Kia Ora

Welcome to New Zealand

Since 2001 we’ve been helping visitors plan their dream New Zealand vacations. Allow us the privilege of creating your very own customised New Zealand tour itinerary, it begins by you filling out our enquiry form.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer unique New Zealand self drive tours and privately guided tours tailored to your interests. We also have a exciting selection of hassle free, all-inclusive Group Tours.

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.


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!

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

Brent and Nigel image


Rhodri on a heli-hike in the South Island
Elizabeth Marshall NZ
Dmitry hiking in National Park.

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.


Featured Articles

Facebook Reviews

Marcus Robertson'a avatar.

20 March

We recently returned from a month-long driving tour of New Zealand that was a great success due to First Light Travel and Shelley Kirk. Our tour was based on The Grand New Zealand Self Drive Tour (26 days), which Shelley extended to accommodate extra activities we requested on the advice of two New Zealand ex-pats, one of whom is a travel agent. She arranged a mix of accommodations that included cottages, B&Bs, boutique hotels, resorts and “regular” hotels. All of our accommodations were very good, and we especially liked the boutique hotels, lodges and B&Bs. We had several pre-arranged activities that kept us comfortably busy and Shelley provided lots of suggestions for additional activities. We particularly enjoyed the Kauri Museum, the Maori Cultural Experience, the Elm Wildlife Tour and the Milford Sound Nature Cruise - Fly/Cruise/Fly tour. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend First Light Travel and Shelley Kirk to anyone who is considering a trip to New Zealand.

Marcus and Sue Robertson, Adolphustown, Ontario, Canada

Rosy Roz'a avatar.

17 March

We felt so blessed that our 1st email to First Light Travels reached Shelley.

Shelley was very prompt and attentive to our honeymoon ideas from day 1. She kept the itineary within our interest and most importantly, our budget!

There wasnt any presssure at all.

It was our 1st NZ self drive trip and Shelley made it very very easy for us.

We managed to visit most of her suggested activites along the way and had ample rest in between drives.

We would like to thank Shelley for creating wonderful memories for us!

We will visit NZ again with the help if First Light Travel :)

Jayanth Kulkarni'a avatar.

17 March

Kia Ora -

From hassle free booking till return of rented car the journey was amazing . our travel coordinator Deb evans was amazing throughout our journey in New Zealand . We thoroughly enjoyed each and every moment I. newzealand .

cheers for that 👌👌

Brittany Bean'a avatar.

15 March

Our consultant Shelley was fabulous throughout and made an itinerary that met everything we wanted to do in two weeks. We had a jam packed itinerary, full of adrenaline activities and she did a fantastic job fitting everything in and coordinating enough time for us in between to get to everything. The accomadations were spot on and enjoyable and the whole trip was planned within our given budget. The company presented us a great package with vouchers that made the whole trip flawless. Even when there was a hiccup due to a road closure, Shelley was on top of it and notified us three days in advance. We also had a change to one of our activities which we were notified of and booked into something similar in no time. Over all I would highly recommend this company for a self drive tour of New Zealand. No hassle and minimum planning on your part so one can just enjoy the experience.

Susie Nelson'a avatar.

13 March

Thank you Jo for putting together a wonderful itinerary for our holiday to the South Island in record time! I had forgotten the benefits of working with a travel agent and in this instance your knowledge and experience were invaluable. Will definitely be in touch again for our next trip.

Click through to our Facebook page *Independent guest reviews live from facebook