Jess is a Wanderer at Mt. Parihaka

Jess is a Wanderer was faced with another rainy day in New Zealand’s Northland but that didn’t stop the adventure commencing. Mount Parihaka is only around 240m above sea level but offers some lovely views of Wharangei city and harbour below. There are several options for what to do or how to see the mountain. From […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Peach Cove

Jess is a Wanderer had been told how lovely Peach Cove is. Therefore, there was only one thing to do and that was to go and see it for myself. Armed with a couple of bottles of water, I headed off to Wharangei Heads and the coastal walkway which would lead me down to the […]

Jess is a Wanderer Ocean Beach to Peach Cove

Jess is a Wanderer left the main city of Wharangei – where I’d been staying with couch surfing host James – to head for the coast of Wharangei Heads in order to complete this section of the walk. Initially, I’d intended to do Ocean Beach to Uruquharts Bay but managed to get lost. As I […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Tutukaka Lighthouse

The Tutukaka stretch of coastline is pretty fantastic to see. Crystal clear turquoise water contrasting against the green of the bush or the grey of the rocks, even on an overcast day, it’s stunning to see. Jess is a Wanderer headed out to tramp to the lighthouse.  The walk is a 2km round trip and […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Whangarei Falls

Jess is a Wanderer headed out in search of Te Mata Peak whilst visiting Hawke’s Bay. Te Mata Park offers a variety of different walking trails around ‘the sleeping giant’ as the name translates. There are different colours ranging in difficulty and length. I somehow managed to do the red, blue and yellow trails – […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Waipu Caves

It was a rainy day in New Zealand’s Northland when Jess is a Wanderer headed over to Waipu Caves in search of shelter from the storm. Armed with a head-torch, camera and tripod deep underground is where the adventure took place.  If you’re visiting, you will need a head-torch or handheld torch or some form of […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Mangawhai Clifftops

Mangawahai Beach is a beautiful spot that’s perfect for water-sports, sunbathing or hiking. There are plenty of trails offering perfect viewpoints or longer, more challenging, treks across the clifftops. I did the Mangawhai Clifftops route which is about 3.5km one way. You can carry on another 2km and down about 200 steps and then walk […]

Jess is a Wanderer at Mount Manaia

Jess is a Wanderer headed to New Zealand’s Northland – aka anywhere above Auckland on the North Island. Staying in Waipu, I headed to Whangarei Heads in search of some adventure. Taking approximately an hour each way, you climb up to the pointy bits seen in this pic. It’s an arduous walk with approximately 1000 […]