Waikuku Beach BBQ

Archer Tours Waikuku Beach BBQ Day Trip

One lovely warm February day, Archer Tours took a trip out to the beach settlement of Waikuku, enjoying the ambiance of an original 1930’s bach and listening to Charlie sharing stories of the history of the bach and some of the shenanigans that went on there.

Following a good old kiwi BBQ and salad lunch, residents spent a few hours relaxing under the shade of the trees while some braved the hot sand and enjoyed a paddle and even a swim in the ocean – something some of them hadn’t done for years.

There was also a wee celebration for Sue (our Sales Manager) and Charlie as they look forward to their upcoming wedding.

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Victoria Clock Tower visit

Archer - Victoria Clock Tower Visit

A visit to town to visit the Victoria Clock Tower was enjoyed by a few residents recently.

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Thorrington’s Thursday morning coffee group

Thorrington's Thursday morning coffee group visit to Villa 23

Thorrington’s Thursday morning coffee group enjoyed a visit to a new cafe in Riccarton recently – Villa 23. We thoroughly enjoyed the yummy food and cosy environment!

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Orton Bradley Park visit

Archer Village Orton Bradley Park visit

Cold and wet weather didn’t deter residents and friends from enjoying a trip to Orton Bradley Park. We had shelter in the old School House and a cup of tea while the Ranger shared some history of the area.

It was lovely to go inside Canterbury’s oldest stone building – the Old Stone Cottage, which has been restored following the earthquakes. The rain held off as we walked through the beautiful Rhododendron Gardens, marvelling at the beautiful colours and smell of fresh rain.

Another successful Archer Tour!

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Pink Ribbon Party!

Archer's Pink Ribbon Event

Our Pink Ribbon event to raise breast cancer awareness raised over $609.00 across all sites. Didn’t everyone look lovely in their pink?

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Archer Tours Timaru Trip – What a Wonderful Time!

Archer Tours Timaru Trip 2020

What a wonderful time was had on Archer Tours 2020 Timaru trip!

Our base was in Timaru and some of the fun included a trip to Riverstone Castle and shops. We all enjoyed our tour around the castle and were in awe of the wonderful rooms with the most amazing furnishings, best china and tables set for royalty. We exited through a dungeon!

Enkledoovery Korna Wallaby Farm was another highlight – we wandered around the enclosures handfeeding the wallabies which were very tame. We loved holding the baby roos.

Visiting interesting places for lunch and morning tea and making new friends helped make a very successful trip overall.

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Halswell Quarry Park Outing

Archer residents visit Halswell Quarry

Spring has arrived – some of our residents enjoyed an outing to the Halswell Quarry recently.

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‘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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