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.


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

Chi Piu WAN (Bill) Group

Hong Kong

Dear Brent,

 I, Mr. Chi Piu WAN (English name Bill) on behalf of my group (total 15 persons), would like to express our gratitude on the excellent performance of your staff Ms Sofie Liu.   Her great performance has been well recognised by me and all of my group members.  She follows up closely and perfectly the trip planning including accommodations, meal and sightseeing routes for our group as well as quickly, precise and adequate communications with me over the past months since March this year.  

Her professional knowledge and her excellent working attitude have been proved throughout this period of time which is particularly demonstrated in resolving sudden incidents/problems of the recent road blockages due to heavy raining and land sliding at west coast of South Island.  As a result, the original planned activities for our group such as helicopter tour (30 minutes) at a Franz Josef and Fox glaciers arranged on 23 Dec 2019 were all affected, not to mention the booked hotel at Franz. 

With her excellent and quick rearrangement, helicopter tour (35 minutes) at Mt Cook as well as accommodation change can be arranged and confirmed within two days time which include the time spent for the communication via emails, back and forth,  between Sofie and myself (in Hong Kong).  

Actually, at the time of writing this email, I am still in Hong Kong and get preparation for departure with my group on tomorrow afternoon (21 Dec).

I have to emphasise herein that not just myself but also all my group members we are all appreciated for Sofie and therefore would like to express our big thanks to her and your company. 

Trust you and your company with great success. 


Bill Wan - Hong Kong

Anne & Tom Banks


Thank you, Christine and First Light Travel for a wonderful holiday. We usually research and book holidays ourselves so this is the first time we have used a travel agent. We were a little apprehensive, to begin with, but Christine soon reassured us with her cheery, helpful emails. We certainly needn't have worried, you have all been totally amazing in every way. We will recommend you to friends and family and of course, get in touch again if we plan a holiday to Australia.

Best wishes Anne & Tom Banks - UK

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

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