Walk through the pines above the beach at Castlepoint Scenic Reserve and follow the reserve boundary to the base of Castle Rock. Alternatively walk south along the beach and follow the track up through coastal grassland to meet the boundary track at the saddle. Access to the top of Castle Rock is not recommended as it is unsafe.
Castlepoint is located on Wairarapa's east coast about 1 hour's drive from Masterton. Turn right into Te Ore Ore Road on the northern outskirts of Masterton. This road becomes the Masterton Castlepoint Road and leads directly to Castlepoint Scenic Reserve.
- The reef by the lagoon should be avoided. It is extremely dangerous and sea conditions are unpredictable. Beware of tidal and rogue waves. Fatalities have occurred here.
- New Zealand Fur Seals are frequently encountered, especially where the track meets the beach. Keep an eye out for them, and do not disturb or approach them.
- At the junction there is a steep trail that takes you to the top of Castle Rock, this is not part of the Deliverance Cove Track and is not recommended for safety reasons.
Castlepoint was named in 1770 by Captain Cook who was struck by the similarities of Castle Rock to the battlements of a castle.