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.


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

Amy & William Roth


We used First Light Travel as first-time visitors to New Zealand. They helped us plan an action packed two week trip. We enjoyed each activity, from kayaking Abel Tasman to hiking a small portion of the Milford Track, from Helicopter trip to Milford Sound and riding aboard an America's Cup sailboat. New Zealand surpassed my expectations in terms of beauty and friendly people!

Amy & William Roth – USA

Ganesh Family


Our family had a memorable holiday in New Zealand in December 2019. This was made possible by Narissa Phipps, our Travel Consultant from First Flight Travel. She was extremely swift in her responses, pro-active in suggesting activities and ensured our comfort and safety throughout the holiday. She put together an amazing array of activities and detailed itinerary in a short span of time, and helped us finalize it.

Suggested itineraries were very detailed, listing out additional activities, if time permitted. We got a handy day-by-day account of where our holiday would take us, to the level of detailing how far apart two places were and how far we had to drive on a given day.

Such Planning to the hilt put us at tremendous ease and gave us great peace of mind. The activities and choice of hotels in each town / city was appropriate and suited our taste. We would give First Light Travel a huge Thumbs Up and will vouch for the fact that they are highly recommended.

Ganesh Family - Singapore

Sheena Chee


This review came a little late (more a year from our trip already) but I guess it's better late than never! We have only compliments for Jo and her team at First Light Travel. She was kind and patient with our questions and planning. It was our first time travelling to Southern NZ and we had ideas on what we were keen on but it was Jo who managed to piece everything together perfectly. We knew we were in good hands when an Earthquake struck near Kaikoura just a day before our flight and we knew we had to make changes to our route and Jo jumped into action by checking all of the routes we were about to take and gave suggestions on detours/re-routing. She even gave daily updates on the weather and checked on us every few days. We will definitely recommend First Light Travel and will hope to visit NZ soon!

Sheena Chee - Singapore

Jörg, Kristin, Renée Theis


Christine and team from firstlightravel tailored the perfect holiday for us. Traveling as a family with a 6 year old child we asked for a camper van trip with a good mix of activities suitable for the whole family, not too long driving distance (max 2-3 hour) and not driving every day in order to have enough time to relax and enjoy as well discovering the various places.

And the trip was exactly as we were looking for. Having firtslighttravel doing all the planning and organization we didn't had to do anything - only enjoying our holiday.

From the first contact until the last day of our holiday, Firstlighttravel took much care of us.

It was one of our best holidays we ever had.

Thank You.

Jörg, Kristin, Renée Theis Germany

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