Worth a Trip: Castlepoint

On the coast 68km east of Masterton, Castlepoint is a truly awesome, end-of-the-world place, with a reef, the lofty 162m-high Castle Rock, some safe swimming and walking tracks. There’s an easy (but sometimes ludicrously windy) 30-minute return walk goes across the reef to the lighthouse, where 70-plus shell species are fossilised in the cliffs. A one-hour return walk runs to a huge limestone cave (take a torch), or take the 1½-hour return track from Deliverance Cove to Castle Rock. Keep well away from the lower reef when there are heavy seas.