North island holiday

Reviews of The Road Less Travelled

Sailing New Zealand

Tom & Lisa Redburn

United States of America
04 Mar 2019

New Zealand is about as far from the East Coast of the United States as you can get, but worth all the time and expense to get there. We spent a month in February (midsummer in NZ, dead of winter in Massachusetts) and had a fabulous time, but felt we only scratched the surface. The scenery is out of this world, the lodgings are primo, and the food was almost universally excellent. First Light Travel worked with us to develop a plan that fit our interests almost perfectly. One of our best vacations ever (and Lisa and I have been traveling the world ever since getting married in 1973)!

Tom & Lisa Redburn - United States of America

NZ Holiday

Jocelyn & Evelyn Goh

13 Oct 2018

Overall for this trip ~~ AWESOME!!! Had a wonderful time and best experience of the weather, activities and environment. Locals are super friendly. However, this all will not happen if I have not engaged your service. I would like to express my most sincere appreciation to my travel consultant, Ms Deb. Without her assisting me from the very beginning, I would not have had the most hassle free planning. Deb has came out with an easy-to-follow itinerary and great accommodations which suits our requirement and budget. Not only that, Deb responds were very prompt and accurate with the information required. Additional bookings or multiple changes which we needed assistance were arranged perfectly! Really great to have experience NZ in such a way. Will definitely visit NZ again as there are so many places still to visit. =)

Jocelyn & Evelyn Goh - Singapore

Milford Sound

Elisabeth (Lisa) & Anne

19 May 2018

First Light Travel, and our agent Chrissy Sun, helped us plan the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. We are a mother (age 64) and daughter (age 35) who executed a self-guided vacation involving many transportation modes (boats, planes, helicopter, bus, and car rental), excursions (bush walk, glacier, cave, and sounds), and places (Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Queen Charlotte Track, Punakaiki, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, and Christchurch). The trip was beautifully organized and easy for us to execute on our own due to the thoughtful attention to detail provided by First Light Travel. All of our accommodations were first rate – comfortable, centrally located to our activities, and with great views. The vendors handling our excursions were very professional and gave us unique experiences as we explored New Zealand. The cost of our trip was very reasonable, giving us great value for our money. The professional advice and expertise offered by First Light Travel was invaluable – they listened to our desires and developed a customized vacation plan to meet our requirements. And they gave us the confidence to execute the trip on our own because we knew they would be there to help us out if a problem arose (luckily, none did). I highly recommend First Light Travel for planning your dream vacation to New Zealand!

Elisabeth (Lisa) & Anne  - USA

Fiordland NP

Susan and Neil Murphy

13 Mar 2013

Our one month stay in New Zealand was absolutely fantastic and exposed us to an incredibly wide range of scenery and experiences. We could never have done it without Shelley's guidance and support. Interestingly enough, we were often asked on our travels whom we had booked with. On hearing First Light Travel, the response was always, "Ah, they're the best!" And we think so, too!

Susan and Neil Murphy (Canada)

Horse Riding New Zealand

Art & Helen Poland

23 Jan 2015

Hi Suzie,

I'd like to give you some ideas I've gained from talking with friends here. They have no idea that one can have a company plan a trip as you did. They seem to think that the only two ways are to take a tour, or do it on your own. They have been surprised about this way of traveling. We had done this for our vacation to Costa Rica, so we knew. I'm not sure how to get the word out, but maybe you need to advertise this as another way to travel.

Thanks for everything. You helped make our 50th wedding anniversary even better.

Art & Helen Poland USA

Tasman Glacier Cruise

Robin Harris

03 Mar 2016


Thank you so very much for helping us plan such a wonderful, memorable vacation. We love New Zealand and every one of the excursions you planned was such a pleasure. So many of our friends now want to go to New Zealand! I completed the feedback form and will post on Facebook.

Thank you again. You are a first class professional!

Robin Harris - USA

See Below Robins Feedback....

Testimonial: We have planned a trip to New Zealand for about 30
years so we had very high expectations. Our vacation exceeded our expectations thanks to First Light Travel and Shelley Kirk. We were able to see all the top sights on our list and had a great blend of scheduled excursions and free trip to explore this beautiful country. Shelley was very attentive to our wishes and added activities that truly expanded our horizons. Our coupon book and itinerary was so well organized and so easy to use, it made the trip worry-free. I would highly recommend First Light Travel to anyone looking for an unforgettable travel experience.

Poorknights Marine Reserve

Bridget Bryson

20 Jul 2016

First Light Travel gave us the vacation of our dreams. We knew that winter was not the best season to plan sightseeing in New Zealand, that we had limited time, and that we were making things awkward with requiring a trip to Napier (wonderful town) to see family, and having our daughter join us for the last 4 days, but Shelley was up to the task! She created the kind of trip that we will be boring our friends with for years! 

The country of New Zealand does a pretty good job of stealing your heart without too much help, but Shelley added the experience by finding tours that were run by locals, often smaller operations, that really added the personal touch. The innate friendliness of Kiwis themselves makes you feel like a continuously honored guests, but the vendors chosen by Shelley and First Light added layers of professionalism along with local Kiwi charm - and the beauty of going off-season meant that we often had the guides to ourselves. Shelley even made a point of my awkward diet, and not once was I made to feel as if it was a problem. Little touches like having soy milk in the fridge at the B&B makes all the difference! We will be recommending First Light Travel - and using them again ourselves - for years to come!

Bridget Bryson - United States

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