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. 

NEW DATE: Thursday 22 April 2021 – Waikato River Trails E-Bike ride

Join us today on a guided e-bike tour on the Waikato River Trail. The Waikato river trail offers great views and spectacular flora and fauna only found in New Zealand. We will bike the Karapiro section of the trail, which is 12km long, with an estimated trip time of 3 hours. The experienced guides will look after us for the duration of the trip. All equipment is provided, all you need to bring is closed footwear, a packed lunch and your water bottle. This trip has limited capacity and a moderate level of fitness is required.

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

COST: Club member $255.00, Non-member $260.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea, and bike hire.

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Thursday 22 April 2021 – Van Gogh Alive Exhibition

Today we travel to Auckland to view the Van Gogh Alive Art Exhibition at Spark Arena. Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive sets aside traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience. Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives, all contact-free and naturally socially distanced. After viewing the exhibition, there will be time available for you to purchase lunch in the city, prior to travelling home to Hamilton. This trip needs to be paid at the time of booking.
Departure times: LTT – 7.40am, TC – 7.50am, GAR – 8.00am, BRA – 8.10am, FLG – 8.20am, CHW – 8.30am
COST: Club member $155.00, Non-member $165.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Saturday 24 April 2021 – Jersey Boys at the Civic

Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – makes its long-awaited return to The Civic, Auckland, in April 2021 and Leisure Time Travel has your tickets to the show. The internationally acclaimed musical, seen by more than 26 million people worldwide, tells the story of how four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. Featuring hit after legendary hit including ‘Beggin’’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Oh What A Night’, ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and many more, Jersey Boys is a story full of heart, humour and ‘sheer musical razzamatazz’. Let Leisure Time Travel take the hassle out of driving up to Auckland and finding parking by travelling up in our coach.

Departure times: LTT – 9.30am, TC – 9.40am, GAR – 9.50am, BRA – 10.00am, FLG – 10.10am, CHW – 10.20am

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

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Wednesday 28 April 2021 – Scenic Drive

Today we will hop in the coach and just drive and enjoy the scenery as we go. There is nothing better than going for a drive on an autumn day. We are not restricted to time so it is a full day of leisure exploring the lower Coromandel Peninsula including Whiritoa and Whangamata. Please take a packed lunch today to enjoy at the beach.
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club member $70.00, Non-member $80.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Sunday 2 May 2021 – Van Gogh Alive Exhibition

A second date and opportunity to view the Van Gogh Alive Art Exhibition at Spark Arena. Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive sets aside traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience. Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives, all contact-free and naturally socially distanced. After viewing the exhibition, there will be time available for you to purchase lunch in the city, prior to travelling home to Hamilton. This trip needs to be paid at the time of booking.
Departure times: LTT – 7.40am, TC – 7.50am, GAR – 8.00am, BRA – 8.10am, FLG – 8.20am, CHW – 8.30am
COST: Club member $155.00, Non-member $165.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Sunday 16 May 2021 – Riverhaven Artland Sculpture Park

We journey today to Clevedon to visit Riverhaven Artland. Riverhaven Artland has a growing collection of permanent works by New Zealand Sculptors. The trail is made up of 3.5km of track with a tour duration of approximately 1-1.5 hour. The tour is suitable for most ages and abilities, a moderate level of fitness is required. Please wear suitable (preferably old) exercise shoes as this is also a sheep farm. We will stop for you to purchase lunch (own cost) in Clevedon, 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: Club members $95.00, Non-members $100.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Friday 21 May 2021 – Buffet Lunch at Nautilus Restaurant

Our travels today will take us over to Tauranga, for a delicious buffet lunch at Nautilus Restaurant. Their menu is regularly revised in tune with seasonal availability of fresh produce, with 50 different dishes to choose from. The menu includes fresh seafood such as oysters and prawns as well as selected fine meat cuts. The variety of the buffet selections is sure to leave you wanting to sample everything! Enjoy the fresh selection of seasonal vegetables and salads accompanied by mouth-watering sauces and dressings to add to your dining experience. Their cakes and slices are prepared fresh every day to ensure nothing but the best dessert selections. Choose from a wide selection of fresh fruit and cheeses as well as a variety of artisan breads. After our lunch, we take a drive around Mount Maunganui, before traversing over the Kaimai Ranges and back to Hamilton. Please advise the office if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Departure times: LTT – 9.00am, TC – 9.10am, GAR – 9.20am, BRA – 9.30am, FLG – 9.40am, CHW – 9.50am
COST: Club member $90.00, Non-member $95.00 per person.  Includes coach, morning tea and lunch.

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Thursday 27 May 2021 – Mystery Trip

Where to – who knows?  Something we all know is that everyone who travels on a mystery trip thoroughly enjoys themselves.  It’s that element of surprise that attracts us to the mystery. Come on join the fun.
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club member $85.00, Non-member $90.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and lunch.

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Wednesday 2 June 2021 – Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Today we travel north to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Hampton Downs is a world class Motorsport Park and Events Centre. Hampton Downs hosts a number of major motorsport events annually, attracting 1000s of racing fans to the circuit and is a world-class corporate event and conference venue. On arrival at Hampton Downs, we take the coach for a drive around the track. We will have a representative from Hampton Downs on board the coach to tell us about Hampton Downs and the various motorsport events that the track holds. After our track ride, there will be time to purchase lunch at the nearby café (own cost for lunch).
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club member $80.00, Non-members $85.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Friday 11 June 2021 – Auckland Historic Houses

Today we travel north to Auckland to visit two historic homesteads. Our first stop will be Alberton, one of the most loved historic houses in New Zealand. Built in 1863, Alberton began its life as a two-storey farmhouse. When the property was bequeathed to the public in 1972, the descendants left the house furnished with a treasure trove of original artefacts. Our second visit will be to Highwic House. A must-visit for lovers of history, architecture and gardens, this gothic mansion is the legacy of early colonial Alfred Buckland. It is one of New Zealand’s finest timber Gothic homes. We will stop in at Newmarket for you to purchase your lunch (own cost).
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club members $95.00, Non-members $100.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Sunday 20 June 2021 –  Pah Homestead & Wallace Arts Centre

We travel to Auckland to Pah Homestead & Wallace Arts Centre.  We’ll enjoy a guided introductory talk about the history of the Pah Homestead, the operations of the Wallace Arts Centre and their current exhibitions. Designed by architects Edward and Thomas Mahoney, the Homestead was the largest house in the Auckland province at the time. A picturesque farm landscape, including a series of gardens and tree lined driveways, was developed around the Homestead, the remnants of which can still be seen. The Homestead itself remains largely as it was built, with almost all of its original door and window joinery, elaborate ceiling roses, parquet floors and marble fireplaces intact. There will be time available for you to purchase lunch in the on site café (own cost for lunch).
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club member $80.00, Non-member $85.00 per person. Includes coach, morning tea and admission.

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Tuesday 29 June 2021 – Scenic Drive

Today we will hop in 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 winter’s day. We are not restricted to time so it is a full day of leisurely exploring. We will stop somewhere along the way 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: Club member $80.00, Non-member $85.00 per person. Includes coach and morning tea.

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Sunday 11 July 2021 – The Lion King Musical

Disney’s The Lion King will make its New Zealand premiere in 2021, making its home at Auckland’s Spark Arena this July.
The Lion King is a worldwide phenomenon that redefines the expectations of theatre. In over 100 cities across 20 countries, the onstage spectacular has been seen by more than 100 million people – making it the most successful musical in theatrical history. Join Leisure Time Travel on this wonderful day out with return coach transport from Hamilton. 
Departure times: LTT – 8.30am, TC – 8.40am, GAR – 8.50am, BRA – 9.00am, FLG – 9.10am, CHW – 9.20am
COST: Club member $225.00, Non-member $235.00 per person. Includes gold ticket to the show and return coach transport from Hamilton. 

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