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!

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First Light Travel made the whole planning process so much simpler, easier than we would have imagined

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Hobbit Hole
USA

We chose First Light Travel because they're awesome! Booking was a breeze thanks to their great service, easy planning, and unique travel options. They were super quick with responses and gave us all the info we needed. Our holiday plans turned out spot-on! From exploring The Rocks in Sydney to checking out Hobbiton and Tongariro Crossing, we had a blast. The accommodations, like The Pods and Airdale Boutiques, were top-notch. Transportation was smooth, and we felt we got great value for our money. Big shoutout to Danielle for making everything so easy—we'll definitely be recommending First Light Travel to our friends!


We have shared our great experience with others and plan to use First Light when we plan a 2025 trip to Australia.

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View Mt Cook
Seal
USA

My wife and I traveled in March 2024 for over three weeks to New Zealand on a trip organized by Anna at First Light Travel.

The trip planning was a great mixture of activities, sightseeing time, touring throughout the country, very nice accommodations, and great service. First Light handed every detail from car rentals, accommodations, activities such as wine tastings, boat and sailing trips, and LOTR tours. Every single thing on our itinerary was well planned and communicated, and First Light also gave great suggestions on driving times, things to do, and quaint out of the way places. They even sent us an email during the trip advising us of road construction and to plan our drive time accordingly. They also recommended two cities (Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura) that we would not have planned to visit that we absolutely loved.

We have shared our great experience with others and plan to use First Light when we plan a 2025 trip to Australia.

First Light was always prompt and courteous with their responses, and really helped me to think through everything we needed for our trip.

Thank you Anna and the entire First Light team for a wonderful vacation!


From start to finish of our New Zealand vacation, we appreciated the help and planning that we received from First Light.

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David and Elisebeth Checkel enjoy the view in New Zealand
Canada

From start to finish of our New Zealand vacation, we appreciated the help and planning that we received from First Light. Accommodations, vehicle, arranged tours and suggested tips and 'things to do', met or exceeded our expectations. We felt our agent listened to us in the planning stage and the cost was reasonable. What we loved the most about our trip: We were very happy to see our chauffeur when we arrived after our long flights. Redwoods Treewalk, we felt extra special with the express pass.
Kayaking and Maori carvings at Lake Taupo were very impressive and the paddle was just right. The Tasman Glacier Boat trip was interesting and fun. We enjoyed taking a hike up to the Hooker Lake glacier on our own and enjoyed that, too. Our Milford Track and Cruise was delightful. Stunningly beautiful. We loved our day on the bikes. I upgraded to an e-bike and I'm glad I did. It was a very windy day. The river trail was lovely.


I am so pleased, we appreciate all you did for us

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Davis group enjoy a meal together
USA

I am so pleased. We appreciate all you did for us. This was the trip of a lifetime for 6 of us. Seamless. Wonderful. Professional. We love New Zealand and miss it already! Aroha and kia Ora are my two favorite words. The finest people and places on the planet can be found here in this paradise. 


Excellent, prompt service with experience recommendations that showed the benefit of using a New Zealand agency.

5
Wine and food matching
UK

Excellent, prompt service with experience recommendations that showed the benefit of using a New Zealand agency. We wouldn’t have thought of including a couple of suggestions but everyone was a brilliant experience. The itinerary issued was full of useful information and prompts and was referred to daily. Excellent service.


Ease of planning/booking, Quality of information

5
Enjoying the golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach
USA

Penguins were awesome. Glow worm cave tour was unexpectedly great. Loved Abel Tasman area.


We ended up with nothing going wrong for the entire time! Awesome!

5
Helihike
Pancake Roacks
cheeky weka
Milford Sound
USA

Danielle helped us plan a wonderful month in New Zealand and gave us good advice on what to do and where to go. Her attention to detail was excellent and she listened to our requests for accommodation types and tours we enjoy. The rest of the staff was also very helpful and when our ferry crossing was cancelled they were on top of it and booked an earlier one, ensuring the driver came to pick us up on time. So, we ended up with nothing going wrong for the entire time! Awesome!


Until next time NZ and First Light!

5
Kim Duenas Family
USA

Gina at First Light Travel did a great job planning our trip. Most everything was easy, itinerary was well planned out. We wanted to see a lot within a two week period and that we did! Our trip was based around seeing LOTR sites and I have to say it’s a great way to see New Zealand. Especially nice was the Hobbiton tour and dinner, the Tongariro Crossing trek, Weta Workshop, and I could go on and on. If I could change anything it would be that I wish we had one day where we could just do whatever, no driving or tours, maybe an extra day in Queenstown as there’s so much to do there, but we only had so much time so now we will know for next time. Also would have been nice our first driving day to not to have to Uber back to the airport from Auckland as we did see a rental car place right near the hotel. Accommodations were nice and Gina booked multiple rooms each time as we are a family of five adults, so having our own space was nice. Especially loved the QT Museum Hotel in Wellington, the Swiss-Belsuites in Auckland and the Kinross Cottages outside of Queenstown. Until next time NZ and First Light!


Adjusted the itinerary to be exactly as we want

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Queenstown gondola
Milford Cruise
Hobbiton
Church Tekapo
Geothermal Rotorua
USA

Danielle helped us plan our trip to New Zealand. She listened to what we were looking for, provided suggestions, adjusted the itinerary to be exactly as we want, and was available for any questions we had. Her recommendations were very good. The trip was hassel free. We enjoyed our vacation.


We will be back!

5
Snow Landing glacier
USA

First Light Travel provided us with a wonderful brush stroke of New Zealand! We toured both Islands with a private driver, experiencing fine wine, food, and the beauty of the country! We will be back!

 



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