New Zealand Self Drive Tour Reviews

First Light Travel Reviews

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 NZ self drive holiday.


Here’s what our guests have to say about First Light Travel.

We have over 1000 five star online reviews - We are the highest rated New Zealand based travel agent and we have been around for nearly a quarter century!


Halfway through the holiday she emailed us to make sure everything was OK. Such commitment was greatly appreciated.

Waitomo Glowworm

Bernadette Biggelaar was an absolute delight to work with and helped make our holiday so memorable.
Her suggestions and ideas suited our interests. Halfway through the holiday she emailed us to make sure everything was OK. Such commitment was greatly appreciated.
Even at Wellington airport due to bad weather our flight was delayed, a team member rang to keep us informed of what was happening with our flight, a response so unexpected yet greatly appreciated.
Thank you Bernadette and First Light Travel for helping to make our 51st Wedding Anniversary holiday fantastic and such wonderful memories to have and keep.




We had a few bumps and Katarina quickly responded and was able to give us good advice.

Bobs Peak Queenstown

We had a fantastic experience traveling with First Light Travel! The primary reason we chose to travel with them was their excellent consultant, Katarina, who provided prompt and relevant responses throughout the booking process. We found the itinerary to be well-suited to our interests, and the information provided was both accurate and helpful. Our holiday experience exceeded our expectations, with activities that were mostly enjoyable and perfectly aligned with our interests. We particularly loved the accommodations in Queenstown, Christchurch, and Napier, which were outstanding. However, the Te Anau bed and breakfast fell short of our expectations, feeling outdated and out of the way. Despite this, we still felt that the overall holiday experience represented excellent value for money. Katarina's assistance was invaluable, especially when we encountered a few bumps along the way. We greatly appreciate her quick responses and helpful advice. Thank you, First Light Travel, for a memorable holiday!

Gina... made our "retirement trip" a pure joy!

Kayak with seals Abel Tasman
Lake Mou Waho

Gina and the team at First Light Travel took care of all the details for our 30 day self drive vacation and made our "retirement trip" a pure joy. She took our wish list of activities, locations, and budget and devised an itinerary to meet those requirements. The accommodations were a mix of unique, charming, and spectacular- most of them I would never have found on my own internet search. The daily itinerary we received was detailed and thorough - right down to expected drive times, hotel check-in times, things to do in that area, and contact numbers for every activity we had planned. 30 days and we STILL were not ready to leave this amazing country! We can't recommend First Light Travel enough.

It almost seemed to good to be true - that someone else was handling all of the details of our trip and all I had to do was show up in New Zealand!

Abel Tasman
Milford Sound

Memorable family trip to New Zealand
My husband and I and our two teens just returned from a wonderful 2.5 week Self Drive trip to both the North and South Islands of New Zealand! Communication with First Light Travel and their Travel Designers was top notch right from the start. From the initial phone conversation to the many emails back and forth with itinerary adjustments it almost seemed to good to be true - that someone else was handling all of the details of our trip and all I had to do was show up in New Zealand! I'm glad I took that chance as it truly was the case. First Light took care of our airport transfer, car rental, accommodations and most of our activities. The majority of the accommodations that we stay at were perfect for our family and the cars that we rented were fuel efficient and comfortable. The highlight for my family in the North Island was Hobbiton and the Milford Sound Coach and Cruise from Queenstown was our South Island highlight. Gina's quick responses during our planning process and even when we were running late to check in for an activity were much appreciated. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning a trip to NZ. Thanks again First Light!

Our honeymoon trip was an unforgettable adventure thanks to First Light Travel!

Wanaka Honeymooners
Milford Honeymooners
Waiheke Island honeymooners

Our honeymoon trip was an unforgettable adventure thanks to First Light Travel's amazing planning (specifically Danielle Mueth’s). They handled every detail perfectly, from flights and accommodations to exciting activities. We especially loved the scenic flight from Milford Sound and the wine tour around Central Otago with Apallatian Tours - it was a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. We highly recommend First Light Travel, to anyone planning a honeymoon! Make sure you request Danielle as your travel advisor!


We were very pleased with the itinerary planned for us by First Light Travel

Enjoying Fiordland

We were very pleased with the itinerary planned for us by First Light Travel. Although we had several excursions cancelled due to weather, the information packet given to us on arrival provided alternative activities which were quite enjoyable. Some of the accommodations were a little dated but all were clean and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff.

Easiest and best trip ever.

Milford in the rain

First Light did a wonderful job with all activities, accommodations and scheduling. They made a big job a very simple thing. Easiest and best trip ever.

I cannot thank Natalie enough for her professionalism.

Enjoying the Tasman Glacier boat trip

 This was a daunting trip. The other side of the world, new experiences and a new travel company.
What a delight, was made very easy by Natalie, she was always at the other end of an email and didn’t disappoint. When there was a minor issue during the trip – she was on it and resolved.
I cannot thank her enough for her professionalism.

We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and Fiji and highly recommend them.

Margaret at Tasman Glacier

Our experience with First Light Travel was positive, we chose them primarily for their quality of information. While the booking process was smooth, I felt the need for a roadmap during the trip, as navigation wasn't always accurate. Despite this, the itinerary was appropriate and the information provided was helpful. I enjoyed all the activities recommended and found them suitable for my interests. Accommodations varied, with highlights including Tokoriki Island and several others. Transport overall met expectations, although there was a hiccup with the Trans Alpine train. I praise First Light Travel for their responsiveness and making my 4-week journey through New Zealand and Fiji worry-free. I highly recommend their services and suggest encouraging clients to spend more time at each location for a richer experience.

We needed the help of First Light Travel and it worked out so well.

Lake night sky

We had a fantastic experience with First Light Travel, choosing them for their excellent service, easy booking process, and quality information. Despite some time zone challenges, responses were always prompt and helpful. The itinerary was well-suited for the holiday, with accurate information provided throughout. Holiday experiences exceeded expectations, with activities perfectly aligned with interests, particularly enjoying island trips, hikes, and adventure tours. Accommodations met expectations, with favorites including Bay of Islands, M Social in Auckland, and Hermitage. While most activities were enjoyable, there were some issues with rushed tours. Overall, the value for money was exceptional, with commendations for the helpfulness in arranging transport and accommodations. Although there was a transition in consultants, the service remained helpful. and we would happily recommend First Light Travel to others and may consider recommending them to friends planning trips to New Zealand in the future.

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