Take a walk up Puketapu Hill (Sacred Hill) and you will be rewarded with 360degree views of valleys, hills, mountains and an unspoiled coastline that surrounds Palmerston.

To see some of the views up close, drive
out to Tavora Reserve or Anderson’s Lagoon for stunning coastal walks wildlife viewing. Shag Point is also nearby and here you can walk around a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals who will be sleeping, playing or basking in the sun.

From Palmerston,
turn onto SH85 to visit Dunback and Macraes.


Puketapu Hill

Puketapu Hill You can’t but help notice this prominent peak towering above the settlement of Palmerston.  At its top, there is a monument which recognises Sir John McKenzie, a prominent citizen of the past.  The peak was formed by volcanic activity.     Physical address : Puketapu HillPalmerstonNew Zealand 

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Puketapu Hill (Sacred Hill) Walk

A walk up Puketapu (sacred hill) offers stunning 360-degree vistas over Palmerston township, rolling farmland down the Shag Valley and out to sea. The track is steep in parts, but it is well formed.

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Shag Point (Matakaea Reserve)

Shag Point/ Matakaea Reserve Shag Point/Matakaea Reserve is a great spot for wildlife viewing and is part of a geologically curios and intriguing coastline. New Zealand fur seals can normally be seen in good numbers on the rock selves around Shag Point. There are two short seal-viewing walks where visitors

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