Palmerston

Coastal North Otago

Palmerston

Palmerston’s main landmark is Puketapu (sacred hill), upon which is a monument to early politician, Sir John McKenzie. Kelly's Canter, an annual running race in memory of local policeman Burt Kelly, sees competitors race from the railway station, up the top of Puketapu and back again. Palmerston is a hub for travellers as it's the junction of SH1 and SH85. The town offers a visitor centre, many cafes and dining options, quirky boutique shops and more! Steeped in history, Palmerston is also the gateway to the Otago Goldfields heritage trail.

Head out to Anderson's Lagoon or Tavora Reserve for a magical coastal walk and wildlife viewing, or drive 5 minutes to Shag Point to view NZ Fur seals.