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Archer Tours

Hamilton, New Zealand
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Explore New Zealand’s magical North Island on this 7-hour Tauranga shore excursion. See the golden sands of Mt Maunganui’s Marine Parade and stroll along Papamoa Beach as local fishermen haul in their catches. Learn about traditional Maori arts and crafts, culture and history in Te Puia, and watch a performance of the Maori war dance. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal valley, famous for its steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools, and admire New Zealand’s national bird in the Kiwi House.
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Michael K wrote a review Mar 2020
Louisville, Kentucky6 contributions
This is an all time favorite tour. Jim Archer knows the Maori culture and he is well respected among the Maori Cultural Center (Te Puia in Rotorua) staff. He gave us a refreshing education on Maori symbolism in their carving, weaving, music and rituals. I say "refreshing" because he was never long-winded and remained interesting throughout the day. He was familiar with the Geothermal Valley and its ever-changing image. The science of the geysers and practical uses of their heat were easy topics for Jim to explain. His easy-going demeanor and sense of humor added to a perfect day.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Archer Tours
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello Michael Thank you for your review, it is always lovely to hear how much travelers enjoy their tour with me. I think I have the best job in the world. I meet fantastic people from all over the world, drive them around my small corner of Paradise and talk to them all day. Oh I also show them very interesting sites and teach them a little about my Maori culture of course. Plus it is also fun hearing about your part of the world and the things you get up to as well. Take care of yourselves during this Virus pandemic. Jim Archer
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bredon wrote a review Mar 2020
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Jim Archer was an amazing guide. We saw the Maori Culture Center and it's school for those learning the culture and crafts. The Geo-thermal valley was incredible with its many geysers. Jim recommended a local lunch dish with chicken, corn, stuffing and sweet potatoes. It was delicious. We loved his sense of humor. In reply to his jokes, our comment to him was "your poor wife". Thanks for showing us your culture and a spectacular day!!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Archer Tours
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Thank you bredon52 for your review, it is always a fun day for me to show our overseas guests around my small corner of Paradise. I am so please you enjoyed your day. I hope you are both well and are able to escape from this lunacy the world is going through at present, hopefully someone will find the right answer soon. We are in complete lockdown here in NZ so my "poor wife" has me all to herself for the next month. Thank you again, stay safe out there. Jim Archer
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jcw2393 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We highly recommend this tour to the Maori Culture Center. The geo-thermal valley was fascinating, but for us the highlight was touring the Cultural Center and seeing the students there at work. We got our only look at kiwis there also! You’ll be happy with this tour!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Archer Tours
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello jcw2393 Thank you for your review. I agree with you 100%, the geo-thermal valley certainly is fascinating with the steaming geysers and boiling mud pools but the Maori Cultual Centre at Te Puia is always a highlight for my visitors. Here I can give you an understanding of my culture, show where we came from and explain to you how we adapted once the English arrived 1,000 years after we settled here. You get to take part in a traditional Maori welcome to the Marae, (village courtyard) watch an excellent Maori performance of traditional song and dance, plus visit the carving and weaving school to watch the students learning their craft. I believe this is the best place in New Zealand to learn about our Maori culture and to discover how we have become the best multi-cultural country in the world. Thank you again for your review, I a so pleased you enjoyed your tour with me. Stay safe around this world wide virus. Jim Archer
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oreotawny wrote a review Mar 2020
London, Canada68 contributions3 helpful votes
There were 4 of us travelling together and we were met with Jim at the cruise ship in Tauranga and travelled with 4 others in a small van. Jim was very informative, answering all our questions, pointing out interesting sights with a great sense of humour. We stopped at the beach at Papamoa and wondered how we could move there. In Rotorua Jim's tour of the Maori culture Centre was exceptional. He made sure we were all looked after and that we saw all the sights, mud pools, geo thermal pools and geysers. We saw the ceremony and performance of traditional Maori dancing and singing, wood carving, crafts and gift shop. Jim has personal knowledge that he relayed to us. Our stop at Capers restaurant was very good. Jim showed us around the town of Rotorua and made sure we were back in time for the evening. We would definitely recommend having Jim Archer as your guide.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Archer Tours
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello oreotawny Yes Papamoa Beach is a beautiful beach and quite often my passengers ask me if we really do need to leave it. However many people tell me that the highlight of their tour is their visit to Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Centre and geo-thermal valley because they learn so much about my culture, where we came from, how we arrived in New Zealand, how we adapted to the country and climate and also how we adapted once the English arrived here 1,000 years later to become the best example of a multi-cultural society in the world. I am so please you enjoyed your tour and I agree 100%, Small Groups are the way to go. We get to move around much quicker than large bus groups do, it is much easier for me to talk to you all and much easier for you to hear my explanations as we walk around. Plus I get to hear your stories, of your adventures and families. Thank you so much for your kind review. Jim Archer
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Scott A wrote a review Mar 2020
Cary, North Carolina40 contributions17 helpful votes
Our excursion with Jim Archer is a great reminder of why small private tours are such great values. We certainly had a full day as promised with visits to Rotorua and the Maori Cultural Center. Possibly the best part of our trip was our conversation with Jim about the people, history, and natural attractions that abound along the way. It really was more like a conversation than a lecture. Jim is of Maori descent and offered his special insight about his native heritage. We also had a nice lunch in a small cafe in Rotorua with Jim. The small van was clean and comfortable. Jim was a safe and professional driver. This was the first shore excursion in our cruise from New Zealand to Australia and it proved to be a great experience. Thanks very much to Jim for a great tour and for being an outstanding guide. Sincerely, Scott & Neal from North Carolina
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Archer Tours
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello Scott and Neal Thank you for your kind review. Yes this tour is a full day, usually departs around 8am and gets back to the port around 4pm. depending on what time your ship docks of course. Plus of course there are never more that 11-passengers at any one time, unless of course you have a large group of friends who wish to travel together, then I have access to a larger vehicle. I do like to keep my tours casual and friendly, so I don't like to keep talking non-stop just for the sake of talking. I am not a lecturer so casual conversation goes down much better I believe, plus this encourages you the passenger to get involved by asking questions and giving your opinions. So as well as you learning about my culture and the New Zealand way of life, I get to learn about where you come from and how you do things in your part of the world. I have a pretty cool job, driving around talking to people all day long. Thank you again for your kind review. Jim Archer
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