Reviews of New Zealand & Australia Self Drive Tour


Denise and Dennis Riley

13 Apr 2023

Working with First Light was wonderful. They custom built our trip to New Zealand and Australia and followed through with all of our requests. Their correspondence once prompt and working with Michelle was a joy. We chose to visit New Zealand for 2 weeks and Australia for one week. We let Michelle know our thoughts of what to visit and she put together an itinerary for us. We were able to blend our own planning with some of her professional thoughts. FirstLight set up our car rental and our hotels and some of our tour packages. All of these plans went smoothly once on our trip. I highly recommend using this company for your New Zealand and Australia adventures.”


Denise and Dennis Riley (USA)


Barbara and Timothy Orourke

United States of America
12 Apr 2020

We had the pleasure of working with Toni who planned a perfect trip for us! We gave her an idea of what we wanted to do and she came up with our awesome itinerary.
 We enjoyed all the trips that were planned for us. We especially appreciated that we were able to weave some free time into each of the locations we visited. It helped to make our adventure so personal to our needs.
First and foremost I have to compliment Toni on the choice of accommodations. They were all just perfect for the locations and our needs. All of them had kitchen facilities and in room/or on property laundry. All were perfectly located to what we wanted to do. 

For example we were planning on hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park and we could walk to the park's entrance from our chalet, which was just fantastic.

First Light Travel was very responsive when we had to cancel the last 5 days of our trip due to COVID-19. We appreciated how quickly they got back to us.
All in all we would say that our adventure to Australia and New Zealand was everything we hoped for and more. We know that Toni and First Light Travel helped to make it happen.

We cannot wait to come back to New Zealand. We will certainly have First Light Travel plan our trip.

Barbara and Timothy Orourke - United States of America


Bobbi & Lance Murray

27 Jan 2020

First Light Travel provides excellent service! We planned our NZ and AU itineraries with their assistance and both trips have been amazing. We had multiple flights and destinations planned and our consultant was kind, courteous, and very quick to notify us immediately of any changes to the itinerary. Our trip was hassle free and so enjoyable. We will definitely continue using their services for any future tours their agency covers. Highly recommend!

Bobbi & Lance Murray – USA


Patricia and Steven Aboud

16 Dec 2019

First Light Travel created our trip of a lifetime. It was a 2 month vacation in New Zealand and Australia, and had many different activites, accommodations, travel arrangements and scheduling. Everything about our trip went well, with not one single glitch.

Patrica & Steven Aboud – Canada


Joelle Moorman and Dylan Cullimore

13 Nov 2019

First Light Travel was hands down the best company that I have ever worked with! They were so accommodating to every email. They called me several times on their dime just to get to know me and my holiday desires better. They worked with me countless hours to develop the perfect itinerary. Their services didn't cost us a penny! They even mailed us our itineraries in addition to emailing them and had a bag of maps for us at our accommodation in case our GPS didn't work. If you are going to Australia or New Zealand, and you don't use First Light Travel, you are nuts.

Joelle Moorman and Dylan Cullimore - USA


Greg & Cindy McMullen - NZ & OZ

Texas USA
07 Feb 2019

Amelia at First Light Travel far exceeded our expectations planning our trip. She personalized our trip around our bucket list of going to the Australian Open, NZ fly fishing and a self-drive tour of the North and South islands. What wonderful memories!

Greg & Cindy McMullen – Texas USA


Yc and Jingyuan Luo OZ/NZ

01 Jan 2019

Hi Shelley,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in New Zealand also! On behalf of the crew, I would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to you and your team!

We very much enjoyed the tours you selected. My wife had concerns about the hotel room in Mt Cook as she thought it was a “motel”. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that you booked a Chalet! The room was nice and clean, and also close to Hermitage where our booked activities took place. How thoughtful! When our fight to Christchurch was cancelled due to a nail in one landing tire (no kidding!), you and your team quickly responded with rearranging hotel and transfer. While we were stressed by the disruption, we were comforted by the fact that there was always a member from your team answering our after-hour calls and helping. You were diligently monitoring weather and adjusting our itinerary in order to maximize our chance to make the Milford Sound flight. We did! The aerial view of mountains and lakes on Milford flight was breathtaking! It was the best part of our trip! We were much impressed by both the beauty of New Zealand and your service! We now feel like we have a friend there. 

Thank you again!

Warm regards,

Yc and Jingyuan Luo - USA


Janet, Aaron & Andrew Folsom

08 Mar 2018

Jo has booked us another great vacation. She listened to our requests, and then tweaked the itinerary . The vouchers and reservations were in perfect order, making for a smooth trip so that we could explore and enjoy every minute of our adventure Down Under!

Janet, Aaron & Andrew Folsom - USA


Gay & Tom, Donn, Steve & Susi

07 May 2013


We had a fabulous trip to Australia and New Zealand. Your arrangements allowed us to see/visit the places and do the things we wanted to do. We really liked your ‘voucher system’ and all the merchants happily accepted these vouchers. It saved us from cashing a lot of money or always using our credit cards

We would highly recommend you and First Light Travel to any of our friends or others that plan to travel to New Zealand. You are very responsive and very meticulous in your planning and recommendations. If you need a recommendation for a perspective client, please feel free to have them contact us, because we will give you the glowing recommendation you deserve ----- you earned it!

Chrissy, thank you for a fantastic adventure!!!!

Gay & Tom, Donn, Steve & Susi


James & Patsy Hyman

23 Jun 2014

Verity was very accommodating in assisting us with our travel plans to Australia and New Zealand, she listened to our ideas and guided us through the booking process.

James & Patsy Hyman (USA)

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