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Castle Point Hill Walk

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Castle Point Hill walk is a medium 3.4km walk that will take you around 1 hour and 30mins to complete in a round trip. Awesome views of the coast line on both sides from the top of Castle Point Hill. The track is medium to rough in parts. Good fishing as well!

Quick Facts

        • Location: East Coast, North Island, Wairarapa
        • Distance: 3.40 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 162m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Awesome views of the coast line on both sides. Good fishing as well!

  • Track Quality

    Medium to rough

  • Hazards

    Cliffs surrounding the light house

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    North of Masterton shopping centre on the main Highway (2) just over the bridge is the turn off to Castle Point. (64k). The road is slow and twisty, farm trucks also use the road. And on occasion, stock will be running freely so drive with caution.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby


  • Area & Track History

    The light shone for the first time in 1913, it stands 52m above sea level. While its 23m frame was being built in the Wellington foundry of S. Luke and Co during 1911-1912, the lighthouse frame consists of 10 1.8m-tall rings, decreasing in diameter from 5.4m at its base to 3m at its top, above which is the light-tower. It was the tallest lighthouse in the North Island and the third tallest in New Zealand. In 1922 the principal lighthouse keeper was killed after falling from the tower while fixing telephone wires. His ghost was said to live on in the (now demolished) principal keeper’s house at Castle Point station for years afterwards. It became known as the “holiday light” as children could attend the nearby school, the shops provided groceries, and there was even a hotel where friends and family could stay.

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  • Map location of Castle Point Hill Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Castle Point Hill Tramp

Drive to the end of the road, right in to the bay, past the shop and public toilets. You can’t miss the wooden walkway over to the light house. At low tide you can walk over the sand without getting your feet wet. Over to your right, all the fishing boats park up on the sand till the tide is right, go over and have a look at the boats and see how they push the 10 tone boast in to the surf. Looking hard right, you cannot miss Castle Point Hill. As you walk along the beach, you can see the walking track winding up to the top. Don’t be surprised if cars zoom past you at low tide. There are no signs to show you the way, keep heading for the hill.

Point 2: Castle Point Hill Tramp

There is no playing around; the track goes straight up to the top. But you must thank the locals for building the comfortable seats for you to rest the weary legs. At the top of the saddle, turn hard left. To the right will take you back to the car. From here the walk is more like a goat track. After a bit of rain, the track will be slippery under foot. At the top of the first ridge line, the track forks to the left and right. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out which track to take.

Point 3: Castle Point Hill Tramp

Down in the bay, the weather might be warm and sunny. But at the top it can be another story. The wind can be quite strong and a little cold. Don’t walk to close to the edge of the cliff face; It is a long way to the bottom. There are no safety rails or fences to hold on to. Keep the kids tied to you. At the top, (40 min) looking south on a fine day, you can see Riversdale beach at 23k = 211° = 41°5’32.3″S, 176°4’15.9″E Looking north is cape Turn again 57 Ks = 036°= 40°29’24.6″S, 176°37’10.3″E

Point 4: Castle Point Hill Tramp

On the way out, walk back to the saddle, then turn right and walk back the way you came, or take the track straight ahead and walk along the farm land. On this track you will see the track you crawled up to reach the top of Castle Point Hill.

Point 5: Castle Point Hill Tramp

Just before the built up area, you can look down on to Castle Point light house, a short walk you should look at before going home. Now follow the track around the built up area, then on to the beach. There is a short cut just as you reach the built up area. The track cuts through an empty section (20m) and back on to a street that runs you down to the beach. This is a great opportunity to have a look at the beach baches in the area. ($500.000+) just for the view, no piped in water, only rain water – if it rains! The shop is only a few meters to the left when you walk out on to the main

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