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“Glorious NZ with Jim Archer”
Review of Archer Tours

Archer Tours
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Glorious NZ with Jim Archer”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We spent 8 glorious days in NZ. The entire trip was leisurely and very informative thanks to Jim. Throughout our stay Jim provided top notch quality service and took us to many places that we would not have had the opportunity to stop off and look had we opted to take the usual large organized tours - (Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula - Tauranga - Rotorua - Taupo - Auckland).

We covered and did a lot of things in the short duration of the trip and it never felt rushed. The entire pace of our trip was just right.

Throughout the trip there were frequent stops at offbeat areas that offered spectacular views and Jim's local knowledge and his ability to engage with the group was very impressive.

We hope to visit NZ again in a few years this time - South Island and we will definitely use Jim's services again.

Jim the kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly and still ask about you.

Visited December 2012
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Canberra, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Great tour excellent tour guide”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Our tour to Rotorua was excellent. Jim was a great host and very knowledgable. The tour was on time, as described and good value. Thank you Jim!

Visited December 2012
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Michigan
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“The real New Zealand”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

A group of 10 of us from the cruise ship Millennium took a tour with Jim in Tauranga. We could not have been happier. Jim is incredibly efficient and knowledgable, and we saw the real culture of the area. While other tours, including some privately booked ones, took their people to the tourist sites, Jim took us to places that were not filled with buses of people. He arranged the tour so that we avoided the crowds, and the Maori experience that we had, unlike everyone else, was real. There are two villages, as I understand it..the one one that the tours take you to, where the ceremony is staged outside the meeting hall...and the one we went to where we experienced an actual ceremony in the Maori meeting hall. Jim took us to a special guide there who got us into a side door so that we did not have to fight for seats like others. The entire day was an incredible experience and I could not recommend Archer more highly. If you are booking a tour in Tauranga, this should be your choice..and if you are on a cruise ship..you'll see far more, for less money, and there is no concern about getting back in time for the ship's departure, as Jim is well aware of the time frame and the need to get back. Highly recommend.

Visited November 2012
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Wollongong, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Jim Archer Tours”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We booked this Rotorua Tour before we left Australia. This was one of the best things we have done. The tour was a great experience with jim proving to be a knowledgable and eloquent guide.
unlike some guides, jim stayed with us with a full commentary on all we were seeing. all entry fees were included and we were able to pay by cash or card when he delivered us back to the ship. I would definitely recommend this tour as far and away better and less expensive than the on shore excursions available from the ship.

Visited November 2012
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4 attraction reviews
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“Excellent tours Tauranga/Rototura and in Auckland”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is the first time we've ventured out not using cruise ship excursions and were we thrilled that we did. Jim Archer delivered everything promised and more. Touring was so much nicer in a small group with individual questions being answered and moving at a pace suiting the group. We learned so much more about the country, the Maori heritage and life in these beautiful places. Would definitely recommend Jim and his services as the only way to see New Zealand.
Tours in Tauranga/ Rototura and Auckland November 2012.

Visited November 2012
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