To make your New Zealand travel dreams come true you need the right team in your corner. That’s where we come in! We’ve been helping travellers enjoy the very best of New Zealand since 2001 and have learned plenty of tricks which will help you have a hassle-free and super fun holiday. Here’s what our guests have to say about First Light Travel.

We have over 400 five star online reviews - We are the highest rated New Zealand based travel agent.

Peter and Ellen Barnett


"Wow - New Zealand was everything promised and more! Beautiful verdant countryside, towering mountains, a spectacular and often rugged coastline that changed continuously, unique wildlife, and above all, friendly, approachable people. We were able to pack so much into our trip due to Shelly from First Light Travel, who listened carefully to us in the planning phase, offered suggestions, and then crafted a combination of commercial tours and private driver/guides that satisfied all our wishes.  In four weeks we covered the whole length of the country: from the Bay of Islands on the North Island to the little-known, but spectacular and untouched Stewart Island in the far South. Stewart Island was a very special place. We traveled home with a great appreciation for New Zealand’s culture and unmatched beauty, and came away with memories that will last a lifetime.

To get the most out of a trip to New Zealand, we strongly urge using in-country agents like Shelly who can use their experience to minimize disappointments that can sometimes result from self-planning, and assure that one’s desires can indeed come true."

Peter and Ellen Barnett - USA

John & Sofia & Stella McGuire


Deb Evans crafted the perfect holiday to suit our interests and budget. Deb took the time to listen to our interests and selected perfect activities and lodging along the way. We loved the Dart River Adventures the Horse Trek and the Mt Nicholas Tour

John & Sofia & Stella McGuire - Hawaii

Karen Gauci and Stephanie Pace



First Light Travel was very efficient in helping my partner and I to plan our 3 week trip to New Zealand and Fiji. Whenever we were in doubt about anything, Shelley was always very prompt in her replies to our emails. We had a fantastic time in both New Zealand and Fiji. Shelley planned a 12 day trip for us in the South island of New Zealand and a four day trip in Fiji on Matamanoa island. All accommodation was clean, spacious and good value for money.

We highly recommend First Light Travel to anyone who needs some guidance in their trips to New Zealand and Fiji. First Light Travel has been very efficient in helping us plan our three week holiday to New Zealand and Fiji. Whenever we we're unsure of something they always replied promptly. We highly recommend this agency.

Karen Gauci and Stephanie Pace - Malta

Melissa Orta & Justin Durkin


First Light Travel was amazing from start to finish. Christine was so helpful while she came up with the perfect itinerary for our honeymoon in New Zealand. If I had a question during the trip I knew she would be able to get back to me quickly.

We had such a wonderful experience with the itinerary that she created for us!

Melissa Orta & Justin Durkin - USA

Cahill Family


Hi Michelle

The trip was absolutely wonderful. All five of us loved it. Thanks for all your planning, suggestions, bookings and arrangements. It made it all work seamlessly and smoothly. It was also a real pleasure to work with you. You were responsive and helpful, which is important for such a long distance relationship and transaction.

Thanks again for all of your great service. It was really a pleasure working with you. My whole family heard me talk about Michelle so much, they felt they knew you!

Kind Regards

Michael Cahill  - USA

 Anthony Zangrilli and Emily Drapes


Hi Shelley!

I have attached a couple to this email and will send more when I get to the computer. Feel free to use any and all of them. It was honestly the most magnificent holiday we have ever had! Also, we have already passed your information on! We were beyond impressed, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Warm wishes.

 Anthony Zangrilli and Emily Drapes - USA

John Inson & Barry Taylor

San Francisco

Hi Jo,

Good Friday to you.  Thank you again for your assistance with trip.  The tour is very well done - well organized, very comfy bus, great driver and tour guide, premier access to tours and shows, and a nice combination of transport.  Our travel mates are great and we’ve made fast friends.

Thanks again,

John Inson & Barry Taylor - San Francisco

Philippe Ajoux & Jackie Holland


My wife and I used Jo at First Light Travel to plan our honeymoon tour of New Zealand. First Light took care of everything, which was fantastic since we were too busy planning our wedding at the time. They asked us for our likes and interests and planned out an itinerary that suited us quite well. Our tour hit some Lord of the Rings highlights, saw majestic nature in Queenstown and Milford Sound, indulged us with wonderful wine tours, and had some fun river adventures too. We got a bit of luxury, a bit of relaxation, and some adventure. We fell in-love with New Zealand and can't wait to go back. The trip was well organized and gave us plenty of time for travel from place to place. It was such a pleasure to have everything planned; we just showed up and enjoyed.

Philippe Ajoux & Jackie Holland - USA

Mona & Adam Banes


Flawless trip! First light was recommended by our friends. From the moment we connected with Jo, she was on top of making sure our trip was planned and that we were able to accomplish all of our travel goals. She took careful note of the activities we wanted to do, and gave us great recommendations on activities that she thought we should do. Every day was perfectly planned out, from what time to leave, an accurate description of the activity, and other recommendations to do in our (very little)downline. My Husband and I were only able to visit NZ for 2 weeks and somehow Jo managed to get us to all of our destinations with a couple extra stops along the way. Jo had great communication with us, and did everything she could to stay within our budget (which we thought would be impossible during the Holiday travel!) We have already recommended Jo and First Light to a few family and friends! Thank you for an unforgettable 2 week journey through your beautiful country!!

Mona & Adam  Banes - USA

Yun Family


Michelle was able to put together a self-guided itinerary which gave us exactly what we wanted. Her service was impeccable - personal, prompt, attentive, flexible and professional.

The Yun Family - Singapore

First Light Travel

Level 2, 69-71 Beach Road, Auckland


274 reviews

First Light Travel

Level 2, 69-71 Beach Road, Auckland


151 reviews