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


Craig & Lindsey Goehring


Hi there - Back home and now joining our whole state in lockdown. And I know you have the same in your country. Hard to wrap the head around this thing - pandemic. As I mentioned, the locations, activities, rooms and “trip flow” were all top notch. Your country sells itself with its people, environment, scale, and beauty but a solid itinerary makes the trip. The organization and voucher system were very much appreciated. The rooms and views were outstanding. The Lime Tree lodge is more than a work in progress but worked fine as more of a rest/recharge spot.

We enjoyed working with you, fabulous itinerary and trip planning. Thank you!

Craig & Lindsey Goehring - USA

Linda and Bruce Shore


Michelle was fabulous! She was prompt, attentive, clearly communicated, and when our Heli Hike at Franz Josef Glacier was cancelled due to bad weather, she made sure we received our refund, and she gave us timely updates regarding road closures due to construction and bad weather. And when I left my ipad at the hotel in Mount Cooke, Michelle gave me valuable information about a bus route that would leave Mount Cook in time to get to our next hotel in Christchurch. Because of this, the bus driver arrived later that same day in our new city with my iPad! Michelle is a gem, make sure you don’t lose her!!!!

Linda and Bruce Shore - Canada

Elaine & Scott Keller


Our trip to New Zealand was nothing short of amazing. What a beautiful country! We were lucky enough to spend a month touring both islands, and Christine did an excellent job of listening to my inputs and designing a trip that was just perfect for my husband and me. We cannot say enough good things about First Light Travel or New Zealand.

Elaine & Scott Keller - USA

Steve and Caroline Moss


Hi Christine

We did have a wonderful time in New Zealand and the GPT tour was very good - generally meeting or exceeding our expectations. We really feel we have seen many highlights and were very impressed with the programme and organisation.

Many thanks for your help with all your friendly & efficient contacts.

Many thanks

Steve and Caroline Moss  - UK

David & Tonia Brangwin


First Light Travel put together a wonderful trip for us to New Zealand. The itinerary had us doing things that we have never done before like kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and heli-hiking on a glacier. I am not sure if I would have done these things if I had planned the trip on my own. I do know it would have taken a lot of effort to put everything thing together on my own so I thought it was definitely worth it to use a local travel agent who knew the country. I had compared this trip to a fully guided trip and feel that we got more of our money worth doing a trip this way. We like traveling independently so this made the planning easy and the support was great. We had a couple of the tours canceled because of weather so having an agent to call to make other arrangements was great.

David & Tonia Brangwin   - USA

John and Debra Clemmings

United States of America

Shelley Kirk was so easy to work with. She provided us with lodging and activity options and guided us in our choices, without any pressure to oversell us. When our Milford Sound visit was canceled due to heavy rain and road closures, Rhodri Howell helped us to rebook Doubtful Sound on your public holiday Waitangi Day. Courtesy and professionalism at every turn, thanks for a great experience First Light Travel!

John and Debra Clemmings - United States of America

Julie & Rodney (Rod ) Lehmann

Minnesota USA

We very much enjoyed our trip organized by First Light Travel. We came in with no preconceptions and little knowledge of New Zealand and Salli set up a memorable trip that gave us a bit of everything over a two week visit - adventure, sightseeing, hiking, great cities and overall good times - and set us up to want to visit again for more. Thank you for a great time!

Julie & Rodney (Rod ) Lehmann - Minnesota USA

Geoffrey & Susan Wink


Would highly recommend First Light for their skill in putting together a superb touring holiday, staying at first class sites with great excursions built in. Superb.

Geoffrey & Susan Wink  - UK

Richard and Daphne Sargent


Salli, our consultant, was excellent. She was great at helping to plan our itinerary and made all the arrangements for us. During the trip everything was as expected and we didn’t experience any problems. Salli provided great piece of mind and reassurance. Overall and excellent service and one we use again and recommend.

Richard and Daphne Sargent - UK

Gary & Nancy Houghton


First Light Travel did an amazing job! They took the time to understand our wants, needs and abilities as well as our budget. They planned out our whole itinerary. Hotels, transfers, excursions and car rentals (31 vouchers in all). We were expected and welcomed in every one. Thank you to Jo and Suzie for making our New Zealand experience everything we hoped it would be.

Gary & Nancy Houghton – Canada

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