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


Michelle & Neal Anstadt

United States of America

I am very satisfied with Amelia's plans for touring New Zealand, as well as her quick response to our needs throughout the holiday trip. New Zealand is a very Green and the emphasis on preserving the natural environment is very much appreciated. Foods were so fresh and tasty, that I wish I could bring New Zealand home to the US.

Michelle & Neal Anstadt - United States of America

Yvonne Frederiksen 


I only had 4 weeks to travel around New Zealand's South Island. With the support of Amelia I had a wonderful time. She helped me choose the best activities and her choice and recommendations very good.

I will definitely book again with First Light Travel. Thank you so much!!

Yvonne Frederiksen  - Germany

Robert and Liz Lee's Family Holiday

United States of America

We are an active family and First Light provided awesome activitity choices for us in New Zealand!

Robert and Liz Lee - United States of America

Mike & Ruth John


For us, as first time visitors to New Zealand, booking with First Light Travel took all the hassle out of organising the trip. Christine was great - she gave us a suggested itinerary and then adapted it as we researched places to visit. All our pick-ups, car hires etc went smoothly. When Milford Sound was closed because the road was washed out Christine booked us a trip to Doubtful Sound. Many of the people we met on our travels missed out because they were unable to change tours (as I'm sure we would have been unable to if we had booked our own tour. We loved New Zealand and will visit again.

Mike & Ruth John - Canada

Anika Mester and Katja Theimer


Karen Trollinger


I had a wonderful time on my trip to new Zealand planned by First light Travel. The accommodations were lovely, much nicer than I anticipated, and their transportation services were excellent. I was picked up on time and delivered to my destination safely. Drivers were helpful and courteous. First Light provided me the experience I was looking for, at a reasonable cost. They included rest days in my itinerary and checked up on me during my trip. I will be returning to New Zealand in the future and will only use First Light Travel for my plans. they really made this trip easy, fun, and affordable!

Karen Trollinger – USA

Lara Iglitzin & Vladimir Raskin


I was exceptionally happy with the service that I received from Christine at First Light Travel. From the start the service was personalized and extremely helpful. Our trip exceeded our expectations, the hotels chosen were superb and the whole itinerary showed a thoughtfulness to our needs and interests that really made it a perfect trip.

Lara Iglitzin & Vladimir Raskin  - USA

Pamela & Michael Najdowski  


We were super pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Narissa and the staff at First Light Travel. Narissa had responded for my request for help in planning a 13-day first-time trip to New Zealand to include highlights in both the North and South Islands during high season when booking could be tight. In a matter of hours she came up with an excellent plan that managed to fit in all of our hopes. My husband and I were most impressed by the selection of providers of the special activities that they recommended. I think it would have been difficult to determine the best providers and tour guides for us on our own. The documents provided to us in advance and at our first hotel were stellar. We never had any questions or doubts about what we should be doing to take full advantage of what was arranged in advance and what we could do with our free time.

If we had been unsure that we had the full support of First Light Travel while in New Zealand, we soon learned that they had us fully covered. On the third day of the trip I left my phone, wallet, and travel vouchers at a small roadside rest area. Shortly after I called First Light and they had already communicated with a police office who took my now found items to our next travel stop on our itinerary. I am so glad that we made it in time to join the Spellbound Glowworm Cave Experience, which was a treasure in itself. We had no other difficulties or confusions on the rest of our well organized trip.

Pamela & Michael Najdowski   USA

Cathi and Grant Dunham

Whitehorse Yukon

Chrissy, our consultant really listened, offered lots of helpful information suggestions and advice. We were impressed from the get go when she called us to chat about what we were interested in and how she could help. After several itineraries and conversations, the perfect plan was in place. Chrissy was never far away and we felt totally supported before we headed to the airport and flying back home to the Yukon. The system of a detailed daily itinerary and vouchers was easy to use and worked perfectly. Accommodations were top-notch and suited us well. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending First Light Travel and when we return to explore the North Island..we know who to call!

Cathi and Grant Dunham - Whitehorse Yukon

Martin Kocian and Sharon Boons Honeymoon

Czech Republic

First Light Travel did a great job planning our 5 week honeymoon to New Zealand! Our advisor, Michelle was very knowledgeable and helpful in creating a tailored itinerary for us. We had a wonderful time and when the unexpected happened - we were booked for the White Island Volcano tour 1 week after the tragic eruption happened – First Light refunded any cancelled activities and had an alternative itinerary ready.

Thank you for making our honeymoon exceptional! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to tour NZ!

Martin Kocian and Sharon Boon – Czech Republic

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