16 Rankers Reviews
59 Freedom Camping
Castlepoint Scenic Reserve has a fossil-rich limestone reef and magnificent 162 metre high Castle Rock, long stretches of beach and a sheltered lagoon.
Lots of opportunity for a variety of waterbased recreational pursuits (including the reef which is a popular fishing spot), and the area has a rich natural history.
Frequently visited by several species of dolphin, as well as fur seals, and occasionally small whale species, the reserve is also home to numerous sea birds. White-fronted terns, red-billed gulls, and black shags inhabit the south end of the reef, and reef herons and black-backed gulls nest on the sheer cliffs of Castle Rock.
There are also several walks suitable for most age and fitness levels in and around the scenic reserve. All walks begin at the roadend carpark.
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.
North Island ▷ Wairarapa ▷ Masterton
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Very nice place. Track along the hillside and back along the lagoon starts right there.
When we arrived around 2 pm, most of the parking bays were filled with passengers cars of beach visitors who, however, left shortly after. Even in the evening there were still free parking bays although it was Saturday and fine weather.
Our campervan with a length of 7.5m fit in but longer ones will have difficulties.
Place is very windy, campervan was shaking all evening although the wind did not feel very strong at the beach.
Awesome place. Nice little car park nestled among the dunes and sheltered by tall trees behind. It’s right above the amazing beach. Self contained can camp anywhere - at least 20 spaces. All slope slightly but levelling blocks easily cope.
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Andy and Julia
This is a must do for the east coast. A little hidden gem. Views of the lighthouse and incredible stars. Beach either side, and a cruisy little trek towards the cliff and back. Toilets available all night. Basic, and remember your torch. Amazing slights of the lighthouse at night, definitely worth a visit.
We be been there and the location is really pretty in front of the light tower and two beaches which delivers silent and rough waves water ... In our one night parking there, we had only a really strong wind which is hopefully only sometimes happening. For the view and tracks around parking area 10 points... During our day/night the toilet was not in best clean situation but able to use of course as camping experts..
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Good car park for self contained camping, with easy access to beach, views and walks. Lovely spot, well worth the drive out to the point.
30Sept18. What a great place to stay. A reasonably secluded car park with flush loos nearby. A bit of sand over some of the spaces, I expect they would be cleared before the summer season.
Close to the lighthouse and Castle Rock walks.
Ok, so a long way (67kms) along a one way road to get there but worth it. Will prob go again on our next trip
C J B
Free, with 24h toilets, minutes to single cafe/store hybrid. Near to lighthouse walk and directly located at entrance to other bush walks. Rankers has this site listed as self-contained only but the included infographic states these restrictions apply Nov-Apr. I could be wrong. Thanks DOC
Awesome place to stay! We were lucky and had no wind and arrived at sunset - about 6 other campers already set up for the night. Lovely walks around, would love to come back and spend more time here. Local shop for snacks and coffee
Of course this is just a carpark, but what a nice one!
Windy place, but very close to the lighthouse. There are toilets. If you don't want to be a prisoner in your van try to park close to a car. People will leave after their walk and you won't have another van too close. Or just put your table and chairs. Lot of ppl here for days, with big campervans or caravans (fishers). I was really surprised, people were quiet, the night was nice.
A nice place to stay, for free. Thanks for letting people sleep here!
Great location, amazing view of the sea and lighthouse with direct access to the beach, nice windy walk to the lighthouse, also another walk along the coast. Shop close by which also sells fish and chips. Motorhomes allowed 5pm to 9am with max of 4 days stay.
Great place for surfing, kayaking, boating
Spoke to a local guy and he was saying when he first lived here and started work he asked a guy if it was always this windy..... The reply was ' not always sometimes it even windier'
Stunning wild remote location! Toilets here too. Fantastic walk up Castle hill and one to the lighthouse.
Nyla and Alan Ramsay
Good spot with nice view over the water. Toilets OK. A bit windy the night we were there. Seven vans there, an ok number. Any more would be a bit cramped.
Great spot, but not very private.
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