Baylys Beach is a village of brightly coloured baches (holiday cottages) and a few new mansions, 12km from Dargaville. It lies on 100km-long Ripiro Ocean Beach, a surf-pounded stretch of coast that has been the site of many shipwrecks.
The beach is a gazetted highway: you can drive along the sand at low tide, although it is primarily for 4WDs. Despite being NZ’s longest drivable beach, it’s less well known and hence less travelled than Ninety Mile Beach. Ask locals about conditions and check your car-rental agreement before venturing onto the sand: you probably won't be covered by insurance and if you don't know what you're doing, you're very likely to get stuck. Quad bikes can be hired at the holiday park.