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Ripiro Beach

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Business Type: Longest drivable beach


Ripiro Beach or Baylys Beach is supposedly the longest ‘driveable’ beach in NZ - from Pouto Lighthouse at the north head of Kaipara Harbour (in the south), to Maunganui Bluff in the north.

Address: Baylys Coast Road, Baylys Beach, New Zealand Northland


North of Auckland, just 10 minutes drive from Dargaville on the Kauri Coast, brings you to this small seaside community.

Baylys Beach is the gateway to Ripiro Beach – New Zealand’s longest driveable beach.

At 104 km long, it is longer, than the more famous Ninety Mile Beach (88km).

Sand dunes on one side – beach on the other, provide fabulous conditions for sand yachting, trail/quad biking, hang gliding and fishing.

Horse trekking and coastal walks also popular – at low tide green lipped mussels can be plucked from the rocks.

The Kauri Coast has many interesting places to visit – you will find relics salvaged from many shipwrecks in the area, on display in nearby Dargaville Museum.

Activities at Ripiro Beach include coastal walks, quad bike riding on the beach, golf, surfing, horse trekking and beach tours by 4-wheel drive bus. Off-roading in 4WDs makes for a fun rollicking ride along the black-sand beaches.

DO NOT attempt it with front-wheel-drive vehicles though.

Surfcasting and surfing are pastimes you are likely to see while visiting the area.

Tip: People sometimes swim here, but think twice before entering the water as  the beach like many along the West Coast, is notorious for underwater rips.


Conveniently located only 5mins off SH 12 on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway between Dargaville and Waipoua Forest, Baylys Beach Holiday Park is the ideal stop-off point when touring Northland or base for enjoying the delightful Kauri Coast.

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