Puketapu Hill

Puketapu means “sacred hill” in Maori and offers stunning 360 degree vistas over Palmerston township, rolling farmland down the Shag Valley and out to sea.

You can’t but help notice this prominent peak towering above the settlement of Palmerston as you arrive because of the standing stone monument on top of the hill. The peak was formed by volcanic activity.

Puketapu is a short and sweet uphill climb. Choose from a couple of routes – clamber up the face or follow the posts which mark an easier route – winding around the back of the hill. Although it can be steep, the track is well formed and you will be rewarded with stunning views at the top!

The track is open all year except during lambing season (September – November).