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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!

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.  

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.   

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.

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

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.

Nigel Williamson

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Nigel has also been involved in tourism for over twenty years. 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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

Charley Hamilton-Lane

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Having travelled since a young age, Charley’s spark for travel began ever since she can remember and this inspired her to gain a Certificate in Travel and Tourism in 2019. Charley has lived in Auckland her entire life and is proud to call New Zealand home. In her spare time she enjoys going on road trips and taking in the beautiful scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Visiting more of the South Island is one of the top things to do on her bucket list. She is at her happiest when relaxing on a beach with breath taking views and a wine in hand. When at work she loves to research all the products that we offer at First Light Travel to make sure all of the information is up to date so that your holiday runs smoothly.

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.

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.

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.