I swear I say it every year but where has the last year gone? It doesn’t feel like a year since I was writing about 2016 but once again I’ve managed to fit a lot into the last year. Looking back there have been highs and lows but 2017 will be a year that I will always remember, especially the last few months when I’ve been travelling. How did it compare to what I was hoping to get out of the year though?

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I’ve heard Wellington described in a few places as the “coolest little capital in the world”. I’ve been to quite a few capitals I’d describe as cool so I’m not entirely sure how true this claim is but I did really enjoy Wellington and, like the majority of places I’ve visited in New Zealand, could easily have stayed for longer.

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Nelson is said to be the sunniest city in New Zealand and it certainly lived up to its name – the weather was beautiful whilst we were there. We mainly decided to stay in Nelson to break up a few long days travelling but it was a nice place to spend a couple of nights.

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I’d heard mixed things about Christchurch so wasn’t quite sure what to expect and whether we’d have enough to do to fill our time there. As it was, our time there was cut short in order to spend extra time in Kaikoura but I easily could have spent longer in Christchurch and really liked the city. It is very much still in recovery from the 2011 earthquake but I found it to be a positive city which seems to be looking to the future. It’s actually a really exciting time to be there while the city rejuvenates.

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Kaikoura is a small coastal town which is famous for its marine life. In 2016 the main roads to Kaikoura were cut off after an earthquake and even now the northbound road is still closed making it more difficult to get to as it’s no longer on the main route north. Although it’s a small and sleepy little town it’s definitely worth coming to visit and spending a few days here to make sure you can see all of the wildlife.

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