New Zealand Self Drive Tour Reviews

 

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Jodi and Philip Guillemette

5
Jodi and Philip Guillemette, USA at Mt Difficulty
Jodi and Philip Guillemette, USA
Jodi and Philip Guillemette, USA at Ata Rangi
USA

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

Black water rafting
USA

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

5
Leen Van den Eynden enjoy the Tasman Glacier Boat Trip
Singapore

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

5
Tonya Gillhan Family in the South Island
Tonya Gillhan Family in the South Island
Tonya Gillhan Family in the South Island
USA

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

5
Richard & Elena Villanueva
USA

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

5
Marcela Frutschi Family sailing
Marcela Frutschi Family
Marcela Frutschi Family in Rotorua
Australia

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

5
Amanda and Nick Ducey enjoy a scenic helicopter trip to Milford Sound
USA

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

5
Bita Bardi enjoying the Southern Lakes
Canada

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


Sheel & Anju Aditya

5
Franz Josef Helihike
Singapore

Hi Ashlee,
Thanks for organizing our South Island tour in January this year.
It was a power packed itinerary and covered all the major highlights within 6 days!
Heli-hiking on Franz Joseph Glacier, Milford Sounds & the boat tour at Mt. Cook were truly incredible for us.
Self-driving across the island gave us a good opportunity to absorb the scenic beauty of New Zealand.
The entire tour was well designed and we had no glitches anywhere. Thank you very much.

Sheel & Anju Aditya, Singapore

 


Anne & Kim Golightly

5
Anne and Kim enjoying setting sail in the Bay of Islands
USA

We had a wonderful trip to New Zealand and so appreciated the team at First Light Travel who worked with us on those details. Sixty days of a detailed itinerary, and we don't think anything was missed. We are so grateful to them for their help. The lodging and guides were beyond our expectations. Thanks, Jaimee, Emma and all!

Anne & Kim Golightly - USA



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