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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 holiday. Here’s what our guests have to say about First Light Travel.

We have over 600 five star online reviews - We are the highest rated New Zealand based travel agent.


Raemona Willis-Middlebrooks


Hello Shelley,

I hope all is well.  I just wanted to take this time to say "THANK YOU!".  I appreciate the time and effort you put into setting up a fabulous trip.  It was the trip of a lifetime.  I appreciated every aspect of my travel and the places that I visited.  Accommodations were wonderful and each place I stayed was very comfortable.  It seems you put the package together in just the right way.  When I needed some time to rest, I had that in my schedule with having either the morning off before a tour or the afternoon/evening after a tour.  You made this vacation a breeze.  All I had to do is be where the itinerary said to be and the time indicated. 

Australia was wonderful, but New Zealand was spectacular.  New Zealand has to be one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited.  I have memories that will be with me forever.  So thank you for all that you did to allow me to be able to have a beautiful experience.  It really pays to have someone who is familiar with the countries you are touring to put something together based on your interests.  You listened to what I wanted and delivered.  I have already recommended you to a colleague who is interested in traveling to Australia and New Zealand.  I will continue to recommend you to anyone I know that ask about Australia and/or New Zealand.  You definitely have one completely satisfied customer in me.  Thank you again.   With great regard. 

Raemona Willis-Middlebrooks - USA

Heather Wisley


I chose first light travel as they provided a unique itinerary which evolved in the course of a lot of discussion with me. Chrissy my consultant really listened, offered lots of helpful information suggestions and advice, and the result was an amazing experience of 6 weeks exploring north and south island safely and supported as a solo traveller relying on public transport. I would never have achieved this on my own. This trip was planned and booked solo however much nearer the time one of my friends asked if she could join me for part of the trip. Chrissy helped to organise a seamless merge in for her too booking identical trips and travel and sharing accommodation. Wonderful service. The system of a detailed daily itinerary and vouchers was easy to use and worked perfectly.

Heather Wisley - UK

Bruce and Jane Miller - USA


Eva Lawson & Lester Knox and Joseph, Kaiyo & Zenko Heinrichs



This is just a little gift box for you and Sali that I put together for you both for all your patience and help during our trip to New Zealand. It’s a little bit from Southern California. The poppy flower is our state flower – please keep doing what you do as the world needs more people like you!

Eva Lawson & Lester Knox and Joseph, Kaiyo & Zenko Heinrichs – USA

Sook Fern Mok and Ken Wong's Honeymoon


We had a lovely honeymoon to New Zealand in October 2019 planned by Melissa, your senior travel consultant. From the get go, she was very responsive and accurate with information. This made planning and booking such an ease. We simply let her know which activities we wanted to attend and what kind of accommodation we wanted, and she planned an entire itinerary for us. We made some tweaks along the way, and she was always happy to accommodate for that. We loved our final itinerary! What I found great about First Light was that it took the hassle of planning itineraries and booking out of our hands and into the company's capable hands. This freed us of time and allowed us to really look forward to our trip. The final itinerary that was given had everything we needed to know i.e. address, telephone numbers, places to see in a city etc. when we didn't have any activities planned on that day. We also really appreciated the pickups (generally from our place of accommodation) the activities had. The hosts at our B&Bs were very warm and inviting and we were made to feel at home immediately,

There were a few activities that were cancelled due to bad weather that were one of the highlights of our trip, so that was disappointing. We really hope to be able to go back and do these activities once more! The photo we have is of us feeding Villa Walton's (in Matamata) baby orphan lambs. The owner kindly allowed us to do the morning feeding, which was exciting!

Thank you, First Light Travel, for a wonderful honeymoon. We will cherish these memories for a long time to come!

Sook and Fern Mok - Singapore


Bobbi & Lance Murray


First Light Travel provides excellent service! We planned our NZ and AU itineraries with their assistance and both trips have been amazing. We had multiple flights and destinations planned and our consultant was kind, courteous, and very quick to notify us immediately of any changes to the itinerary. Our trip was hassle free and so enjoyable. We will definitely continue using their services for any future tours their agency covers. Highly recommend!

Bobbi & Lance Murray – USA

Jill Keals & Shila Kiff

New Zealand

Was such an mazing experience, intend to do more of it. So much beautiful scenery to explore in New Zealand. We loved the kayaking and Walking.

Jill Keals & Shila Kiff – New Zealand

Lauren & Trevor Latham

United States of America

Made this once (hopefully twice) in a lifetime trip so easy and comfortable when booking. Rhondri answered all my 46785 questions, was so very patient, and understood exactly what we wanted out of our vacation. We would 100% use him/the company again. I will be referring them to my friends as I have already had so many inquiries. Thank you for making this trip so memorable!!

Lauren & Trevor Latham - United States of America

Edward, Jo Ann, Nicole & Eric Moldenhauer


For anyone planning to visit New Zealand in the future, we highly recommended the services of First Light Travel. We coordinated with Amelia for a trip that had us hopscotching across both islands. Give her a shout to help plan and coordinate your activities, either high adventure or total relaxation; from economy to luxury.

Every excursion exceeded our expectations; Shotover Jetboat ride, Around the basin bike tour Bike the Bridges and the refreshing and well-deserved wine tasting at the culmination, Real Journeys Milford Sound cruise (spectacular does not pay this justice), Guided Walks New Zealand Routeburn Tract hike with Steven (gorgeous and educational), Nature Connection Volcanoes and Rainforest tour (with boat ride) was fabulous, Te Puia Maori evening event where I was selected to serve as the visiting chief, hongi with the head warrior, dancing the poi and haka, and enjoying delicious food and the scenic geysers, and finally the Waitomo glowworm caves (like nothing you can imagine, like being in outer space).

Thanks to Amelia for making this a trip of a lifetime!

Edward, Jo Ann, Nicole & Eric  Moldenhauer - USA

Patricia Grasso and Paul & Devon van Rhijn


New Zealand has always been at the top of the bucket list, but with so many stunning destinations it was hard to decide  for our trip and a bit overwhelming.  We were happy to have Chrissy, at First Light Travel help us to narrow it down and send us on our way.  Our three week driving trip was truly spectacular and having everything mapped out, but also having the freedom to change our plans on our own, was ideal.  It sounds crazy, but every single day was an adventure for our family. 

We are already thinking about when we can return.

Patricia Grasso and Paul & Devon van Rhijn - USA