Castlepoint has been voted one of the country's top 10 most loved beaches. Just an hour from Masterton, it's the perfect getaway, with swimming, surfing, walking trails galore and a rugged east coast vibe.

Fuel is available at the Whakataki Hotel 24 hours a day - pay at the pump.

Wake up by the sea! Book a bed on the Wairarapa coast.

Castlepoint highlights

Don't forget to stop at Rewanui Forest Park on your way to Castlepoint (it's just before the Riversdale turn-off) - a series of of loop walks through a 334 hectare farm, taking in native bush and pine forest. 

Check out our stunning Wairarapa coast! Here are some shots of Castlepoint and Cape Palliser.