursday 27 August 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 an autumn 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.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Wednesday 2 September 2020 – Over the Moon Cheese

Today we travel to Putaruru to visit Over the Moon Cheese. 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 watch and learn how to make mozzarella and haloumi, taste the delicious results and take a recipe home so you can make it yourself. After our visit here, we travel to Tirau for you to purchase lunch from one of the local cafes before travelling back to Hamilton.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Thursday 10 September 2020 – Antique & Collectable Lovers Day Out

This one is for the antique lovers out there! Today we are taking in the countryside and stopping in at antique and vintage shops along the way. Our first stop of the day will be Te Aroha, where we will also have a roadside cuppa. Continuing on, we then travel to Paeroa,  famous for its range of antiques and collectables. There will be plenty of time for you here to browse the various antique and vintage shops of the town and don’t worry, there will be room to store all your purchases on the coach! You’ll also be able to purchase your lunch in Paeroa. Our last stop of the day will be Waihi to check out a couple of the shops there, before commencing our trip home to Hamilton.

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Wednesday 16 September 2020 – Oaklane Lodge

Our journey today will take us to the outskirts of Morrinsville to Oaklane Lodge. This private & secluded boutique lodge is an expansive 105 year old villa and is at the end of a spectacular 600m tree lined driveway. It is set amongst 2.5 hectares of mature gardens and magnificent 105+ year old Oak, Copper Beech, Chestnut and Cork trees. While here, we’ll enjoy a walk through their stunning grounds and a delicious lunch on site. After this we’ll enjoy a lovely country drive through the back roads, enjoying the scenery as we go.

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Sunday 20 September 2020 – Waiheke Island

An early start today to get to the ferry on time, but once onboard the coach, you can sit back and relax while we worry about the traffic! Once on the island, we’ll safari around with our driver showing us the best spots on the island, followed by some free time at Oneroa Village – you may like to walk along the local beach or just browse the shops prior to purchasing your lunch. Waiheke has been voted one of the top islands in the world, so do not miss out on this unique experience. Please advise us at time of booking if you have an Auckland Transport Gold Hop Card, as you will get a discounted ferry cost.

Departure times: LTT – 7.00am, TC – 7.10am, GAR – 7.20am, BRA – 7.30am, FLG – 7.40am, CHW – 7.50am

COST: Travel Club Members $140.00, Non-members $145.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and ferry.  

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Wednesday 30 September 2020 – Tip Top Factory

Bring your grandkids for a school holiday treat as this tour is always a favourite! Upon our arrival to The Tip Top Factory in Auckland our mouths will be watering at the thought of ice cream. We will see how Tip Top makes the Best Ice Cream in the world by mixing fresh New Zealand milk and cream to make award winning ice cream with a surprise for our taste buds at the end. We then board the coach and head over to Sylvia Park; Auckland’s largest shopping centre for lunch (own purchase) and a spot of shopping. Please note that you must be able to climb the 68 stairs from the carpark to the tour reception, and a further 24 stairs to access the tour galleries. Walking frames and crutches are not permitted. Closed in footwear needs to be worn on the day.

Departure times: LTT – 8.00am, TC – 8.10am, GAR – 8.20am, BRA – 8.30am, FLG – 8.40am, CHW – 8.50am

COST: Travel Club Members $85.00, non-members $90.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission. Children under 15 $50.00 per child. 

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Tuesday 6 October 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!

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Sunday 11 October 2020 – Mary Poppins at the Civic

The multi-award winning supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical, which has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, is flying back into Auckland in October 2020! The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Let Leisure Time Travel take the hassle out of driving up to Auckland and finding parking by travelling up in our coach. There will be time for you to purchase lunch prior to the 1.00pm show.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

COST: Travel Club Members $155.00, Non-members $165.00 per person. Includes coach and ticket to the show.

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Saturday 17 October 2020 – Karangahake Gorge to Dickey Flat

Today we travel to Karangahake for a walk through historic mining country through to  Dickey Flat. Bring your torch today for a 200m tunnel on this track. From the Karangahake Reserve car park, cross the suspension bridge over the Ohinemuri River then head uphill. Follow the Crown Tramway Track alongside the true left bank of the Waitawheta River. Cross the suspension bridge and continue upstream on the Crown Track past the Crown Stope and a picturesque swimming hole (40 minutes from the start) and then through the tunnel. A bridge crosses the Waitawheta River just before you reach Dickey Flat. We then return via the same track. Bring a picnic lunch today for you to enjoy at Dickey Flat. Also remember to bring sunscreen and plenty of water. A moderate level of fitness is required for today’s trip. This walk is approximately 3km each way.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Wednesday 21 October 2020 – Waihi Academy

Departing Hamilton this morning we travel over to Waihi, stopping in at the beautiful Karangahake Gorge for a cuppa on our way. Arriving in Waihi, we visit the Waihi Academy. The academy is located in the north-eastern Waihi countryside; Waihi and Whangamata beaches are both within half an hour’s drive. Waihi Academy Learning & Conference Centre promotes wellness in terms of body, mind and spirit for all. Visitors comment on the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the Academy’s natural environment, and express the opinion that it is not only conducive to multi-cultural learning experiences but also enhances personal and spiritual growth. We will have a tour of the facility and a buffet lunch while here (please note it will be a vegetarian meal).

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

COST: Travel Club Members $110.00, Non-members $115.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, admission and lunch.

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Wednesday 28 October 2020 – Auckland Shopping Trip to Newmarket

Today we travel up to Auckland to check out the Newmarket Shopping Area. Discover the best shopping in Auckland at Newmarket, known as the fashion and shopping capital of New Zealand. The widest variety of retail outlets are found here and we are proud to showcase the finest, assorted selection of shopping options for your perusal. From high end fashion boutiques and stores, international labels, Auckland’s only David Jones store, flagship stores of New Zealand fashion designers, book stores, kids stores, including New Zealand’s only Lego store, stationery shops, gift stores and more, there is something for everyone. You will also find a wide range of sporting goods, from clothing and footwear to equipment and recovery products. There will also be time for you to purchase your lunch at the mall. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of space on the coach to bring all your purchases home.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Thursday 5 November 2020 – Day out with Scott

We have managed to pull Scott from his busy schedule for the day. We don’t know where he will take you but we can assure you it will be a great day out! We’ll also make sure he takes you somewhere nice for lunch along the way.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Sunday 8 November 2020 – Hinehopu/Hongi’s Track—Rotorua

We commence our travels today with a drive to Rotorua. Travelling out to Lake Rotoiti, we commence our walk (approx. 2.2km each way). The track is a pleasant walk through native forest with important historic and cultural value. There is a beautiful beach at Korokitewao Bay (Lake Rotoiti) for swimming and picnicking (a perfect place for you to eat your lunch). The track runs from Korokitewao Bay (Lake Rotoiti) to Te Pōhue Bay (Lake Rotoehu), through a forest of rimu, tawa, pukatea and rewarewa.  We return back to Lake Rotoiti via the same track. Please bring a picnic lunch with you today, along with your walking shoes and water. A moderate level of fitness is required.

Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am

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

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Tuesday 17 November 2020 – Plum Meadows Garden

Plum Meadows is a hidden gem full of history, nestled within a 40 hectare Waerenga farm near Te Kauwhata in the North Waikato region. The farm itself dates back 100 years, with four generations of family having worked eagerly on the property and its beautiful garden over the years. Today the main purpose of the land is its 13 hectare stone fruit orchard. On our visit to Plum Meadows garden, we’ll see some of what’s been on the farm for decades: scattered old trees and plantings, shady spaces laced with greenery, and vibrant flowers of many varieties during our 1.5 hour leisurely guided tour. Not to mention the fragrant fruit orchard brimming with plums, melons and other stone fruit. We’ll also enjoy lunch at the gardens before retracing our steps back to Hamilton.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHR – 9.20am

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

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Saturday 28 November 2020 – Rotorua Lakes Scenic Drive

Today we board the coach and drive, enjoying the scenery as we go. Our adventure takes us to Rotorua where we will explore the different lakes that Rotorua has including Lake Rotorua, Rotoma, the Blue & Green Lakes and Lake Tarawera.  We will stop en route for you to purchase lunch.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Saturday 5 December 2020 – 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 Zenders Café (439 Ruakura 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: Members $40.00 Non-members $50.00 per person. Includes lunch

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Wednesday 9 December 2020 – Waikato River Trails Walk (Arapuni to Little Waipa Reserve)

Today we enjoy a drive through the backcountry of the Waikato, arriving in Arapuni where we enjoy a morning tea before commencing our walk. 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.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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Tuesday 15 December 2020 – Mystery Trip

For our final day trip of 2020, it only seems appropriate to finish the year with our most popular day trip, the Mystery Trip. Join us for an exciting day out with your fellow travellers. As always, lunch will be included.

Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am

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

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