Wellington’s Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform – Will You Leap?

This week I took a two day express holiday to Wellington with my niece.  Aside from traditional sights, she also took a leap from the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform.

She is far braver (and much younger) than I am. Although she will tell you that the Mountain Dew Guy made her do it!

The platform is along the Wellington waterfront, just outside TePapa, the national museum. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and the world’s southern most capital city. The city was concerned about safety of the number of people diving off the docks at random locations.  In typical New Zealand fashion, the solution accommodated everyone. Rather than a simple ban from jumping, the city built the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform, offering a safe jumping spot.

The weather was lovely on the day my niece visited stopped to watch the jumpers. The small crowd gathered around the basin, cheering and howling as shirtless wanna-be athletes leap, flip or jump from the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform, plunging into the murky, waters below.
Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform

Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform

It wasn’t a free-for-all, there were a few basic rules posted: Funny Sign

As we watched, I could tell my niece was getting ideas. I am sure the jump into Haruru Falls a few weeks back was still fresh in her mind.  One of the beverage companies capitalized on this opportunity, passing out caffeine injected cans to anyone who would take one.  When the “hot” Mountain Dew guy gave her a drink, we asked if she should give it a go.  She wanted to, but had to fly in a few hours and didn’t really have a change of clothes. He offered her a t-shirt, the one right of his back would do just fine.

Girl jumps form Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform in Wellington New Zealand

My Niece did it! Wearing the shirt off the Mountain Dew guy’s back, she made the jump.

It wasn’t until later, after she was dry and dressed, that we came back with her new shirt to take a photo of the scene.   That’s when we noticed this:

healthy Warning Sign

Just in case you can’t read the photo: Health Warning: This area has recently been polluted.  It is not safe to eat seafood or swim (the rest is in Maori). We did research and it turns out to be not that bad, just slightly higher than normal bacteria and the law requires the sign.  Serious problems get much more serious signs.

Our visit to Wellington was way too short. My girls are transitioning to school from homeschooling this term, so they are not available for travel with us.  So hubby stayed home with them and my niece and I flew down to hit the Wellington’s highlights

Would you jump off the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform for the shirt off this Mountain Dew Guy’s back?

Mountain Dew Guy

All photos on this page @Rhonda Albom 2013

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