‘Breaking-Out’ of Lockdown

Archer breakout of lockdown

We certainly are living in unprecedented times. During Lockdown, Archer Care established a Wellbeing Team with the primary aim of ensuring that our residents living in independent care were OK. This involved daily phone calls, weekly goody bags, grocery shopping and picking up of prescriptions. The phone calls were very much appreciated and helped fill in the long days for many.

Our Break-Out Parties were hosted by residents to express thanks to the Wellbeing Team and to celebrate ‘Breaking-Out’ of Lockdown. Each village did something a bit different but a combination of entertainment, thank you speeches, appreciation and delicious food was enjoyed by all.


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A cool trip to the Antarctic Centre

Archer Tours visit to International Antarctic Centre

Archer Tours are on the road again. A trip to the International Antarctic Centre was enjoyed by many. We even experienced the 4D movie – honestly we thought we were on the boat in the Antarctic (convincing bumping of the boat wind, snow and rain) lots of laughter or should I say nerves. We then enjoyed lunch at Raewood Fresh.


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Fudge factory visit

A group of residents recently visited Finns Fudge Factory to learn all about how fudge is made. Tasting was especially enjoyed and needless to say a few purchases were made.

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Archer Home’s Annual Pleasant Point Trip

Archer Home's trip to Pleasant Point

Every year Archer Home is invited to a BBQ tea at our general manager’s hut at Butler’s Crossing, Pleasant Point.

We head off just after lunch with a quick stop at McDonald’s in Ashburton for an ice-cream.

On arriving at the hut we all enjoy a quick cuppa before heading down to the river.

Then back to the hut for a BBQ tea where we also enjoy S’mores!

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Lake Tekapo trip


“You never know we may even get our zimmers out and start climbing Mt Cook!”

In 2017 Archer Rest Home and Retirement Village residents went to Lake Tekapo for 3 days in September and October – what a great way to throw away the winter ailments!

The following is a report from Sue, our Sales Manager:

“After many enjoyable Archer Tour day trips I was really looking forward to the Archer yearly “camping trip”. I was not disappointed.

Three vans left Archer early on a Tuesday morning in October headed for lunch at Caroline Bay in Timaru. We left Christchurch on a rather average drizzly morning and arrived in Timaru to a beautiful sunny day. Our picnic lunch lasted much longer than we had imagined due to a resident needing medical attention at the hospital. For the rest of us this meant that we all had time to smell the roses and enjoy the peace and good company in the beautiful gardens.

On arrival at Tekapo there was great excitement as we found our rooms and went for a lovely evening meal at the Godley Heads hotel.

Day two of our trip saw us going to Aoraki Mt Cook and the beautiful Hermitage. Leaving Tekapo it was once again a pretty grey day and I was not sure that we would even get to see New Zealand’s tallest and most famous mountain. Luck was shining on us again that day and on our arrival we could see very clearly Mt Cook in its full glory. We spent some time in the Sir Edmund Hillary gallery and were due to see an exhibition that we had waited an hour for only to be told it was cancelled for the day. I could not help thinking how blessed we were to have had all that time sitting under Mt Cook and its beauty and that this was the second time in two days we had paused to enjoy the beautiful world God has created for us.

On our third and final day we visited the Church of the Good Shepherd and then went to Mt John Observatory for morning tea and the most fantastic view overlooking the McKenzie country. The entire McKenzie country is an international dark sky reserve and the night sky from Tekapo is a great place to see the stars.

This trip was so much fun, full on and lots of laughs. I got to know the people I work with much better but most importantly to spend quality time with our dear residents and learn so much more about them.  Can’t wait until next year’s trip to Dunedin.

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