Castlepoint was named in 1770 by Captain Cook who was struck by the similarities of Castle Rock to the battlements of a castle.
Walkthrough the pines above the lagoon at Castlepoint Scenic Reserve and follow the reserve boundary to the base of Castle Rock. Alternatively, walk south along the lagoon edge and follow the track up through coastal grassland to meet the boundary track at the saddle. You'll be rewarded with spectacular views.
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
There may be rockfall near Castle Rock - keep away from cliffs.
Source: Department of Conservation