A sunny day waiting to happen.
Puketapu is a very prominent hill situated in the heart of Palmerston overlooking the Waitaki. Its a short steep climb to the top, but well worth the views. Be warned as the track gets quite rough and steep and there are a few different trails you can take to the top. The hills is quite well known for a few things, for one, the cairn at the top that stands very tall indeed was erected for Sir John McKenzie, who was a local politician that managed to get the large sheep runs broken up to help family's have some land of their own. The monument was first installed on another nearby hill ,Pukehiwitahi, in 1902, but fell to ruin and was then moved to the more prominent Puketapu in the 1920's. Sadly Sir Mckenzie died from bladder cancer in 1901 only 6 weeks after he was knighted. Another reason the hill is known for is during World War Two, Constable Kelly, a local police officer would run up the hill each day to see if any Japaniese ships were close to land. Now each year they hold a running race to the top and back called the Kelly Canter.