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We were there when the tide was low & we could even drive on the 'sea' when the GPS wanted us to... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018

This lighthouse doesn’t need any filters because it really is as stunning as it looks in the... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
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Masterton Castlepoint Road | Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, Castlepoint, New Zealand
+64 6-377 0700
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

We were there when the tide was low & we could even drive on the 'sea' when the GPS wanted us to find the nearest land to drive! Gazing at the sea while walking up the lighthouse was so pleasant. One just feel so unreal....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

This lighthouse doesn’t need any filters because it really is as stunning as it looks in the pictures. Definitely worth the walk up to the top of the cliff. Also time it right to see the fishing trawlers on the move. A great spot for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jessisaw
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Castlepoint is a stunning place to see. So much to see and do. Walking up to the lighthouse gives you a very nice view of the settlement. Also makes you aware of not turning your back on the sea a freak wave can be known...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank _richnolivia
Reviewed August 14, 2018

It takes a good hour drive along a not so easy road to get out to here and then you better hope the weather has stayed fine. It's OK but nothing super special.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GtheKiwi
Reviewed July 29, 2018

after a good walk up the steps worth the pain lol. 180 dg view can see the seals and at night they light up the base of the light house.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank billjohnson291
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Had a great break away from Wellington for a few days with a view to relaxing reading and a little bit of exploring and there is lots of that to do. Stayed on the beach - never tired of the scenery. Very scenic - you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank PaulS13005
Reviewed June 30, 2018

definitely worth the drive. NZ wild coast at its best. If you want to avoid the main tourist streams come a couple night here

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank G D
Reviewed May 23, 2018

It was a fairly long drive from Masterton to The Castlepoint Lighthouse. We parked in a parking lot and walked across the beach and up the windy path to the lighthouse. The view was spectacular and we later walked quite a distance down the beach...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed May 6, 2018

Loved the views of the sea and mountains from here. The drive out is a bit windy but the road is tar-sealed. Lovely big cliffs and can walk up to the lighthouse and then down steps and back around looking at the great big waves...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank pauldeb_13
Reviewed April 9, 2018

A bit of a drive out there, but the view was worth it. Quite blustery when exposed but blows the cobwebs away.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Lyn M
April 14, 2017|
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Response from Ace_Traveller_NZ | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know if there is a regular bus shuttle service there.
November 22, 2016|
Response from Estevan C |
Go first to Masterton, by upper Hutt. Count three hours with short stops.
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13 day North Island self-drive itinerary (16 Replies)
Hi everyone! Just wondering if the itinerary below is possible? Our greatest concern is whether the drive to and fro Cape Reinga is doable and worth the time. Welcome any sort of feedback. Thank you so much for your time! 15 Nov : Singapore - Auckland (Arriving in Auckland 12pm on 16 Nov) 16 Nov : Auckland - Cape Reinga (Cape Reinga Lighthouse) 17 Nov : Cape Reinga - Waitomo 18 Nov : Waitomo - Whanganui (Blackwater rafting in Waitomo first before heading to Whanganui) 19 Nov :...More
May 27, 2015|
Response fromWalker E|
Not sure what others think but your plan seems a bit ambitious. Auckland to Cape Reigna in a day seems like a long day. What about staying in Kerikeri, Pahia or Coopers beach and doing Reigna the next day. Also, you haven't left much time for the Coromandel. How about an extra day there and leaving out Gisborn?