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Since 2001, travellers have trusted First Light Travel to deliver itineraries that exceeded their expectations. We are your gateway to premiere New Zealand self drive and group touring experiences. 

Choose from one of our many ‘Tried and Tested’ itineraries or have one of our friendly Kiwi consultants design a unique holiday just for you. If you prefer we can also arrange the flexibility and privacy of travelling around New Zealand with your own personal driver guide.

We offer great value for money regardless of your budget and guarantee your holiday will surpass your expectations. Don’t take our word for it take a look at our Independent Guest Reviews.


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


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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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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.


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Facebook Reviews

Anne Graves'a avatar.
20 April

Many thanks to Jo Taylor of First Light Travel for planning our 7-week tour of New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. We told Jo our travel preferences and interests and she handled everything from flights, transfers, and accommodations to specific activities at each stop. We had a detailed itinerary to follow with plenty of exploratory time included for things of interest we passed along the way. Great Job! We had the time of our lives!!

Maureen Gregg'a avatar.
14 April

Couldn't have asked for a better trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary! Our guide-driver Brent was wonderful! He was informative and had a great sense of humor. Additionally, Brent made everything extremely easy for us travelers. Like clockwork we arrived and departed each stop; no stress, just enjoyment.

Abi Tam'a avatar.
11 April

We were a party of 9 (age range from 4.5 to 67yo) and Jo made our trip absolutely an experience we will not forget! It was a holiday indeed! Super stress-free and because we had no expectations, everything exceeded our expectations! Jo made it a really amazing trip to the South Island of New Zealand as we drove from Christchurch to Queenstown stopping by Mt Cook to see the Glacier Lake, Lake Wanaka to explore the area around it as well as the Puzzling World, Te Anau to see the glow worm caves and visit Milford Sound and finally stopping at beautiful Queenstown before flying back to Christchurch. The accommodations were all super as well. Jo listened to all our needs and planned everything according to what we wanted. If only we had more time to visit.... but that will only mean we have to come back to NZ again! Thanks Jo for the amazing experience! You have been fab and was so professional of you in all our email communications!

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