Western Tracks

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Baylys Clifftop Walkway: A short gem of a community-created walk on a well‑formed path between Baylys Beach and Chases Gorge.

This walk boasts colourful cliffs and great views up and down Ripiro Beach.
This is possibly one of the best places to watch the sunset; the cliffs take on an orange/golden hue at sunset.  Return is possible via the beach unless there is a very high tide.

Starts from a small reserve on Ocean View Terrace, Baylys. 40 minutes round trip. Easy/Medium but care needed near cliff edges.
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Ripiro Beach: The 107km long Ripiro Beach is backed by high, golden sand dunes and is the site of many shipwrecks which continue to emerge from the shifting sands.  Ripiro Beach is New Zealand’s longest drivable beach, longer than the more famous but erroneously named 90 Mile Beach at North Cape.

Ripiro Beach can be accessed at several coastal settlements including Pouto, Glinks Gully, Baylys, Omamari and Aranga Beach.  Walk, cycle, ride or drive as far as you like and enjoy the solitude, pounding surf and the golden sandstone cliffs which feature much of the way.  Ripiro Beach is part of the Kaipara Missing Link Cycleway.

Warning: The beach can be dangerous during very high tides or rough seas.  Vehicles should plan to exit the beach well before high tide. Easy.
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Mahuta Gap:  The Mahuta Gap is a rough four‑wheel‑drive track which leads from Mahuta  Road (the start of which is 9km along Mt Wesley Coast Road) to Ripiro Beach.  This route can be traversed on foot, horseback, bicycle and by four‑wheel‑drive vehicles.

If walking, park at the start of Mahuta Road then walk down vehicle access to the beach.  The route passes through a steep-sided gorge.  Flowering Heather provides a pink bonus in spring. Watch for vehicles in narrow gorge. 1 hour return. Easy.
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Pouto Lighthouse: From the carpark at the end of Pouto Road, walk about 7km along an isolated beach and then make a stiff but worthwhile 90m climb up a sandy slope to the historic lighthouse that once guided ships across the treacherous Kaipara bar.  Return along sandstone cliff tops for about a third of the way before descending to the beach. The route is not marked but the lighthouse is visible from beach. Medium.

This route can be done on foot, horseback or four‑wheel‑drive.  While it is possible to cycle along the beach, the 90m climb to the lighthouse requires traversing sand which is too soft to cycle on. 
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Northern Tracks

North Central Tracks

Western Tracks

South Central Tracks

Eastern Tracks

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Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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