Since graduating from university, Elizabeth has now found her true calling “New Zealand Tourism” Born in the central South Island she has an understandable love for the great outdoors and a true passion when it comes to helping people discover our wonderful Country. Elizabeth takes great pride in ensuring our team has the latest information to showcase the very best New Zealand has to offer and fits in perfectly to run First Light Travel’s Customer Services.
After 4 years running other peoples trucks, Steve established his own successful African overland safari company, overseeing operations and logistics between London and some of the most challenging terrain in travel that there is. In 2003, twenty one years later, Stephen returned to New Zealand and is now using his expertise as First Light Travel's Operations Manager.
Having travelled extensively living and working overseas as a ‘Flying Winemaker’ Amelia now calls the beautiful grape growing region of Hawke’s Bay home. When Amelia’s not busy creating another amazing adventure she can be found running (after her 3 children!), practicing pilates, cooking up a storm and of course sipping a glass of New Zealand Wine. Rediscovering her love of the pristine beauty of New Zealand in travels with her family, ensures others benefit from a ‘trip of a lifetime’ planned for them with precision.
Kasey has had a love for travel ever since she can remember. She has travelled to and from Australia more times than she can count – although still claims to be a Kiwi! As well as Australia, she has also explored much of the Pacific Islands and Asia. With a passion for adventure and discovering new destinations, Kasey looks forward to helping you plan a holiday you will never forget!
Nigel has also been involved in tourism for over a decade. Working as a tour guide in Africa, Nigel literally enjoyed it so much that he decided to run the company - becoming the London based Operations Manager. After completing his MBA and spending three years as a Management Consultant, Nigel felt it was time to get back to the good life - travel!
Michelle’s love of travel began as an exchange student in the USA back in her teens, and since then she has travelled across the globe and worked in the travel industry for over twenty years. Michelle is very excited to now be back living in New Zealand and promoting this beautiful country as a travel destination. As a mother of three intrepid young travellers she loves to take her family exploring the wonderful sights and experiences that New Zealand offers.
Sofie says traveling is an essential part of life as a form of celebration, learning and lifestyle. As an experienced independent traveller, she finds it the best way to explore the local customs and people. A lover of all ocean-related activities and an adventurer at heart, Sofie is eager to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of New Zealand, giving you the unique experience of a lifetime that nothing can replace.
Having explored the world, Rhodri knew he was home when he landed in New Zealand. He has a wealth of first hand experience - from a Milford Sound helicopter lifting off from luxury lodge Blanket Bay, rafting a 20 foot high waterfall - to the pitfalls of stranding a campervan on a remote Coromandel beach (he can give you the local tow guy’s number). Let Rhodri tailor a New Zealand journey for you.
Suzie is a proud Kiwi who has travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand and is still awestruck by the beauty and range of activities on offer. With fifteen years previously in the wine industry, and a ‘foodie’ by nature, she has a wealth of insider hot tips on how best to savour New Zealand. Is happiest sitting in a hot tub with a spectacular view following an epic hike, and sipping on a craft beer.
The beauty of New Zealand and huge array of must see and do’s means that the hardest part is ensuring you have enough time to see and do it all. Jo is the very definition of a `travel professional' and thrives on designing the perfect itinerary just for you. An adventurous 13 years diving and sailing her way around the globe, Jo has since returned home to raise her family on the delights that New Zealand has to offer.
Life is all about enjoying it to the max! Its all about family & friends, good food & wine and experiencing as much of the world as possible! Chrissy has a young family, is an avid photographer and has traveled extensively internationally & domestically. She appreciates how lucky New Zealanders really are. “We have it all in our backyard!”
Sisi knew she would move to New Zealand the moment she arrived in the country for her honeymoon. Passionate about fishing, golfing and cruising, she found New Zealand the best place to indulge herself. Having been involved in the travel industry since 2011, she has visited multiple countries in Europe, East and South Asia. Sisi is all about devoting her work to creating an unforgettable vacation for you!
Dmitry has been in travel industry since 1992. He started out in Russia as a guide for American travellers. In 2004 Dmitry finally settled in New Zealand. Since this time he has explored every corner of the country, either with clients or with his own family. Fishing, caving, rafting, walking, quad biking and doing the world’s highest bungee (134m) are amongst the activities he enjoys most.
After 14 years travelling throughout Africa, South America and Europe, including time spent as tour leader, Deb returned to settle back into kiwi life in 2004. Deb has stayed in travel, as a specialist in group and independent custom trips for visitors to New Zealand. Debs loves travel! New Zealand's amazing array of activities and wonderfully friendly people are world class, so a weekend away touring with friends and family is a favourite pastime.
Judith comes from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In 2004 she set out on a world trip, visiting all continents and finally arriving in New Zealand. After an 8 month road trip, claiming to have travelled every road at least once, she decided to stay in what she believes is the most beautiful country in the world. Judith says living here still feels like one continuous holiday - as soon as she steps outside, or even glances out a window!
Bitten by the travel bug when she started in the travel industry at the tender age of seventeen, Shelley has since travelled extensively throughout the world. Whilst in the USA, she worked for several major companies specialising in travel to NZ and Australia. Now settled in the sunny Bay of Plenty with two junior All Blacks in the making, Shelley looks forward to helping you experience the best New Zealand has to offer.
In 2010 Dawn visited New Zealand with her kiwi partner and spent 6 months discovering every inch of this beautiful country. What a way to embark on a career in travel when they decided to call New Zealand home. When she isn’t in the office she will be out exploring more of New Zealand as her bucket list of places to visit is constantly growing! She is dedicated to showing you all how fantastic New Zealand really is!
A seasoned travel professional originating from Germany, Anne loves New Zealand’s fascinating landscapes and can’t decide which area has impressed her the most (so far) – Abel Tasman and the West Coast are definitely on the top list as well as Cape Reinga. Loving city life and the great outdoors she can be found all over the place when she is not in the office. Her biggest adventure here in New Zealand so far was learning how to dive and caving the “Lost World”.
Brent has been involved in tourism for over twenty years. He owned an agency in London for 7 years (Global Connect Travel) running `high end' adventure tours in East Africa and diving holidays in the Red Sea, along with other activities and destinations around the world. Currently attempting to mountain bike all the back country tracks he can find and living to tell the tale!
With more than 30 years experience in the travel industry, there are not many places in New Zealand Christine hasn’t seen. She is passionate about sharing her love of the country and loves the challenge of putting together unforgettable trips. A keen traveller herself, vacations are spent exploring new destinations.
Melissa has been selling New Zealand as a destination to overseas travellers for over 30 years. We are so lucky in New Zealand - we really do have it all here. From rolling mountains to glaciers to windswept beaches and just about everything in between!
From a long motorhome tour of the South Island with my husband to shorter stints in the North Island with our two children, from Stewart Island to Cape Reinga - I love to explore New Zealand and am excited to help people discover our backyard and why Kiwis consider themselves so lucky to live here!
Toni has always been proud to call New Zealand her home. Born and bred in New Zealand she is still constantly awe-struck at the country’s beauty. She loves nothing more than roughing it in the outdoors camping with her fishing rod. Back in her early 20’s she headed off to explore new destinations, from South East Asia, to Europe and Australia. The U.S.A still being on her bucket list where she’s told the best craft beer is made! After settling in back home she started re-exploring her own back yard again. Getting off the beaten track is her only destination in mind when travelling through New Zealand which is why she ends up finding herself in the most stunning locations ever imagined. She believes that it’s her mission to share her knowledge of this fascinating country with like-minded people from all over the world.
I migrated to NZ in 2002 from India to complete my Diploma in Travel & Tourism. I lived in Sydney Australia for the last 4 years and returned to NZ in 2016. I have travelled to USA/Europe and also within India & NZ extensively. Living and working in NZ & Australia I have always loved travelling and love visiting local farmer markets its something I enjoy most during my travels as we get to meet the locals, taste local food and also helps me feed my hunger for food photography. It gives me great satisfaction to work within this industry.
Originating from China, John is obsessed with New Zealand ‘the last pure name in the world’. During his journey through New Zealand, he has jumped from an airplane at 15000 ft and proposed to his girlfriend. That was it they were hooked and they moved permanently to New Zealand for a new life. Now he is professional travel consultant at First Light Travel. John is an avid YouTuber and his channel has many videos sharing his passion for traveling in New Zealand. Let John create a wonderful trip for you.
Anatholy’s vast experiences in the hospitality industry makes him a perfect fit for his accounts role at First Light Travel. Being in the tourism industry for more than a decade in Dubai, the middle east tourism capital of the world. Anatholy also loves travelling and has travelled in some countries in Asia like Thailand, Hongkong, China and Philippines and would now want to explore the beautiful New Zealand and Australia. He believes that everybody needs a break from work and travelling is one of the most enjoyable and an unwinding escape from a busy work place.
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