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“Wonderful tour to Hobbiton!”
Review of Archer Tours

Archer Tours
Ranked #1 of 12 Tours in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

My colleague and I selected Archer tour from a plethora of available tours and hoped for the best. We were not disappointed! Jim (the owner) was easy to get in contact with and he more than accommodated our requests as regards time for departure, pick-up site etc. We were picked up at our accommodations, at a time of our choice. Our great guide/driver, Graham, was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable about all sites to and from Hobbiton. He took us to several sites both on the way there and back, which was lovely as we got to see the beautiful countryside. We stopped at beautiful locations and had plenty of time to take photos. We arrived at Shire's Rest about 15 minutes before our tour time of 11:15 am. Here we were met by our Hobbition tour guide, Hayden, for an informative 2 hour tour around the movie set location. Hayden gave us a lot of background information on the film and the set and helped people with photographs. It was interesting to hear details of how Hobbiton was made, and the many little detail issues that cropped up during filming. Before ending the Hobbiton movie set tour we stopped for a beer at the Green Dragon Inn (included in the price). It was also possible to have a bite to eat here, as they done various dishes such as pies, chips, scones and so on (not included in the price). Hobbiton delivers everything you expect and more. Graham took us back to Hamilton safely. This tour was well worth the time and price. It was a great tour all around!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

We used Jim and Archer tours twice in 15 years for a family trip of over 10 people. Jim's attitude, flexibility, kindness and humor made the long rides in the car much more enjoyable. his knowledge of the south island and history of NZ is remarkable. we went on a 12 days tour of the south island and thanks to Jim organisation and schedule were able to enjoy many locations. Jim had tailored the trip to our needs (4 young children) and ensured every stop was as memorable as the previous ones. definitely our preferred tour guys in NZ!!!! the Galezky Family

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank ElleCz
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Superbly organised tour. Good prior communications, so we knew exactly where to meet Jim Archer and his team. The group size was only 8, so quite informal. The trip itself was wonderful and the guide was both informative and entertaining. I would definitely recommend Archers Tours.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank nigelgroves
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

The tour guide's role is to drive us to the sites that we paid for and give us information on questions that we might have about the place. What our tour guide provided us with was warmth of having not just a tour guide but it was as if we gained a new friend during the trip.

There was never a dull moment during the more than an hour drive back and forth hobbiton, glow worm cave and hamilton. She even brought us to this local restaurant, where we had a good lunch.

I think we just met the friendliest tour guide, Julie, through this company.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank celine412
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Gordon and I hooked up with friends Graham and Jennifer who booked Jim for the almost 4 weeks of the Lions Tour ..
From the off, it was clear Jim was a top tour guide and a top man as well ..
Always prompt, Jim was friendly, knowledgeable about his pitch and full of stories and humourous banter .. Nothing was too much trouble ..
We all had a wonderful time and Jim orchestrated us maximising our time in New Zealand to the absolute limit .. We did not waste a minute wondering where to go and what to do .. Jim had all the answers ..
You will not be disappointed if you engage Jim Archer ..

Jimmy Armstrong
Ballater Scotland
July 2017

Date of experience: July 2017
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