Castlepoint Lighthouse
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Stopticklingmeplease
Whanganui, New Zealand159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
An easy-ish walk up to the top on a good footpath makes it achievable for most people. The view from several seats up to the top is wonderful. The wind can be very blustery but adds to the whole experience.
Well worth the effort.
At night the lighthouse changes colours which is different!
Written November 7, 2022
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Anglokiwi1
London, UK185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It was very windy when we visited Castlepoint Lighthouse but still very rewarding when you reach the top. 360 degree views take your camera for great photos. It is a fairly easy walk to the lighthouse and above.
Written March 17, 2024
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WCOB
Paekakariki, New Zealand387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
This is the crown jewel for a visit to Castlepoint. I was lucky it was a sunny hot day to explore the lighthouse and Castle Rock. The lighthouse is easily accessible for people of all ages and ability. The surrounding rocks are fun to walk around and take photos of the magnificent vista. A walk to the top of Castle Rock offers spectacular views. You may also see some seals at the base.
Written January 10, 2021
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We didn’t have high expectations of this place but were very pleasantly surprised.
Scenic short walk up to the lighthouse with excellent views of the town, bay, lagoon and castle rock. Interesting rock formations.
There is also a walk up to castle rock, which we did not do. There’s plenty of coastline to walk along too.
It’s a bit out of the way (2-2.5 hours of driving from Palmy) but well worth it. Could easily spend a day relaxing here. Or even stay over night at the holiday park. Would visit again.
Written July 2, 2023
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Ken
Auckland, New Zealand53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
This was a fantastic place to visit, the lighthouse was incredible and the views are immaculate. Highly recommend and it's worth the visit. Also the drive to the location from Masterton is one of the most scenics drives I've ever had.
Written June 27, 2022
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Jo D
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This fascinating beach and lighthouse is about an hour's drive from Masterton. We loved the unspoilt beauty of the coast, the houses and the beach. The history of the formation of the Castle Rock is so interesting from geology point of view.
Written November 1, 2021
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410shaek
Coomera, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
About a 1.5hr drive from Masterton with spectacular scenery on the way to Castlepoint. It’s a small beachy town with a fun beach when the tide is low. Once there it’s a short walk up to the lighthouse with seating available at multiple points along the track. It has such beautiful views and is well worth the trip. I went with restless teenagers and a young child and all enjoyed the day visit.
Written April 6, 2018
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TrevorFJ
Wellington, New Zealand73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
Castlepoint is a magic spot. First discovered and named by Captain Cook. It is about an hours drive East from Masterton Wairarapa on sealed road. Pass through the village on Tinui on the way and enjoy the food at the local pub. Tinui is also the first place in the world to erect an ANZAC memorial and walk. A strenuous 2 hour slog up a local mountain. Bring your food and drink as the Castlepoint cafe is poor and overpriced. And fill up with petrol first too! The Castlepoint village is surrounded by Castlepoint Station so cannot be further expanded so will keep its quaint feel. There are extensive wild beaches ( along which there is the annual horse race in March. Also a safe lagoon for children to play. A walk up to the lighthouse is a must but hold on in a strong wind. Enjoy the expansive views. Watch the local fishermen launch their boats with tractors. Fantastic fishing. Perfect for the whole family.
Written August 28, 2014
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
When planning our NZ trip with a stop at Martinborough I knew that we'd be within reach of either Castlepoint Lighthouse or Palliser Lighthouse and that we would visit one or the other. It turned out that Castlepoint won the vote with us.

We're usually attracted to lighthouses because of their often scenic and remote location and this one is no exception. It took us 90 minutes (each way) to drive to it from Martinborough and the scenery on arrival was absolutely worth it.

The road is sealed all the way and there is a car park and toilets at the end of the shore road. There is also parking along the roadside opposite the beach and cafe/store in the township itself - no need to park on the beach. Sadly we witnessed some people even taking their 4 wheel drive vehicles along the beach to the lagoon, circling around and coming back. Done that, got the photo?

From the official car park there are a few options for exploring the area.

If you plan to climb up Castle Rock the trail is marked "Deliverance Cove Track" and this follows a route through trees behind the dunes - this is apparently the easiest route and allows for return along the lagoon beach if you choose. It is also possible to cross over the dunes and walk along the lagoon beach and join the trail from the far end. The track winds its way up the steep hill for great views.

Sadly, much as I was tempted, we didn't have time to climb up Castle Rock. To get to the lighthouse we just headed across the beach towards the concrete path on the far side. The beach here is firm sand so it's easy to walk on. Previously there was a wooden causeway which no longer exists so it may be if the tide is particularly high there will be no access to the lighthouse.

There were several boats "parked" on tractor/trailers in this area, known locally as "The Gap". The boats steer onto a partially submerged trailer just offshore and then get hauled from the sea when returning to port - it must be an interesting operation to witness but not one which we did.

The path to the lighthouse is up a gradual slope but there are interpretation boards and benches to qualify for stops on the route if needed - any excuse. The rock surrounding the path is embedded with shell fossils which are clear to see.

The lighthouse tower is not accessible to the public but at 23 metres high is quite imposing to see, especially in the setting. There are some wooden steps leading to a platform which provides an overall view of the tower and the surrounding landscape - quite spectacular. We followed the path along the rocky cliffs below the lighthouse where erosion has created some unusual sculptures. It gives a sense of the power of the sea in the area, hence the lighthouse location. A bit of care is required here as there are big drops into the sea and no fencing.

We wandered back down to the beach and followed it alongside the lagoon. There are warning signs advising not to walk on the rocks which create the lagoon as the sea breaches them at points and it's something which we witnessed. There have apparently been injuries previously with people being caught by surprise and we could see why.

At the far end of the beach, with fantastic reflections on the shallow water, we watched a surfer further out trying to take advantage of the waves below the towering Castle Rock. Looking back towards the lighthouse was also a picture postcard scene.

We headed back to the car park via the sand dunes and got lunch of burgers from the Castlepoint Store which also doubles as a cafe. There's seating inside and picnic benches close by to have some food and drink with a view. No toilets in the cafe but there are public ones nearby and also back at the car park.

Overall an enjoyable day out and we could easily have spent more time in the area if our itinerary had permitted - two nights at Martinborough was not enough.

We visited in March 2020, prior to Covid-19 lockdown.
Written July 26, 2020
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Shawn C
Wellington, New Zealand818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Getting there is a commitment, it is about 45min from Masterton and there very little on the way. I'd also check the tides and the weather carefully. Once you are at the point, there is a small cafe and only a public toilet. Carparks could be difficult to find at peak times. The walk up to the lighthouse has no stairs but is inclined a bit. The rest of the walk up to the highest part of the point does have stairs. The views are glorious. The beach is lovely and the water was clear and cool.
Written November 23, 2019
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