Award Winning New Zealand Self Drive Holidays & Tours
WELCOME TO FIRST LIGHT TRAVEL
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 Kiwiconsultants 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My home town Nelson is the gateway city to many tourist gems, amongst them the best day hike in the South Island. The 12.4 kilometer (7.5 mile) walk from Marahau to Anchorage is the start of the Abel Tasman National Park, which is one of the more popular Great Walks of New Zealand (completed in 3-4 days). Described as an easy four-hour walk on a gentle coastal trail, our merry band (a school trip of 11 and 12-year-old girls) set a cracking pace and easily took an hour off that estimate.
Are you interested in true adventure and wanting to get into a wilderness environment? If you are planning a holiday to New Zealand then you should seriously consider canyoning. The nature of this sport gets you into area’s very few get the privilege to visit. Think crystal blue pools, waterfalls and truly untouched virgin forests – and if you are fit and love adventure this could be perfect for you.
I am Alexandra, one of First Light Travel’s interns,. We decided to explore the beautiful Northland area just North of Auckland. Coming from Switzerland, I know all about majestic mountains and glaciers. therefore I wanted to experience something else New Zealand has to offer. Our weekend trip took us North to Whangarei and Matapouri where we discovered some amazing coastline, beaches and even a hidden mermaid pool.
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Jim LaJeunesse - 5 20 September
I have been working with Sofie to create an itinerary to see the North Island, and the north part of the South Island before getting on our bikes to ride for ten days from Christchurch to Queenstown. If the actual visit is as great as the experience of planning with a professional, this is going to be Epic.
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Damar Pracoyo - 5 28 August
I and a group of 5 friends traveled to NZ last March 2017, and Ms. Shelley from First Light Travel helped tailoring our itinerary to best-suit our interest.
Multiple email exchange, change of destination, modification of arrangement, she patiently helped us through all. We had an enjoyable 17 days exploring North and South island, one of the best trip ever. Best of success Ms. Shelley and First Light Travel.