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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map Ripiro Beach to Pouto Point Lighthouse

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  • #25658
    Rob
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    Anyone know if Pouto lighthouse is whaleable?

    Is it doable on something other than a chook chaser?

    And is anyone keen for a daytrip before daylight saving ends?

    thanks

    #25659
    glitch_oz
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    <cite> @Rob_Roy said:</cite>
    …. whaleable??????

    …chook chaser??????

    What’s “whaleable”?
    …and chookchaser being a full-on dirt-squirter?

    No probs to take nearly anything bar the “Goldwing-Class” across the 10m of slightly deeper sand onto the hardpack at Poutu beach (low tide!!)
    and run it up the beach to below the lighthouse. Making it up the dunes is another matter though.

    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6335&page=6 (post #28 onwards)

    Great spot, well worth the ride…Poutu Point and Kellys Bay are worthwhile stops on the Dargaville-> Poutu stretch.

    More on Ripiro Beach (Pouto -> Aranga) here:
    http://www.austouring.com/forum/showpost.php?p=72707&postcount=5

    #25661
    Eddieb
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    We don’t have a GPS tracklog down to the lighthouse, hint hint

    #25664
    Eddieb
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    #25665
    glitch_oz
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    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    P.s this is quite a cool little track up there https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/gps-tracks-rides/north-island-tracks/pawanui-road/

    On a good day it would be….walked up it late Oct and the first ~150-200m from the beach-hardpack were a heart-pounding, sweat-squirting affair. And that was just walking…it was THAT deep and loose/ no “escape” lines anywhere.
    Getting a bunch of loaded 1200’s through there would take a good while…
    Same for the creek at Kai Iwi Lakes…Omamari Beach was easy on the sand, but the river crossing looked about 1m deep.
    Then again…it’s all sand, things change fairly quickly.

    #25666
    Eddieb
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    @glitch_oz said:
    On a good day it would be….walked up it late Oct and the first ~150-200m from the beach-hardpack were a heart-pounding, sweat-squirting affair. And that was just walking…it was THAT deep and loose/ no “escape” lines anywhere.
    Getting a bunch of loaded 1200’s through there would take a good while…
    Same for the creek at Kai Iwi Lakes…Omamari Beach was easy on the sand, but the river crossing looked about 1m deep.
    Then again…it’s all sand, things change fairly quickly.

    Yes, I do recommend on the Pawanui Road page that it’s best ridden East To West/Inland to Beach direction.

    #25669
    Daniel Fisher
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    Last time I went down there jumped on at Baylys, it was the easiest beach entry Ive ever done. Would be no problem on a big bike. You would have to be very experienced to try and make it up the massive dune at Pouto Point to reach the lighthouse. I was knacked from following the 4×4 boys in the dune tracks so I didn’t even attempt it, went fishing instead haha. Photo doesn’t do it justice, it’s a very long way up and was wavy, so the biggest issue would be keeping speed up to climb it. Also I wouldn’t recommend getting to Pouto lighthouse from the southern end, the 4×4 guys I was with don’t go near it as it’s normally way too soft and can be like quicksand.

    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    We don’t have a GPS tracklog down to the lighthouse, hint hint

    I have a short 4km track log of a trail behind the dunes south of Glinks if you interested? Also have track log of mountain road but I forgot to take a photo *DOH*

    #25673
    glitch_oz
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    Mahuta Gap Rd. (just south of Baylys Beach, off Mahuta Rd./ Mt. Wesley Rd.) is another fairly easy entry.
    Popular with the local 4WDs and fishermen to avoid the tourist-hubbab at Baylys.
    Narrow valley barely containing the twin-track, it’s another “wet” entry/ exit (sort of like Te Paki up 90Mile).
    Good for getting off the beach with a decent freshwater- splash to get any salt off the bikes. Mind oncoming traffic, it’ll get very squeezy with panniers/ bags on.

    #25821
    Eddieb
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    If you have any pics of the lighthouse and riding up to it please post them up.

    I tried riding down the Harbour side of Poutu Point a few years ago and didn’t have much luck.

    #25856
    glitch_oz
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    <cite> @Eddieb said:</cite>
    We don’t have a GPS tracklog down to the lighthouse, hint hint

    Sorry, can’t help there.
    Still no GPS/ Facebook/ Mobile Phones or “antisocial networking” here. Old School only, shrug.

    #25862
    Eddieb
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    Thanks to Chris Cole we now have a track for Poutu Point down to the lighthouse so this topic has been attached to the track page.

    #31779
    Daniel Fisher
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    Went down Ripiro Beach from Bayleys with the group doing the Kaipara 600. Gave it a crack up to the lighthouse. Made it up there without too much hassle. It was much less wavy this time around, but the key as with all sand is just keeping up the speed and momentum. One guy got near the top and launched his bike when the dune disappeared into thin air! We also made our way round Pouto Point, it was soft in places but nothing like what Eddie experienced. I guess just like the dune system it changes from day to day.

    Lighthouse

    Dune

    Dune Jumper

    #31862
    Adventure Moto
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    Good Effort Dan, you were one of only 6 bikes to make it up to the lighthouse.

    #31873
    James C
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    Absolutely Stunning. Planning on doing a over-nighter and some exploring in Dec.

    #35609
    Eddieb
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    Like Muriwai and Karioitahi beaches, Ripiro Beach is now in the spotlight due to too many idiots causing problems in vehicles.

    Brace ourselves for another beach with tighter restrictions for access.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/toxic-cocktail-of-speed-and-too-many-vehicles-on-northland-beach-threatening-lives/IRHQNXEY5HFKVYNLHWATNZFROI/

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