Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking


27 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

5 Masterton

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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.


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DOC Wairarapa

Central government organisation


North IslandWairarapaMasterton


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 27.

Teresa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great litttle spot. Nice new toilets close by.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Sam and Emma

Ranking: 9/10

Haven't wanted to leave! Awesome spot, but quite windy. Carpark offers more sheltered experience as apposed to parking down on the beach. Toilets are a short walk away with recycled water. Says you have to be gone between 9am and 5pm but haven't had any issues from our 2 nights stay.
Carpark has little space for large campers, some taking 2 parks and some taking 5 while parking lengthways. Carpark is also getting overrun by sand which gets blown over the dunes. Love it in our van though!

Reviewed 5 months ago

MhohaylV's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Arrived late at night after our long trip from Wellington. Woke up in the morning was surprised by the magestic view. Night sky was an awesome sight too.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in May 2021

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning spot. Was nice and quiet at the end of the road. Great views of f the Lighthouse and beach. We were self contained but very good toilet facilities also. Great walk to Deliverance Cove.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ella's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot for self contained vehicles to pull up. Pretty good toilet facilities. Right on the beach and great views of the lighthouse. Make sure you go and look at the light house at night time!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Raja's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing place to camp. Dog friendly. Great toilets. Parks are normal size. Lucky we were the only big motorhome here. Amazing views.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Aimee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

One of our fav spots so far. Views are beautiful with the lighthouse and beach right next to us. Lots of new toilets which are nice and clean. The stars are amazing to look at as well the the lighthouse all lit up. Stayed 2 nights. First night there was only 2 other vans, second night there was about 8 others but there are still plenty of spots left. Recommend for sure!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rose's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous place to stay. Watch out for the local nutter who doesn’t want freedom campers around!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place is amazing! Beautiful scenary and ligthouse shine in the night ! Car park close to the new toilets!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Janine's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Absolutely unreal views. The Carpark is tucked out of the wind which is great. Downfall was the toilet is being rebuilt and the other one is at the other end of town. This meant an early morning bike ride to hit the loos! Other then that I would recommend.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Tedy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place. Unfortunately toillet is being reconstructed at the moment

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Nils's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Dave Kitson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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