We love this country and that’s why we live here! Our New Zealand team of friendly Travel Professionals have been creating holidays since 2001 – and we are pretty good at it! So if you want an unforgettable holiday, that not only surpasses your expectations but also eliminates all the guessing and hard work, then talk to one of our team today – We are there with you all the way!

Read our reviews and find out why our guests just love what we do!

Elizabeth Marshall

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Since graduating from university, Elizabeth has now found her true calling “New Zealand Tourism” Born in the central South Island she has an understandable love for the great outdoors and a true passion when it comes to helping people discover our wonderful Country. Elizabeth takes great pride in ensuring our team has the latest information to showcase the very best New Zealand has to offer and fits in perfectly to run First Light Travel’s Customer Services.   

Steve Taylor

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After 4 years running other peoples trucks, Steve established his own successful African overland safari company, overseeing operations and logistics between London and some of the most challenging terrain in travel that there is. In 2003, twenty one years later, Stephen returned to New Zealand and is now using his expertise as First Light Travel's Operations Manager.

Amelia Riwai

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Having travelled extensively living and working overseas as a ‘Flying Winemaker’ Amelia now calls the beautiful grape growing region of Hawke’s Bay home.  When Amelia’s not busy creating another amazing adventure she can be found running (after her 3 children!), practicing pilates, cooking up a storm and of course sipping a glass of New Zealand Wine. Rediscovering her love of the pristine beauty of New Zealand in travels with her family, ensures others benefit from a ‘trip of a lifetime’ planned for them with precision.

Kasey Yee

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Kasey has had a love for travel ever since she can remember. She has travelled to and from Australia more times than she can count – although still claims to be a Kiwi! As well as Australia, she has also explored much of the Pacific Islands and Asia. With a passion for adventure and discovering new destinations, Kasey looks forward to helping you plan a holiday you will never forget!

Nigel Williamson

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Nigel has also been involved in tourism for over a decade. Working as a tour guide in Africa, Nigel literally enjoyed it so much that he decided to run the company - becoming the London based Operations Manager. After completing his MBA and spending three years as a Management Consultant, Nigel felt it was time to get back to the good life - travel!

Michelle Srzich

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Michelle’s love of travel began as an exchange student in the USA back in her teens, and since then she has travelled across the globe and worked in the travel industry for over twenty years. Michelle is very excited to now be back living in New Zealand and promoting this beautiful country as a travel destination.  As a mother of three intrepid young travellers she loves to take her family exploring the wonderful sights and experiences that New Zealand offers.

Sofie Liu

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Sofie says traveling is an essential part of life as a form of celebration, learning and lifestyle. As an experienced independent traveller, she finds it the best way to explore the local customs and people. A lover of all ocean-related activities and an adventurer at heart, Sofie is eager to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of New Zealand, giving you the unique experience of a lifetime that nothing can replace.

Rhodri Howell

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Having explored the world, Rhodri knew he was home when he landed in New Zealand. He has a wealth of first hand experience - from a Milford Sound helicopter lifting off from luxury lodge Blanket Bay, rafting a 20 foot high waterfall - to the pitfalls of stranding a campervan on a remote Coromandel beach (he can give you the local tow guy’s number). Let Rhodri tailor a New Zealand journey for you. 

Suzie Thorp

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Suzie is a proud Kiwi who has travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand and is still awestruck by the beauty and range of activities on offer. With fifteen years previously in the wine industry, and a ‘foodie’ by nature, she has a wealth of insider hot tips on how best to savour New Zealand. Is happiest sitting in a hot tub with a spectacular view following an epic hike, and sipping on a craft beer.

Chrissy Sun

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Life is all about enjoying it to the max! Its all about family & friends, good food & wine and experiencing as much of the world as possible! Chrissy has a young family, is an avid photographer and has traveled extensively internationally & domestically. She appreciates how lucky New Zealanders really are. “We have it all in our backyard!”

Dmitry Piven

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Dmitry has been in travel industry since 1992. He started out in Russia as a guide for American travellers. In 2004 Dmitry finally settled in New Zealand. Since this time he has explored every corner of the country, either with clients or with his own family. Fishing, caving, rafting, walking, quad biking and doing the world’s highest bungee (134m) are amongst the activities he enjoys most.

Deb Evans

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After 14 years travelling throughout Africa, South America and Europe, including time spent as tour leader, Deb returned to settle back into kiwi life in 2004. Deb has stayed in travel, as a specialist in group and independent custom trips for visitors to New Zealand.  Debs loves travel! New Zealand's amazing array of activities and wonderfully friendly people are world class, so a weekend away touring with friends and family is a favourite pastime.

Judith Pohn

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Judith comes from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In 2004 she set out on a world trip, visiting all continents and finally arriving in New Zealand. After an 8 month road trip, claiming to have travelled every road at least once, she decided to stay in what she believes is the most beautiful country in the world. Judith says living here still feels like one continuous holiday - as soon as she steps outside, or even glances out a window!

Shelley Kirk

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Bitten by the travel bug when she started in the travel industry at the tender age of seventeen, Shelley has since travelled extensively throughout the world. Whilst in the USA, she worked for several major companies specialising in travel to NZ and Australia. Now settled in the sunny Bay of Plenty with two junior All Blacks in the making, Shelley looks forward to helping you experience the best New Zealand has to offer.

Anne Baumscheiper

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A seasoned travel professional originating from Germany, Anne loves New Zealand’s fascinating landscapes and can’t decide which area has impressed her the most (so far) – Abel Tasman and the West Coast are definitely on the top list as well as Cape Reinga. Loving city life and the great outdoors  she can be found all over the place  when she is not in the office. Her biggest adventure here in New Zealand so far was learning how to dive and caving the “Lost World”. 

Brent Narbey

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Brent has been involved in tourism for over twenty years. He owned an agency in London for 7 years (Global Connect Travel) running `high end' adventure tours in East Africa and diving holidays in the Red Sea, along with other activities and destinations around the world. Currently attempting to mountain bike all the back country tracks he can find and living to tell the tale!

Christine Goodger

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With more than 30 years experience in the travel industry, there are not many places in New Zealand Christine hasn’t seen. She is passionate about sharing her love of the country and loves the challenge of putting together unforgettable trips. A keen traveller herself, vacations are spent exploring new destinations.  

Melissa Rauner

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Melissa has been selling New Zealand as a destination to overseas travellers for over 30 years. We are so lucky in New Zealand - we really do have it all here.  From rolling mountains to glaciers to windswept beaches and just about everything in between!
From a long motorhome tour of the South Island with my husband to shorter stints in the North Island with our two children, from Stewart Island to Cape Reinga - I love to explore New Zealand and am excited to help people discover our backyard and why Kiwis consider themselves so lucky to live here!
 

Toni Harris

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Toni has always been proud to call New Zealand her home. Born and bred in New Zealand she is still constantly awe-struck at the country’s beauty. She loves nothing more than roughing it in the outdoors camping with her fishing rod. Back in her early 20’s she headed off to explore new destinations, from South East Asia, to Europe and Australia. The U.S.A still being on her bucket list where she’s told the best craft beer is made! After settling in back home she started re-exploring her own back yard again. Getting off the beaten track is her only destination in mind when travelling through New Zealand which is why she ends up finding herself in the most stunning locations ever imagined. She believes that it’s her mission to share her knowledge of this fascinating country with like-minded people from all over the world.

Shirin Hutcheson

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I migrated to NZ in 2002 from India to complete my Diploma in Travel & Tourism. I lived in Sydney Australia for the last 4 years and returned to NZ in 2016. I have travelled to USA/Europe and also within India & NZ extensively. Living and working in NZ & Australia I have always loved travelling and love visiting local farmer markets its something I enjoy most during my travels as we get to meet the locals, taste local food and also helps me feed my hunger for food photography. It gives me great satisfaction to work within this industry. 

Narissa Phipps

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Upon completion of her degree in the UK, Narissa embarked on a round the world trip landing in New Zealand for the first time in 2014. Falling in love with the endless natural beauty and kiwi culture she now proudly calls New Zealand home. Using her unique experience as both a tourist and a local, Narissa now dedicates her time to personally curate the dream itinerary guaranteed to create memories of a lifetime.  

Anatholy Pangan

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Anatholy’s vast experiences in the hospitality industry makes him a perfect fit for his accounts role at First Light Travel.  Being in the tourism industry for more than a decade in Dubai, the middle east tourism capital of the world.  Anatholy also loves travelling and has travelled in some countries in Asia like Thailand, Hongkong, China and Philippines and would now want to explore the beautiful New Zealand and Australia.  He believes that everybody needs a break from work and travelling is one of the most enjoyable and an unwinding escape from a busy work place.

Natalie DeCaro

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Natalie is Canadian born (Vancouver Island), has lived in USA, Australia and New Zealand has been home now for the last 15 years.  After travelling the country extensively she has settled in the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka and makes the most of the natural surroundings out hiking or horse riding in her spare time.  Natalie was a tour guide for many years and loves helping you make the most of your time and discovering hidden gems around New Zealand

Floyd Narbey

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After graduating from his Business Studies course in Paris, Floyd swapped European city living for a laid-back Kiwi lifestyle… and he hasn’t looked back. Beginning as a trainee, his passion for New Zealand Tourism has brought him on board with First Light Travel full-time as our Assistant Website Publisher, keeping up the flow of high-quality content on our site. Having extensively travelled Northland and the Bay of Islands, he hopes to head south soon to see more of New Zealand’s stunning attractions for himself.

Caroline Screen

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Auckland born and bred, Caroline’s love of travel was inspired by her parents journeys on their way to settle in New Zealand in the 1960’s. They instilled in her a passion for discovering new places and she grew up holidaying all over New Zealand before venturing off on her own ‘O.E.‘ to discover the world. Settling back home she’s continued travelling to all corners of the country and finding the best places to watch the sun set with a glass of wine in hand. Having worked for many years in customer service and in the operations side of tourism she’s bringing those skills, and experiences into her Product Manager role for us.

Therese Tantuico

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After practicing her nursing career in the Philippines, Therese ventured off to becoming an air hostess for one of the world’s best airlines for over 4 years. There, she was able to develop her love and passion for the travel and tourism industry. Having travelled to 60 countries, and being the go-getter that she is, she decided to pursue her passion and now calls New Zealand home. Therese especially loves the water and is keen on immersing herself in local culture and experiences wherever she goes, and is very much looking forward to exploring more of New Zealand herself! After earning her Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management in Auckland, she is now ready to share her wealth of knowledge and experiences with what New Zealand has to offer.  

Natasya Zambri

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Ambitious Natasya Zambri comes from Malaysia, worked her way to earn scholarship and pursue dreams in New Zealand because NZ is her initials and destiny. A recent graduate from the University of Auckland majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law but aspire to be a business woman. Lived in Shanghai for 5 years and started travelling at a very young age. Enjoys travelling, baking and writing poetries and so believes New Zealand is the best place to do all three. The environment has really given her new and exclusive exposure, perspectives and endless possibilities. 

Michelle Perrin

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Born and bred in New Zealand Michelle loves to travel and believes in the saying, “Don't leave home until you've seen the country”.  She has travelled the length and breadth of NZ, in the early years by motorbike but more recently has traded her bike for a Campervan.  Her favourite holiday involves meeting the locals and finding a beach or bush walk to enjoy the joys of nature and then discussing all of the above over a wine at the end of the day.  After having worked in the IT industry for 30 years Michelle now focuses on making First Light Travel's systems even better.

Salli Smith

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Salli’s love of travel first came about when she started studying her degree which allowed her to travel extensively through Australasia. While born and raised in Auckland, Salli has spent the last 4 years down South in Wanaka. Living on both islands, she has had time to explore both and with her broad knowledge of the country, you can be rest-assured that she will help to guide you through a memorable journey. Her passion for the travel and to continually develop will ensure that your travel process is well prepared and smooth sailing from the moment you begin. Tell Salli your bucket list goals and she will ensure to find the best way to include them in your trip.