Castle point is located on the east coast of the Wairarapa (North Island) about one hour’s drive from Masterton. It was named in 1770 by Captain Cook who noted the similarities of the rock to the battlements of a castle. Castle Rock is 162 metres high and overlooks a fossil-rich limestone reef, long stretches of beach, sand dunes and a sheltered lagoon. On a nearby rocky outcrop stands Castlepoint Lighthouse (built in 1913), a popular spot for keen photographers.
Castlepoint is popular with visitors seeking water based leisure activities, but nonetheless, well worth a visit ‘off the well-beaten Wairarapa winery track’. The Castlepoint Scenic Reserve is probably one of the most photogenic (and windiest) locations in the North Island.
Aside from the spectacular views, you may also see the Castlepoint daisy, brachyglottis compactus, found only on the crumbled limestone of the reef and Castle Rock or dolphin, sea birds, fur seals and whales.