Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking



14 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

67 Freedom Camping

9 Masterton



Not a huge carpark, but what a location:)
Please stay in the carpark only


One of the most spectacular sites along the Wairarapa coastline!

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.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWairarapaMasterton


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 14.

Andy and Julia's avatar

Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Christoph's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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..

Reviewed 8 months ago

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N&V's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 12 months ago

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C J B's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Becky's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Boguslaw MAKIELLO's avatar


New Caledonia

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 9/10

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'

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mary Irvine

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning wild remote location! Toilets here too. Fantastic walk up Castle hill and one to the lighthouse.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nyla and Alan Ramsay

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sally Haines

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot, but not very private.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Aline Patricio


Ranking: 4/10

Not a great site.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Guillaume Yedoux


Ranking: 7/10

Amazing spot - nice scenery.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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