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Welcome to First Light Travel - your gateway to premiere New Zealand self drive tour or small group experiences. We create customised New Zealand self drive tours and holidays around your preferences & budget - at no cost to you!

Since 2001, travelers have trusted First Light Travel to customise itineraries that deliver the latest and greatest New Zealand experiences on offer.  

Our friendly kiwi consultants listen to you and design unique holidays. You can also choose from our tried and tested tours - hassle-free happiness in our land down under.

As the only award-winning, adventure travel company in New Zealand that is also a Licensed Travel Agent, we can book flights into New Zealand and organise travel insurance.


Winner of Outside Magazine's 'Trip of the Year' Award, for the Oceania Category.

Outside Magazine awarded us the 'Trip of the Year'. You won't be in better hands, so let us plan your New Zealand trip of a lifetime!

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Plan Your Kiwi Adventure

One of our friendly New Zealand-based travel specialists will customise your New Zealand tour within 24 hrs. Completely FREE of charge!

Contact our team for a free Itinerary

Popular Ways to Experience New Zealand


Experience a New Zealand self drive holiday, that not only surpasses your expectations but eliminates all of the guesswork.  Even better, this itinerary planning service is absolutely free when you book with us. 


Our hassle-free New Zealand coach tours are a relaxing way to take in the full beauty of New Zealand. Everything is taken care of including pre-booked accommodation, sightseeing activities, the comfort of a luxury coach and the friendly services of our team.


The benefits of a small group tour are more leisure time, a flexible itinerary, and unique dining and travel experiences.  Small group tours allow you to venture on alternative routes to the large coach tours.


Our carefully selected hiking tours give you access to the most exciting volcanic and coastal regions in our National Parks and Reserves.  For those wanting an authentic experience of pure and pristine wilderness.


Small group adventure tours cater to our clients who want to explore New Zealand’s most beautiful wilderness areas and who have a real passion for actively experiencing ‘The Great Outdoors’.


Enjoy flexibility and privacy when touring New Zealand in the capable hands of our exceptional local guides. We use the best operators to enhance your travelling experience, in areas of our country that the larger group coach tours can't go.


Planning your New Zealand holiday around the many Lord of the Rings movie locations will give you an excellent starting point for your itinerary, incorporating a fantastic mix of all that New Zealand has to offer. 


Your search for that idyllic honeymoon or romantic destination ends here. New Zealand is the ultimate “ends of the earth” place to escape from everyday life. With tranquil yet breathtaking scenery, premium hideaway lodges, and unique experiences - you will build memories to treasure.

Who are we

First Light Travel is owned and operated by Brent Narbey and Nigel Williamson. Adventurers themselves, with more than a few travel stories of their own, they know the ins and outs of travelling both in New Zealand and around the globe. Both are absolute travel professionals with a lifetime in the industry, which means you couldn’t be in safer hands!

Backed by a dedicated team of passionate New Zealand based travel specialists, we guarantee to deliver the holiday of a lifetime.

Brent and Nigel are supported by a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable New Zealand based travel specialists.

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New Zealand Travel is Better With Us

Complete our Enquiry Form and within 24 hours you will receive the first cut of your customised Self Drive New Zealand Holiday Itinerary from your own personal travel consultant.

Your consultant will then work with you to refine your itinerary so that it meets your needs perfectly.

Find out what we can do for you.


We are the only New Zealand travel agency with Enigma, a powerful system storing over 20,000 hand picked New Zealand products & tours.

With the expertise of our travel specialists, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in a New Zealand Holiday.


Work with your own personal Kiwi Travel Specialist, from start to finish. Benefit from their local knowledge and expertise so you get exactly what you are looking for in a New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary or Private Tour.

Don't forget our service is COMPLETELY FREE. So your holiday wouldn't cost you any more than if you booked everything yourself.


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Nancy Gilbertson'a avatar.
20 May

We used First Light Travel to connect us to Great Pacific Tours out of Australia. The trip was a coach tour of New Zealand with a delightful group of Aussies and Brits. We were the only Americans. It was fabulous! The bus driver and our tour guide were so knowledgeable, professional, friendly, helpful -- there aren't enough positive adjectives to describe them. It was an experience of a lifetime.

Jayme Butts-Hall'a avatar.
18 May

I found First Light Travel when I searched "New Zealand Itineraries" and I'm so glad I did! We traveled in April/May of 2017, and found First Light Travel in late January/early February 2017. We worked closely with Chrissy Sun, who made the whole process - from booking our flights, to our excursions, to our accommodations - a stress-free process. This was our first international trip and she gladly answered all of our questions about traveling abroad and provided very helpful information about New Zealand in general. We let Chrissy know when we could leave, when we needed to be back, and when we needed to be in Rotorua to run a marathon and she handled the rest. Our itinerary was easy to follow. The voucher system was easy to use and made getting checked in for our excursions so easy. Once we arrived in New Zealand we were so excited to see our well thought out itinerary in action. The outfitters selected by Chrissy were great to work with and helped provide an unforgettable experience. We were in New Zealand for 20 days and Chrissy made sure that we did as many of the things on our wishlist as possible. We had fun at every turn and find it hard to pick a favorite!

Terrie Azevedo'a avatar.
9 May

I worked with Chrissy Sun at First Light Travel for our once in a lifetime trip to New Zealand. She worked with me, with great patience and understanding, for several weeks to insure our trip was exactly what we wanted. It was indeed the trip of a lifetime. New Zealand is the most amazing country I've visited. We stayed in smaller places - cottages, bed and breakfasts, etc - and could not have been happier with our choices. We self drove and while it could be a little challenging at times, I definitely recommend as it affords so much flexibility. Thank you First Light for making our dreams come true!

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