Overlooking the township of Palmerston stands this impressive ancient volcano – the youngest in the geopark being Miocene in age.

The volcano has been mapped by Geological and Nuclear Sciences as part of the Dunedin Volcanic Group. This group includes numerous volcanoes and extends inland into the Maniototo area.

Puketapu is on private farmland but there is a walking track open to the public to a monument at the top (closed September to November during lambing season). Views from the top offer superb 360-degree views.

For more information please see – Puketapu.

Please be aware the following hazards include: stock, exposed at the top.

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Learning resources for teachers and parents:

Check out our free worksheets on local volcanoes, including Puketapu.

Take a virtual tour on top of Puketapu:

Latitude: -45:29:26.583
Longitude: 170:43:52.540

Moderate walking track 

Approx. 1 hour


To get to Puketapu, drive into the township of Palmerston To get to the walking track, turn off SH1 onto Stour St - Watch our for the railway crossing. The carpark is at the end of the street.


Protection and guardianship are at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask you to treat this site with respect, do not remove anything from this site and preserve it for our future generations.

Scenic views  & Photo opportunities

Public Toilets nearby