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 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.


Colin Leonard and Billie Cantwell


First Light Travel is a first-class operation. From beginning to end everything was perfect. Even when the weather caused problems, Shelley was there to make a smooth change in plans that was perfect. Always in touch and making a special effort to make sure we were happy.

For a stress and worry-free vacation you can't beat First Light!

Colin Leonard and Billie Cantwell - USA

Erik Reynolds & Liz Kirchhoff


Kia Ora Rhodri,

Just wanted to reach out and thank you for all your help planning our vacation. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. Your services and First Light will come highly recommended by us.

We made this little video that followed our adventure, and we wanted to share it with you.

Thanks again,

Erik Reynolds & Liz Kirchhoff - USA

Kara Brooks & Ryan Weaver


Let me start with saying that we had about 30 days to plan a 7 day trip to New Zealand and we had no idea where to start. First Light Travel's website had so many ideas showcasing different types of trip options from self driving to small group tours that it was hard to choose what path we wanted to take. We settled on the South Island and decided on a self driving tour which I would highly recommend because there are so many stopping points along the way that we wouldn't have been able to stop at if we were on a group schedule. And once you are out of the big cities, driving on the other side of the road is not as intimidating as it seems. We worked with Deb at First Light Travel and she was quick to respond to our questions and put together a personal itinerary just for us that fit our budget. The printed itinerary was so exact with a day by day break down of each activity and hotel that we never had to worry about forgetting anything. Just read your itinerary! The entire trip was incredible and we had to pinch ourselves that we were in New Zealand! We experienced more than normal amounts of rain while we were there, but let me tell you that we were not disappointed. The South Island of New Zealand is a beautiful and diverse island full of amazing sights. YOU MUST VISIT!!!

Kara Brooks & Ryan Weaver - USA

Patricia and Steven Aboud


First Light Travel created our trip of a lifetime. It was a 2 month vacation in New Zealand and Australia, and had many different activites, accommodations, travel arrangements and scheduling. Everything about our trip went well, with not one single glitch.

Patrica & Steven Aboud – Canada

Celia Carroll


The self-drive tour, arranged by First Light Travel, was more rewarding and exciting than we imagined it would be. We wanted to see as many rare New Zealand animals as possible! We saw marine mammals, the world's rarest penguins and flightless birds. Wally the Buff Weka's photo is here - an easy subject due to his approachability! Be sure to have a good wildlife camera.

Celia and Larry Carroll - USA

Kim and Jeff McCord

Vancover Canada

Hi Melissa

We are home now and want you to know we had a fantastic time in New Zealand. Such a beautiful country, people were so friendly and the scenery spectacular. We want to thank you as well for planning such a great trip. Your attention to detail and quick responses whenever we emailed were very much appreciated. We would highly recommend you.

Thanks again Melissa!! You made our vacation very special

Kim and Jeff McCord - Vancover Canada

Kazuie & Yuki Nagano


First Light Travel provided me with a very reliable, accurate, interesting, stress-free itinerary that was more than my expectation. Thank you First Light Travel and the agent who gave me good information and advice!!

Kazuie & Yuki Nagano - Japan

Sandy and Joe


Hi Christine,

We’re at the airport at CHC. We’ve had such a spectacular time. Know that we spent most of the trip smiling and many of those were attributable to you and how you worked with me.

I can’t thank you enough.

Sandy  and Joe - Canada

Eric & Leanne Steacy


My first time to NZ & what a trip. First Light Travel were exceptional in helping to plan our itinerary, & the trip went well without a hitch. The whole process went like clockwork & the voucher system for bookings made it so much easier for us. I would definitely use First Light Travel for any trip to NZ. Great communication & feedback - essential when planning a trip.

Just go to First Light Travel as your No 1 travel site.

Eric & Leanne Steacy - Australia

Kerri & John Makekau's Honeymoon


First Light Travel knows exactly what they’re doing! They were amazing through the whole planning process and there were no issues arriving to New Zealand. We had the best honeymoon traveling all over New Zealand and had no worries thanks to First Light Travel. From the excursions to the cute bed and breakfasts to the transportation set up, First Light Travel did an amazing job handling it all!

Kerri & John Makekau - USA

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