This easy and enjoyable track begins at Kai Iwi Lakes Road and heads over farmland to the expansive Ripiro Beach (30 minutes). Return back along the same track or continue north along Ripiro Beach to the other end at Aranga Beach Road (a further 1 hour 30 minutes). The view to the north is dominated by the majestic Maunganui Bluff in the distance, and marks the end of this track.
Access is from Kai Iwi Lakes Road. From Dargaville, head north on SH12 for 23.6 km. Turn left onto Omamari Road and follow this for 7.6 km, then turn right into Kai Iwi Lakes Road and follow this for 4.8 km. The start of the track is signposted on the left of the road.
To walk the track in reverse, start on the northern end on Aranga Beach Road. From Dargaville, head north on SH12 for 36 km, then turn left onto Aranga Beach Road and continue for 6.5 km to the road end.
Access along the coastline is limited to the intertidal zone – the land above high tide is private land and trespassers may be prosecuted.
When crossing farmland there will be cattle and some may come close to you. Keep watch for any aggressive or threatening behaviour from cattle.