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Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform

A winding staircase that appears to lead to nowhere is actually a diving platform into the Wellington Harbour. 


Perched on top of the historic Taranaki wharf piles, a 7.5-meter-tall steel spiral “staircase” offers divers a thrilling plunge into Wellington Harbour. On warm days, locals can be seen leaping from the top of the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform.

If approaching from a distance, it may appear that people are plummeting from the staircase straight into the asphalt below. Jumpers land into a semi-enclosed space, shielding swimmers from sea currents.

Before its construction, locals erected makeshift dive boards or leaped from buildings into the sea. Designed by Wright + Associates (Wa) in 2013, the platform offers swimmers a safe and fun splash into the frigid waters below. 

Know Before You Go

Check water conditions before jumping or swimming in the Wellington Harbour. Visit the Land Water Air Aotearoa for water quality reports.

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