A trip to Geraldine

Archer Tours trip to Geraldine

A recent trip to Geraldine started with a stop at the Book Barn, Ashburton, followed by morning tea at the Ashford Store and Craft Shop.

We enjoyed wandering around Geraldine, doing a spot of shopping and enjoying lunch.

There was a rather strong wind, but we did enjoy seeing the countryside and spring lambs.

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Archer Tours Mystery Trip

Archer Tours Mystery Trip

Archer Tours Mystery Trip is always a fun time with people trying to guess where we are heading off to.

This year our first stop was The Shirley Community Centre where Jane told us about the great things they are doing in the Shirley community which was very encouraging. Next stop Christchurch City Mission – what a wonderful organisation meeting needs of people in Christchurch – please consider giving them a donation towards their tireless work.

Lunch was at The George where we got well looked after and had a wee rest. We learnt about Belgium chocolate at de Spa Chocolatier and a few of us were tempted to purchase some goodies for later.

Our final stop was at the New Brighton Museum where Peggy gave us an interesting talk, we shared some of our memories of early New Brighton, enjoyed looking at the memorabilia and watching the slide show.

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High Tea at Riccarton House

Archer Tours - High tea at Riccarton House

Archer Tours trip to Riccarton House included a lovely afternoon tea and a very interesting talk hearing stories about early European settlers of Canterbury, William and John Deans and John’s long distance love affair and eventual marriage to Jane.

After the tragic death of John, Jane decided to stay in Canterbury and look after the estate until her son John was old enough to take over.

It was lovely to see some of the timber from the property crafted into fittings for the house, be amongst trees between 400 and 600 years old and take a step back in time into the original cottage built in 1843.

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Scenic Tranzalpine train journey to Arthur’s Pass

Archer Tours Tranzalpine train Arthur's Pass panoramic view

It was an early start, but a few hearty souls braved the frosty conditions and hopped aboard the warm carriages of the Tranzalpine Train to enjoy the picturesque journey to Arthur’s Pass.

There wasn’t a lot of snow but the white frost, icy puddles and low-lying cloud against the snow-capped mountains made for some beautiful winter scenery.

Lunch was enjoyed in Arthur’s Pass followed by a drive to the Viaduct Lookout, then it was back to Christchurch in the Archer vans.

Overall, the general consensus was it was well worth the early start to the day and everyone slept well that night!

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Colonial Museum Trip

Archer Tours Rangiora Colonial Museum Trip

Archer tours recently paid a visit to the Northbrook Colonial Museum in Rangiora. The owner, retired dairy farmer, Richard Spark, kept everyone entertained by asking us to guess what various gadgets were used for. We were fascinated by the multitude displays of just about everything you can imagine from bygone years. There were lots of exclamations and excitement as various objects brought back treasured memories from decades ago. Richard prepared afternoon tea for everyone and lots of reminiscing continued over a cuppa.

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Day trip to Akaroa

Archer Tours Akaroa day trip

Archer Tours recent trip to Akaroa was a fun-filled day with wonderful weather. It was lovely to take in the beautiful surroundings and engage in a bit of frivolity. Good behaviour was rewarded with ice-creams!

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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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Mona Vale visit

Archer Village residents Mona Vale day trip

An outing to Mona Vale was enjoyed by some of our Larch residents recently. The gardens were beautiful.

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The Old Vicarage visit

Archer's Thorrington Village visit to The Old Vicarage

Some of our Thorrington residents recently enjoyed an out to The Old Vicarage. It looks like they had a lot of fun!

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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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Art Gallery trip

Archer Village trip to Christchurch Art Gallery

A recent trip to the Art Gallery was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went. It was lovely to drive into town and admire the art.

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