Castlepoint lighthouse

Image: Chris Gin | ©


Explore Castlepoint Scenic Reserve by following the boardwalk over the reef and past the lighthouse.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

30 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


This walk leads to Castle Point Lighthouse and then onto lookouts. The views from these points give great views of the sea and of Castle Point and the Wairarapa east coast. After these lookouts you can walk down and along the cliffs that the lighthouse is on.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

  • The reef is extremely dangerous and sea conditions are unpredictable. Beware of tidal and rogue waves. 
  • You may unexpectedly encounter New Zealand fur seals within this reserve. Do not disturb or approach them.
  • There may be rockfall near Castle Rock - keep away from cliffs.



Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:   +64 6 377 0700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   220 South Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 191
Masterton 5840
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