Why Book With Us


13 good reasons why you should book your trip to New Zealand with us...

1. A First Class Travel Planning Service!

We are the highest rated Online Travel Agency for travel to New Zealand and the South Pacific. From the moment you enquire with us, you will have a team of experts looking after you right from those initial planning stages all the way through to the end of your trip. Our Travel Designers are supported by a fantastic Guest Services team who help ensure everything runs supremely smoothly for you.

"We had an amazing and unforgettable experience in New Zealand thanks to the First Light Travel team led by Bernadette Biggelaar!"

Renisa Satrijo, USA - read full review on Google


2. We Save You Precious Time

Don't waste time researching endless itinerary, accommodation and activity options online - we do the hard work for you. As proud kiwis you can trust our recommendations and our personally vetted supplier network - we only suggest products and experiences which have thoroughly impressed us.

"Normally, I would do all this research myself and undergo ALL the emailing, confirming, paying, re-checking, etc. that comes with planning such extensive trips. We were gone for a month. Thank Goodness I decided I didn't have the time and decided to explore finding a NZ travel agent to help us with the planning and suggestions...Don't hesitate. Just contact First Light Travel to help with your NZ travel plans." 

Nancy Voith and Kenneth Stark, USA - read full review on Tripadvisor


3. We Design Your Holiday - Your Way

We know that nothing beats the freedom of independent travel, and you needn't be nervous about handing the holiday planning reins over to us. You can be as involved in the planning stages as much as you little as you like.

"Anna Caudle and the team at First Light Travel did a wonderful job helping us plan the perfect itinerary and arranging all the details."

Courtney & Karen, USA - read full review on Google

First Light Travel Staff

4. 24/7 In Country Support

During your holiday we take a back seat and let you enjoy your independence... except when you need us the most. Knowing there is always a member of the team available after-hours gives you invaluable peace of mind during your stay.

"They did an outstanding job! The travel arrangements, hotels and activities/tours were wonderful. And if we had any questions while en route or in country, someone was always available immediately. We highly recommend them."

Kathy Herzog, USA - read full review on Facebook


5. Tailor-made Itinerary Planning

We know this country incredibly well and will build a custom itinerary to suit you. We shape your bucket list into a logistically approachable and sane journey, no matter how much ground you're looking to cover!

Take a look at a selection of sample itineraries here...


6. New Zealand Knowledge From New Zealand Locals

As a New Zealand based company, our local knowledge is second to none. From hidden beaches you may never have stumbled across on your own to the best fish and chips in the South Island, we'll suggest new experiences around every corner.

Meet our New Zealand-based team

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7. Travel Specialists

Our first-class local knowledge is down to our first-class New Zealand Travel Specialists, who will make your trip easier than you ever dreamed it could be. Patient, responsive and helpful, your personal Travel Specialist will help you accomplish all of your trip-planning goals and work with you to craft an itinerary that ticks all your boxes, plus a few more boxes you hadn't thought of.

"Our New Zealand adventure was truly elevated by the exceptional recommendations and arrangements made by Micala Lindsay of First Light Travel. Micala's keen understanding of our preferences resulted in a meticulously curated itinerary that perfectly balanced accommodations and activities, transforming our vacation into an unforgettable experience."

Claudia & Jeffrey Weissman, USA - read full review on Tripadvisor


8. Top Technology = Speedy Service

As well as their local expertise, our Travel Specialists have access to over 20,000 handpicked New Zealand products at their fingertips thanks to our powerful Enigma system. We are the only New Zealand travel agency with Enigma. Our team can speedily source comfortable transport, unforgettable activities and excellent accommodation tailored to your requirements. This is fuss-free holiday planning at its finest.

"We made a last minute decision to travel to NZ north Island for Christmas 2023. Fight Light Travel were amazing in tailoring an itinerary to suit our timetable and specific interests and recommended places to visit based on our specific interests at such short notice. We had a hassle free holiday. Thank you Tatyana and your team. We will be using FLT again." 

Gregg & Jenny, Australia - read full review on Google


9. Your Own In-depth Itinerary

We piece everything together for you in one easy to read document so that your trip easy to navigate. Just follow the instructions and off you go. Your itinerary features meticulously planned out drives, activity information, booking confirmations, contact numbers and accommodation descriptions.

"Your detailed arrangements, including driving times and reminders, were appreciated. The accommodations selected were clean, comfy and perfect for us. We tell everyone: the visit was worth the long flight and if you want to go, make sure you call Gina at First Light Travel!"

Gregory & Priscilla Laubert, USA - read full review on Google

10. Qualmark Gold Award for Excellence

We're fiercely proud to have achieved the coveted Qualmark Gold rating: this valued NZ award is only given to the best sustainable tourism businesses delivering exceptional customer experiences.

Our Qualmark Gold Award... and what it means for YOU

11. Our Best Price and Value Guarantee

We are confident our pricing gives outstanding value and we guarantee that you will get the best quote and service when you book with us! If you find a lower price published on another legitimate site for exactly the same inclusions we will match it.

Learn more about our Best Price and Value Guarantee 

"When I first sent out a proposed itinerary to 4 travel companies for quotes, First Light Travel was the first one to respond, and also the one with the lowest quote. I highly recommend First Light Travel to anyone planning to travel to New Zealand and Australia. In fact, we are already working with Danielle Mueth on a 2025 trip to Australia, covering Melbourne and several national parks in Victoria."

Christopher Shih, USA - read the full review on Tripadvisor


12. Booking Is Easy

Our booking process is easy as pie, once you are 100% happy with your itinerary all you need to do is complete our easy to use online booking form, pay your deposit and we take care of the rest!

Looking for an Escorted Coach Tour? Our Group Tour Live Availability tool offers instant access to all tours leaving on your chosen start date - and it tells you if those tours are full or close to selling out. Once you know what you want, simply let us know or go straight to the "Book Now" button.


13. We Cover Australia, Fiji and the Pacific Islands Too!

Travelling to Australia and the Pacific Islands as well as New Zealand? Great news - we can look after your travel arrangements here too. Why deal with three different travel agencies when you can have one personal Travel Specialist looking after you from start to finish?

See our combined Australia/New Zealand Fly-Drive Itineraries 

How to enhance your New Zealand Holiday with a Pacific Island stopover

Try us - we know you will be blown away by the quality of our service. Of course you do not have to take our word for it - see what our guests say about us.

Ready to start planning? Just answer a few brief questions here and we will be in touch ASAP.

Pricing terms

The price is based on current exchange rates but is only an approximation. Please contact us for a final price