: Kapuka-taumahaka) is a 680 metre high volcanic outcrop which dominates the skyline of northern Dunedin
, New Zealand
. It is situated some 15 kilometres north of the city centre.
The peak is named for Captain William Cargill
, an early leader of the Province of Otago
. It is one of the youngest parts of the massive extinct shield volcano
and was formed some 10 million years ago.
From the summit, views can be obtained of the entire Dunedin urban area, as well as a considerable stretch of open countryside and much of Otago's coastline, from Shag Point near Palmerston
to Nugget Point in The Catlins
. Particularly notable is the view of the Otago Peninsula
and Otago Harbour, the entire length of which can be seen from the summit.
To the northeast of Mount Cargill's peak are several smaller peaks including Mount Zion, Mount Holmes and (most notably) Buttar's Peak.
Māori legend tells of the mountain showing the profile of a prominent warrior, and indeed Buttar's Peak and Mount Cargill between them do form the outline of a reclining figure, with Buttar's Peak being the head and Mount Cargill the body.
A rough road from the end of Pine Hill Road
provides vehicular access to the summit, and several walking tracks also lead to the top, notably a walk from Bethune's Gully
in North East Valley
at the northern end of Dunedin's urban area and a walk though Graham's Bush which starts in Sawyers Bay
close to Port Chalmers
. These tracks pass through regenerating native......