Due to the secluded nature of Elsthorpe, the only way to reach it is by car, convoy, & helicopter.
Directions: Drive south from Hastings and Havelock North, following road signs to Waimarama beach. After crossing a bridge over the only river, Tukituki, don't go uphill, but follow the river valley/course upstream. You should then be on Kahuranaki Road. Stick to the main road and you can't miss Thorpe after about 30km or 14 minute drive.
Elsthorpe is small enough to walk around in a few minutes.
Kairakau Beach - About 5-10 km from Elsthorpe. The beach has views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. There are some baches and a camping ground.
Elsthorpe Scenic Reserve - There is a beautiful scenic reserve on the outskirts of the main village centre. The 35ha reserve is one of the best remnants of podocarp forest remaining in the district. The larger trees are mainly kahikatea, rimu, matai, and totara and the second tier is made up of tawa, titoki and mahoe.