New Zealand Self Drive Tour Reviews

First Light Travel 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 1000 five star online reviews - We are the highest rated New Zealand based travel agent and we have been around for nearly a quarter century!


Bob & Gabriella Trijbetz

Cathedral Cove

The level of adventure for our age (61 and 62) was just tailormade. We absolutely loved to go on bushwalks with local guides to the most prestine areas, which were nearly impossible to find on our own. The fear of getting lost in these National Parks would stop us of even trying to go there. The selection of cruises and boat trips was also something we wouldn't have found by ourselves. The overwhelming choice on the internet is confusing. The choice of accomodation in Kinara Country Homestay and 124 on Brunswick are good examples of top choices.

Thanks Chrissy

Bob & Gabriella Trijbetz (Australia)

Larry and Lorraine Parks

Lake Taupo

Hi Shelley!

Today was wonderful including our guests! New Zealand is treating a well! Job well done Shelley! Thank you!

Larry and Lorraine Parks (USA)

Michiyo & John

Diving New Zealand

Hello Verity!

We REALLY had an amazing time and hope we can get back one of these days.

Michiyo & John (USA)

Diane, David, Brendon and Emily

New Zealand Bush

Our travel agent Victoria was great. Our itinerary was tailored to our budget and interests. The trip package received was well organized and easy to use. We had no problems with transportation ( car, train and flights), the accommodations were great and all trip coupons were well received ( didn't need to worry about bringing cash). Overall experience was great, would

We would definitely use First First Travel again.

Diane, David, Brendon and Emily (Canada)

Scott Boon

Mt Doom

We had a great trip planned by Verity. We had a list of things we knew we wanted to do based on a friend's experience in NZ. First Light crafted a great itinerary
for us hitting all the things we wanted to do. They picked out great hotels and bed and breakfasts for us to stay at.

Everything was prebooked and our entire trip went smoothly. I was very satisfied with using First Light Travel to plan our trip to New Zealand and would definitely recommend them.

Scott Boon (USA)

Julia Mace

LoTR Tour NZ

Hello Victoria. 

Everything that you booked for me went really smoothly and you accommodated all of my requests and changes. With my very best wishes and many thanks for making my dream vacation a reality,

Julia Mace - UK (photo while on a Lord of the Rings tour)

Arularasi Asokmani

Dmitry the Guide

Hi Chrissy,

My family and I had a wonderful 2 weeks in New Zealand. Truly god's own country. Loved every minute of the journey. It was very well planned and everything went smoothly.

Thank you for assigning Dmitry as our guide, he made our holiday even more pleasant and memorable. He was very accommodating, considerate and very patient and caring too. Also his oceanic knowledge coupled with spot on answers to our questions was really remarkable. He definitely inspired my cousin and I.

Once again, thank you so much!!


Arularasi Asokmani

Singapore (Photo is of Dmitry the Guide)

Wim and Olga

South Canterbury

Thanks to First Light Travel has for us our holiday in New Zealand become an unforgettable experience. We have chosen for First Light Travel because of their knowledge of New Zealand they were able to compose a holiday for us that was pretty different than travel agents in The Netherlands could offer us. We recommend First Light Travel to everyone in The Netherlands who consider a holiday in New Zealand. 

Wim and Olga

Anne Simons

Humpridge Track

Dear Suzie,

I finally have a minute to write to thank you for our awesome trip. We are so appreciative of how smooth and in order the part of the trip that you planned was, and how it was just perfect for our preferences and styles. We hope to be able to return and hope you will work with us again. 

A belated Happy New Year.


Anne Simons

Teena Rasmussen Maui

Glacier Landing
Hawaii USA

Our recent two week trip to New Zealand was the best vacation we have ever had! The breathtaking beauty and the genuine and friendly people of New Zealand make this destination a must on everyone's bucket list. I credit First Light Travel for making the trip logistically perfect for us.

Due to friends that had recently returned from New Zealand, we knew what cities and towns we wanted to visit on the South Island, but we had no idea how and where to book our accommodations and the activities. I went online to find a company based in New Zealand, and was very happy when I found First Light Travel. I made a call and immediately was connected to a wonderful agent named Verity. She was extraordinarily

helpful and had a complete itinerary with rooms and activities for me to approve within three short days. She promptly answered all my questions whenever I emailed her, and by departure day, I was confident that everything was in place with our transportation, rooms, car, and activities. The best thing was that virtually every step of our trip went off without a hitch.

The rooms all exceeded our expectations, the activities were so fun and scenic. Our itinerary came with travel times and very clear directions and addresses for hotels, lodges, etc. We were able to plan our drive times accordingly, and we were always able to go at a leisurely pace and stop wherever we wanted. I will recommend First Light Travel to all of our friends who are planning a New Zealand trip. We were very happy with their friendly, efficient service, and most of all the depth of their knowledge about New Zealand and everything it has to offer.

Teena Rasmussen Maui - Hawaii

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