Reviews of The Landmarks of Aotearoa

Bay of Islands Jetty

First Light Travel is a highly professional company with remarkable attention to every aspect of the travelling experience

27 Nov 2023

First Light Travel is a highly professional company with remarkable attention to every aspect of the travelling experience in New Zealand. Michelle and her staff supplied us with a detailed itinerary, precise information about each stop, organised tours and experiences, and phone numbers to call in any moment of need. As it turned out, every aspect of our trip to New Zealand fell neatly into place. At one point on the North Island, we called Michelle to help organise a specific kind of car; she dealt with this request immediately and succeeded where our own phone calls to the rental car provider had failed. The organisation and support of First Light Travel were therefore invaluable. We recommend them warmly to future fellow travellers.

Kayaking at Hahei

Dianna & Doug McIntyre

13 Apr 2023

Hi Michelle, Doug & I had the most amazing trip!!! Thank you for working with us to create an itinerary took us to so many wonderful places and experiences. This trip would not have happened without you. When we began planning the trip you talked to us on the phone. You listened well and were able to adjust your generic itinerary to fit us. We enjoyed all the excursions. I can't pick out which one I liked best. The accommodations (except the one in Methven) were great! In addition, you were available to help us when adjustments had to be made due to cyclone Gabrielle. We've got some great memories and pictures. Thank you so much!!!

Dianna & Doug, USA


Rosslyn & Dereck

Like many others, our planned trip to New Zealand began a couple of years ago. We were fortunate to find First Light Travel, who worked with us to make our dream trip come to fruition.  Our wish was to tour the North Island for a month via motorhome and then, when my husband had to return home to his job, I wanted to spend three weeks touring the South Island.                                                                  

First Light arranged the motorhome rental, planned our route and booked our full service holiday parks for the month long tour of the North Island. They also booked two dive days and some other excursions, including the amazing visit to Hobbiton and a fun filled Waitomo Glow Worm adventure. We requested a change of venue for one stop during our trip and another at the end of my stay and First Light made those changes happen seamlessly. We had a major challenge, at the end of our stay on the North Island - one that was beyond First Lights’ control - and, even though there were many other people they were assisting, due to horrendous weather challenges, the situation was rectified immediately for us.                                                                                                                                                                     

For my tour of the South Island, First Light found me a 10 day bus/train excursion that allowed me to sit back and relax enjoying a once in a lifetime guided adventure and also arranged train travel, hotels and a couple of sight-seeing adventures for the final leg of my trip exploring Kaikoura and Bleheim before returning home. Jamie Boyce, and her team at First Light Travel, did an amazing job helping us plan and make our visit to New Zealand most memorable. We highly recommend them for all your travel needs in New Zealand.

Rosslyn & Derek, Canada

Anne and Kim enjoying setting sail in the Bay of Islands

Anne & Kim Golightly

22 Mar 2023

We had a wonderful trip to New Zealand and so appreciated the team at First Light Travel who worked with us on those details. Sixty days of a detailed itinerary, and we don't think anything was missed. We are so grateful to them for their help. The lodging and guides were beyond our expectations. Thanks, Jaimee, Emma and all!

Anne & Kim Golightly - USA

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