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


Paul Morimoto and Kelli Zmiarovich's Honeymoon


We only had ten days to spend in New Zealand for our belated honeymoon and Kasey did an amazing job of getting everything we wanted to see and do in, without making if feel like we would need a vacation after our vacation. We plan to visit again, and will absolutely use First Light Travel again! 

Paul Morimoto and Kelli Zmiarovich - Hawaii

Martin Kocian and Sharon Boons Honeymoon

Czech Republic

First Light Travel did a great job planning our 5 week honeymoon to New Zealand! Our advisor, Michelle was very knowledgeable and helpful in creating a tailored itinerary for us. We had a wonderful time and when the unexpected happened - we were booked for the White Island Volcano tour 1 week after the tragic eruption happened – First Light refunded any cancelled activities and had an alternative itinerary ready.

Thank you for making our honeymoon exceptional! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to tour NZ!

Martin Kocian and Sharon Boon – Czech Republic

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


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

Sarah Futernick and Matthew Peven's Honeymoon


My husband and I debated for months where we should go for our honeymoon, but after our first call with Toni from First Light Travel, it became clear to us that New Zealand was the right choice. From the very beginning, Toni was friendly, informative, and just incredibly helpful. We quickly learned that New Zealand had so much to offer, with locations and excursions that fit perfectly with our personalities and desired trip. Toni took the time to listen to our preferences, understand our time frame, and respect our budget. We made a few tweaks to our itinerary, but it didn't take much work at all to craft the perfect 2 week excursion.

While the planning process itself was noteworthy, our actually trip exceeded our expectations in every way. Travel was not only easy, but enjoyable. Ever taxi, transfer, booking and reservation went smoothly and on time. Every hotel was stayed at was friendly and accommodating, and the materials prepared by First Light (and given to us upon arrival) provided just the right amount of detail to make sure our trip went off without any issue. We fell in love with New Zealand, and it's with thanks to First Light Travel for making sure we made the most of our time in such a beautiful country. We really couldn't be any happier with our experience!

Sarah Futernick and Matthew Peven - USA


Imogen and Robert Hesford’s Honeymoon

United Kingdom

Hi Christine,

We are just flying back from Auckland today (after taking a detour to the Cook Islands for a few nights after NZ) we had the BEST honeymoon trip thank you so much for all your help and organisation. The trip went so smoothly thanks to all your help and documents ready to go and definitely exceeded our expectations.

I’ll definitely put the reviews up when we are back in the UK, thanks again!

Imogen and Robert  Hesford – United Kingdom

Anita Del Corpo and Julian Fera's Honeymoon


We are Anita & Julian from Canada and we highly recommend booking your New Zealand vacation with First Light Travel. From the beginning to the end our experience was an amazing one. Michelle took her time to listen to our needs and wants and booked us an itinerary that was perfectly planned and well thought out. From each accommodation to our car rental to our boat cruise in Milford Sound, our first time visiting New Zealand will always be a memorable one. Booking with First Light Travel made it easy for us to enjoy our vacation without having to worry about all the little tiny details while we were there. We were able to soak up every amazing minute of it!!

Anita Del Corpo and Julian Fera – Canada

Bethany Lee & Matthew Griffin's Honeymoon

United States of America

Our trip to the north island of New Zealand was amazing!!! We are so happy with First Light’s services—especially our travel agent Christine. She was very prompt and helpful throughout the entire process. We had a couple unforeseen events occur during the trip and she was there to help however she could. The hotels and excursions were on point for what we told Christine we wanted and were interested in. We plan on using First Light again for our next trip to the South Island!

Bethany Lee & Matthew Griffin - United States of America

Alex & Kelley Ehrlich's Honeymoon

United States of America

Wow, what a truly amazing experience, First Light Travel put together for our honeymoon. With very little input, other than knowing we wanted to experience the entire island in a 2 week period, she was able to plan a once in a lifetime trip. A trip that met and exceeded all of our expectations. From the wine tours on Waiheke Island and around Nelson, the kayaking and hiking around Abel Tasman, the helicopter ride to the top of a glacier near Queenstown, the stunning beauty of the Milford Sound on a fly/cruise/fly day trip to the round of golf along Lake Wakatipu with The Remarkables as a backdrop.

We cannot recommend the team at First Light Travel enough. Thank you for the countless memories!

Alex & Kelley Ehrlich - United States of America

Lauren and Philip Marsiglia's Honeymoon


Hey Jo!

Just wanted to email you and let you know that we had the absolute BEST honeymoon in New Zealand! Everything was completely flawless and so easy. The itinerary suited us so well. All the planned activities were perfect - we thoroughly enjoyed each one. The accommodations were great - we loved every place we stayed. Everything was just incredible. We can't thank you enough and truly appreciate all your help planning the greatest 2-week vacation for us! Thank you again!

 Lauren and Philip Marsiglia - USA

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