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Jim and Pam Butchart
Jim Butchart
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Jim Butchart
Follow Jim and Pam's self-drive adventures on their New Zealand dream vacation, organised by our superstar travel specialist Jo. From Waiheke Island wineries to an unforgettable flight over Milford Sound, discover what they loved about road-tripping around the North & South Island. There's even a guest appearance from Huey Lewis!
Jim Butchart
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Jim Butchart

Binder Family
Colby Binder
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Colby Binder
Are you seeking inspiration for the ultimate New Zealand family holiday? Wouldn't it be great to read a genuine kid's-eye view of what New Zealand is REALLY like, in their own words? 12 year old Colby Binder and his family recently spent 27 days on a New Zealand self-drive adventure we created for them, and he documented the highs (and occasional lows) on his outstanding travel blog. Follow Colby as he hikes, zip-lines, cruises and mountain-bikes around the country with mom, dad and sister Sierra in tow.
Colby Binder
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Colby Binder

Mitch
Inke and Mitch
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Inke and Mitch
We are Michelle and Inke, we both are originally from Germany and came to New Zealand to do a five-month internship at First Light Travel for our Tourism management studies at home. After finishing this internship, we wanted to see more of the beautiful country and decided to travel to the South Island of New Zealand together. - The Dalai Lama once said, "Once a year go someplace you´ve never been before". This is our Mantra for this road trip, a trip we will never forget.
Inke and Mitch
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Inke and Mitch

Planning a New Zealand Self-drive Holiday
Alex
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Alex Bayes
Planning the perfect New Zealand self-drive holiday isn’t easy, especially if you have never visited before. Sure, there are an overwhelming number of online resources and reviews available to help you, but can you truly be sure that a reviewer’s idea of the perfect trip would be the same as yours? Before you know it, the amount of time you have spent researching online is longer than your annual leave! At First Light Travel we will take the stress out of planning, eliminate the guesswork, and de-sign a trip to surpass your expectations. Better still, our service is absolutely free. Let us help you plan your ultimate New Zealand self-drive tour.
Alex
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Alex Bayes

A keep left road sign shown on a New Zealand road
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor
It’s essential to know the road rules to keep safe when driving. When visiting New Zealand on holiday or on business, hiring a car or motorhome, you’ll need to be familiar with how our Road Code differs from the driving rules in your country. If you are planning a New Zealand self-drive holiday vacation, we recommend you read this article and partake on the various online 'Test Before You Leave' programme's - It pays to be prepared.
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor