Once a firing range, gym and sauna this colourful location ravaged by nature now awaits demolition.
Palmerston North is a rural and student town with potential for more exploration. It gave us one of our most epic abandoned explores a few months ago. We won’t tell you which one, but our video managed to capture a uniformed police officer walking along the street through the window while we were inside. We hope our recent visit reinvigorates the urbex scene there, and to play our part we cracked a new location in the Palmerston North CBD. It seems to have been a place where people danced, soaked and fired weapons, all the while being blasted with the boldest coloured interiors imaginable.
The foundation stone was laid for this building in 1904, and in 1906 a whole university was opened within its walls. With some additions, for the next 70 years it served its purpose until being declared an earthquake risk. It was slated for demolition, but thanks to a dedicated core of supporters it was strengthened and reopened in 1993.
Exploring comes with its many risks and many rewards. While this particular location near the sleepy town of Palmerston North was not too hazardous, irrespective of location indeed “we could die chasing this feeling”. Some have. But perhaps the thrill of the chase is what, somewhat ironically, propels us through life.
This chimney will probably be the last feature to be toppled as the demolition of the freezing works it used to serve progresses apace. Good to get up there unseen while the opportunity is still on offer.
We do try to mind our know. Remember our manners. Keep humble and hungry. Document what we do now while we’re still able to slither, to balance, to climb. Well put, Victoria, we like your England.