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.
The platform is along the Wellington waterfront, just outside TePapa, the national museum. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and the world’s southernmost capital city. The city was concerned about the 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.
It wasn’t a free-for-all, there were a few basic rules posted:
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. With a new Mountain Dew shirt available to her for making the jump, she took the plunge:
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:
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, just enough time to hit the Wellington’s highlights.
Would you jump off the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform?
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