Photo Essay: Castlepoint, NZ

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I’ve written about my wild, windy day at Castlepoint before, but there are plenty more photos from that New Zealand outing that have been sitting on my computer for nearly 4 years, just itching to be shared. So, since I’ve been lazy this week and my brain is now mush after grad school finals, today I bring to you pretty pictures from Castlepoint.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

This coastal location can be found about 2 hours northeast of Wellington, and makes a fantastic weekend trip either as an alternative to or in conjunction with a visit to the Wairarapa wine country.

You will need a car of your own to get here, as it’s definitely not on the typical NZ tourist trail. Renting a car in Wellington is pretty easy, at least, but just be sure you pay for the vehicle insurance if you aren’t already covered! The roads out in middle-of-nowhere-New-Zealand can be quite windy and challenging!

Castlepoint map

And now for the pretty pictures…

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Castle Rock from afar.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

The wind-swept lagoon.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

The lagoon from above.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Pride Rock?!? Where’s Simba?

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Sea cliffs.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Castlepoint, New Zealand

A curious fur seal.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

No, the color of that water is not fake!

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Climbing in the cliffs.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Swirling water.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Castlepoint, New Zealand

At the lighthouse.

Castlepoint, New Zealand

Castlepoint Lighthouse

Castlepoint, New Zealand

One last farewell shot.

 

If it’s natural beauty and a bit of adventure you’re looking for, Castlepoint is a great off-the-beaten-track destination to consider.

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Which photo is your favorite?

 

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