“Explore Castlepoint Scenic Reserve by following the boardwalk over the reef and past the lighthouse.”
60 minutes from the town of Masterton, this is a very easy walk that can be completed in no time, although depending on the weather, sometimes the wind can blow and the sea swells can pound the shore so you’ll still want to have your wits about you.
Simply walk along the limestone reef shoreline to the lighthouse, an impressive structure that’s been keeping passing ships safe since 1913. Look out for fossils in the limestone, while marvelling at the 162metre high Castle Rock – this is a stunningly beautiful and rugged beach with abundant bird life, seals, a rich geological history and photogenic fishing boats down at the beach. Rug up and bring any provisions you may need, because this is a destination where you’ll be inclined to linger. Probably not as well known as some of New Zealand’s other must visit coastal locations, which is a surprise as most visitors will have their breath taken away when they experience the raw beauty that is Castlepoint.
Look out for fossil shells in the rock as you follow the boardwalk over the reef and past the lighthouse at Castlepoint Scenic Reserve.
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Castlepoint Lighthouse Track
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