Palmerston is a major rural community and is the first major centre some 60 kilometers north of Dunedin. Palmerston has a namesake in the North Island and is known as Palmerston North.

Otago's town has the earlier claim to the name, however - itís surveying dates from 1862, whereas the northern city did not receive its name until 1871. Both towns take their names from Lord Palmerston, the 19th-century British Prime Minister.

Palmerston South is a historic centre that has all of the major services that services a wealthy rural community. Clearly Palmerston is a proud town.

Between it and the sea stands the lone hill of Puketapu (known by Southerners as Holy Hill), crowned with a monument to the 19th century Otago politician Sir John McKenzie.

The churches in Palmerston are over 100 years old.

The Palmerston War memorial is located on the northern edge of town.

The Palmerston Hotel is located in the town centre and has a good profile.

Palmerston does not have a museum but does have the John McKenzie Monument.

A nice town that deserves a meaningful stop-over.



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course