Ripiro Beach

Ripiro Beach stretches 107km along Kaipara District’s western coast from the Poutō Peninsula to Maunganui Bluff.

With several access points, long stretches of unoccupied sand, great fishing spots, and excellent place to walk dogs, horses and more, it’s a pretty popular space in Te Tai Tokerau Northland. People come from all over to enjoy the sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of the beach and all it offers.


Kaipara District Council maintains public toilets at Baylys Beach, Glinks Gully, Maunganui Bluff, and Poutō Point.

Driving on Ripiro Beach

The beach is a legal road and so the road rules must be followed - standard New Zealand rules apply on the beach. Drive slowly and carefully – especially near children, other beach users and wildlife. There are 30km/h speed limits on sections of Ripiro beach at beach entrances. These are set by Kaipara District Council and monitored by NZ Police.


On Ripiro Beach dogs must be on leash at Aranga Beach, Baylys Beach, Glinks Gully, and around the Poutō Point Lighthouse Reserve. Check out our do’s and don’ts for exercising your dog when exercising your dog in Kaipara, as well as an interactive map showing on and off-leash dog walking areas. It also shows you where dogs are prohibited. Thank you for taking the lead.


Please take any rubbish and recycling you create at Ripiro Beach home with you to lessen the environmental impact during your visit. Kaipara has two refuse transfer stations, one in Dargaville and one in Hakaru. Check out their location and open hours.

Ripiro Beach management plan project

The Ripiro Beach management plan project aims to set a pathway to making Ripiro Beach a safer place for everyone.

The project was set up by Kaipara District Council in June 2021 and has since evolved into an ongoing working group of agencies holding jurisdiction over the beach, Mana Whenua and the community to establish a collective approach to managing the 107km stretch of coastline and the surrounding environment.

The working group is comprised of representatives from community, Department of Conservation, Fire and Emergency NZ, Kaipara District Council, Kauri Coast 4WD Club, Northland Regional Council, NZ Police, Red Hill MotoX Club, Te Roroa, and Te Uri o Hau.

Who to contact if you are concerned about behaviour on Ripiro Beach

The following organisations are responsible for monitoring and enforcing activity along Ripiro Beach.

Kaipara District Council

  • Dangerous dogs
  • Damage to Council reserves or infrastructure
  • Rubbish dumped on Council land

Contact Kaipara District Council on 0800 727 059 or using the ‘Report It’ function on your Antenno app.

NZ Police

  • Illegal activity
  • Enforcing road rules

In an emergency, dial 111. To report unsafe driving, dial *555.

Northland Regional Council

  • Damage shellfish beds by vehicles
  • Damage to sand dunes/destruction of vegetation

Call the 24/7 Environmental Hotline on 0800 504 639. For general enquiries call 0800 002 004.

Department of Conservation

  • Vehicle endangering marine life
  • Disturbance of birds and other wildlife
  • Damage to public conservation land

Call the emergency hotline on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). For general enquiries, contact