The wind is caressing my hair, singing a song, whispering it in my ears. I open my eyes and glance down the vast and empty beach before me. Soft waves are curling around my toes, the black sand changing its pattern with every movement. It’s in places like this that I feel it – freedom.
We started the day with some coffee in Okahune and then headed west following the the Pipiriki Raetihi Road until we reached Pipiriki, then kept driving along the Whanganui River. If you have some time and money to spare definitely think about getting a shuttle boat to the Bridge to Nowhere.
The drive along the river to Whanganui is stunning, so take some time to stop and admire the raw beauty of the jungle and the many waterfalls leading into the river. Once we reached Whanganui we took the Great N Road and headed west. On the way we stopped at the Windermere Farms Berry Farm & Cafe, which I couldn’t recommend more! Absolutely beautiful setting, super nice staff and amazing food. And if thats not enough you can go pet the Alpacas behind the cafe. We got some berry smoothies and a mixed berry oat cake, all vegan of course!
We stopped in Waverly and visited the beach, which is an absolute must-see. The sheer endless black sand beach was absolutely empty when we arrived, and was fun to explore with it’s many caves and limestone rock stacks, which you can even climb! We didn’t want to leave this gem behind but had to keep moving. If you spend more time here check out the amazing Waverly Beach Camping Ground.
We drove all the way to Ohawe and spent the night at Ohawe Beach Camp, which is a homey feeling campsite with showers, a kitchen and even free laundry! It’s run by the most lovely lady called Phoebe, who is always up for a friendly chat. We had a little picnic on top of the massive cliffs overlooking the stunning beach and watched the sun set in the ocean.