New Zealand Self Drive Tour 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 900 five star online reviews - We are the highest rated New Zealand based travel agent.


Amisha Chhipwadia & Sengkham Wu


Kudos to Marcella and Nicole for bringing to life a once in a lifetime adventure that was seamless. From the minute we landed to our final moments in arguably one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, our adventures on both islands were planned to perfection. The trip was well paced, giving us plenty of time to enjoy each location without feeling rushed. Most of our accommodations were local gems. Various guided tours were booked with wonderful vendors. We loved every minute of our time in NZ. Hoping to make it back again one day. I highly recommend First Light Tours. Hands down one of the easiest trips I've ever taken.

Amisha Chhipwadia & Sengkham Wu, USA

David & Stella Rogers and Gordon & Patricia Dale


I started planning our trip to NZ over 12 months ago with First light travel. I had a rough idea what we wanted to do and shared this with FLT, they offered advice on what else to see and do given our preferences. The final itinerary provided a mix of camper van and car/motels was perfect for us. The mix of experiences was also perfect with glow worm caves; whale watching; hot springs and boat trips. The scenery all over was stunning and the mix in the itinerary provided enough fast paced activity and free time to relax and explore each venue.

Despite having several staff members leave the continuity with our booking meant it felt seamless and any queries were answered quickly and efficiently. This was no more evident than during the poor weather we experienced during our trip. A cyclone hit North island and we caught the tail end of this. We have several experiences cancelled but FLT we’re onto this and helped us re-book replacements further into our trip.

I would have no hesitation in recommending FLT and will use them in future. A special mention must go to Nicole Kuek for all her help and support and for making our trip so special.

David & Stella Rogers and Gordon & Patricia Dale, UK

Jodi and Philip Guillemette


Michelle Srzich from First Light Travel was recommended to us from a friend who used her services back in 2018. We are so glad we listened and contacted Michelle. She handled all the details of a 26 day trek across both South and North Islands of New Zealand. We had five star accommodations that were exquisite to stay in. And when our airline canceled our return flight home, First Light was right there to send a driver back to the airport and secure us a hotel stay for two more nights in Auckland. Wonderful service, great advice on do's and don'ts, and huge support during a difficult exit! We will definitely use First Light again and highly recommend them to others. Really made our vacation worry free!

Jodi and Philip Guillemette, USA

Sarah Krivel


Our trip was planned over the course of 4 years with 3 different consultants because of COVID, so I’m sure our experience is not the norm.First Light Travel took so many of the complicated logistics of planning a five week vacation to multiple countries off our hands. They were always professional and kind and very patient with my endless questions. 

Sarah Krivel, USA

Leen Van den Eynden & Family


From start to finish the experience has been exceptional. The planning, the booking process and the trip itself were amazing and highly recommend. There was nothing we did not enjoy or did not meet our expectations. We ended up doing a few extra things that we booked/organised on the spot because we were having so much fun (examples: blue pinguïns in Dunedin, Luge + zipline + bungee jump in Queenstown, and quad biking in Franz Joseph). 

Leen Van den Eynden & Family, Singapore

Tonya Gillham & Family


Thank you so much for all of your help. It was a great trip, we had just had enough of go, go, go by the time we got to Queenstown and needed a rest and time to explore the town. It was a good decision. Especially for all the fun stuff going on around town on NYE. Thank you again. It was a pleasure and a trip of a lifetime.

Tonya Gillham & Family, USA

Richard & Elena Villanueva


Natalie of First Light Travel did an awesome job with our accommodations. No doubt we will work with her again. We plan to visit NZ / Aotearoa again in the near future since NZ has a lot to offer to see and do. Having a printout of our Travel Itinerary really helped. Instructions were just about spot on.

We've never experienced a private transfer from the airport before and Marquee Limousines did a great job. Our driver was the first person we came in contact when arriving out of the airport, so with his ease, we felt that our vacation was off to a good start. Loved how he gave us insight of New Zealand's people and places. Budget vehicle was perfect size and smooth driving. Ferry ride and accommodations were perfect. Hotels/Motels were comfortable and nice with cozy beds. Really liked our first and last hotels.

Richard & Elena Villanueva, USA

Marcella Frutschi Family


A big thank you to Michelle Srzich who helped us plan our self drive adventure through the North Island of NZ. We had a great time, so much to do and fabulous food, people and locations. Thank you

Marcela Frutschi Family, Australia



Amanda and Nick Ducey


What an amazing trip filled with incredible hotel views, scenic drives, and impeccable food and service. Our planner Natalie was so friendly and thorough. The company navigated a 3 year delay due to Covid restrictions with constant communication and helped me customize our trip with several alterations over a very long planning period due to the delays! Highly recommend!

Amanda and Nick Ducey, USA

Bita Bardi


I want to thank First light Travel Team for our wonderful 3 week holiday in New Zealand, North & South Island. I dealt mainly with Makela & Suzie and they were both really caring, professional and gave fantastic suggestions.. Despite interruptions from the Cyclone , they worked together to accommodate plan changes. Though I didn’t see some of the original destinations I wanted to, we could not go wrong in NZ since it’s so beautiful and staying positive and flexible in these situations really helped us make the most of our experience and remain safe. Some of our favourite spots were Milford Sound , Queenstown and Rotorua Mauri Dinner & Show.

I wish this company nothing but the best as they stay committed and resilient in an unprecedented time, assisting clients during the cyclone. We are home with many beautiful memories to last us a lifetime. Thank you , First light team for your excellence.

Bita & Christian, Canada

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