Seems weird to have a Palmerston North, with no obvious place called Palmerston South. I didn’t even question that, but I did wonder why. (Answer for you below anyway).
And is this really a suicide capital?? John Cleese, once of hit BBC Sitcom Fawlty Towers seems to think so…Palmerston North was once described by Basil Fawlty as the suicide capital of the world…
Palmerston North was surprisingly big, one of may stops on the way up to Papamoa from Wellington. It’s a traditional untouristy “city” (in the loosest sense of the word) in the North Island of New Zealand.
A railway station was once here. My bus isn’t even full, and prices start at $1, so I can’t imagine a railway line here would be thriving…
It was nice to see around in the sun and enjoy the relaxation of such a quiet city. I didn’t stay overnight, or even that long, it was a bus change over on my way up. You won’t need much time there, though you can visit a Brewery nearby. I didn’t.
What – Palmerston North
Where – North of Wellington in the North Island of New Zealand
Transport Used – Nakedbus (kept my clothes on)
Population – 81,600
If This Is Palmerston North, where is Palmerston South? – There isn’t one, apparently it’s so called because it’s the Palmerston on the North Island. Palmerston (without the “south” prefix) is on the South Island.
John Clesse Fact – Comedian John Cleese annoyed the residents of Palmerston North in 2006 when he described the City as the “suicide capital of New Zealand”. Cleese said he had a “bloody miserable time” while there during his 2005 tour of New Zealand, and suggested that “f you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick”.
Locals responded a year later by naming a hill of refuse at the local landfill “Mount Cleese” (got to love Kiwis)
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER – NUTROCKER:
BUS LEAVING WELLINGTON:
ARNOLD PALMER, THE GOLFER IN 1960: