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

Vivek, Shishira, Shetty & Bhagwat Gupta


Kia Ora!

This is the third time we associated ourselves with First Light Travel for our holidays and the second time with our wonderful travel agent Amelia. When we think of holidaying in New Zealand and around, we can't think of opting for anything else but First Light. My first holiday with them in the was in the south island, in 2012 in peak summer, then it was Fiji in 2016 and now the south island again in Autumn 2019 and all have been fantastic. Amelia did a superb job in organizing our holiday and has been very understanding & patient while dealing with us. Everything including the planning and organizing of the holiday has been commendable.

We would love to explore still more of New Zealand in the future and recommend First Light Travel for our holidays and anyone who wish to tour New Zealand. Cheers,

Vivek, Shishira, Shetty & Bhagwat Gupta - India

Matthew Quigley


Fabulous holiday, would definitely do it again and recommend you to anyone who asks!

Matthew Quigley – Philippines

James Carson

Indiana USA

Planning this extended vacation without the help of First Light Travel would have been very difficult and certainly not as enjoyable as it turned out. Advise on nights to stay to fully enjoy each destination was excellent and tours added could not have been better.

James & Marcia Carson – Indiana USA

Imogen and Robert Hesford’s Honeymoon

United Kingdom

Hi Christine,

We are just flying back from Auckland today (after taking a detour to the Cook Islands for a few nights after NZ) we had the BEST honeymoon trip thank you so much for all your help and organisation. The trip went so smoothly thanks to all your help and documents ready to go and definitely exceeded our expectations.

I’ll definitely put the reviews up when we are back in the UK, thanks again!

Imogen and Robert  Hesford – United Kingdom

Tom and Susan Bettcher

United States of America

We are frequent travelers in our late 60's and early 70's. Jo understood our needs and requests for travel down to the tours and experiences we were booked on. Every tour exceeded our expectations and they were high. The accommodations were first class all the way from location, experience, innkeepers, their flexibility to meet our various needs. We only used one company like this before in Costa Rica as I always plan and execute our travel where ever we travel and First Light did a much better job than I could have even thought of as there is so much to do and experience in NZ.

Thanks First Light and Jo!

Tom and Susan Bettcher - United States of America

Chris Hill & Jenny Tran


Had a great vacation. Kasey was responsive when needed. Everything was set up nicely.

The Hobbiton Experience was awesome. Rotorua was beautiful and a nice stay. The duck tour was fun and the guide was great. Really enjoyed the 4WD Edoras Tour. Guide was excellent. Mt Cook was unbelievable and didn't want to leave. Could have stayed several more days. Guide was great! Really enjoyed Queenstown. Milford Sound was a fun experience. It was the main day of rain which allowed for more waterfalls. Adding on the cold made for staying in the boat. All tour guides where great, especially at Mt Cook, Edoras Tour and Trails of middle earth from Queenstown!  Those were awesome!!

Kasey worked well to get any issues resolved. Was a great vacation and will do doing it again!

Chris Hill & Jenny Tran - Singapore

Moya McFadzean & Sean Cox


We travelled to the South Island for three weeks in April 2019 and contacted First Light Travel for assistance with the itinerary, accommodation and car hire. We can't recommend them highly enough. Our agent was Christine and she was, throughout, responsive, courteous, flexible and understood our complex requirements which required wheelchair accessible accommodation, activities and car. When the Fox/Franz Josef bridge collapsed a few days before we were due to leave, Christine contacted us, recommended reversing the itinerary and organised everything. And the bridge was rebuilt just in time! We had a fantastic time, and anything that makes our travel a little easier is so appreciated.

So thank you to Christine and First Light Travel, if we return to NZ we will be in touch!

Moya McFadzean & Sean Cox - Australia

Robert & Linda Marlow

Huntsville Alabama USA

I did a lot of research before deciding on First Light Travel. I could not have made a better choice. Jo Taylor responded to my initial inquiry right away and got the process started to plan our trip to New Zealand and Australia. She made the whole experience as easy as it could be. Her emails and phone calls were always helpful and informative. Even with a couple of unexpected flight changes and other issues she had it all taken care of in no time. This was the vacation of a lifetime and she and her associates made it all come true. I would definitely use First Light Travel again.

Robert & Linda Marlow  - Huntsville Alabama

Leslie Lloyd and Mae Elliott


Mellisa thank you so much for putting together the most enjoyable holiday for us, we would have missed so many exciting things had it not been for your expertise and excellent knowledge of the country, everything from hotels to suggested activities were well thought out and packaged into a very memorable driving holiday

Leslie Lloyd and Mae Elliott - Australia

Matthew Hill (and Family) Canada


Cannot express enough of how pleased with how our trip turned out. I initially contacted First Light Travel as they had an itinerary of activities that really appealed to me and my family – just in the opposite direction of which we wanted to see the islands. Dawn answered my question and was incredibly helpful from the start, tailoring our trip to fit our exact needs and wants. Everything was incredibly organized and took all the stress out of planning a trip of such magnitude alone. From rental pick-up to airport drop-off everything went seamless and my family and I are grateful for the experiences and memories you've enabled us to have together for the rest of our lives.

Our only regret was not being able to stay longer in New Zealand!

Matthew Hill (and Family) Canada

First Light Travel

Level 2, 69-71 Beach Road, Auckland


306 reviews

First Light Travel

Level 2, 69-71 Beach Road, Auckland


229 recommendations