Sky Tower dominates Auckland’s skyline whether you enter by road or sea. New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure at 328m, the views from the two viewing centres are both stunning and panoramic.
The bottom three floors accommodate shops, banks, and a casino, which are free to enter. An escalator will take you down to the Sky Tower ticket booth for a $15 ticket to the lower viewing platform (an extra $3 will take you to the second viewing platform).
The view from either platform demonstrates the urban sprawl that is Auckland, low rise and vast. The views of the harbour front, Devonport, Bayswater, the 46 (count them) volcanoes, and Auckland’s parks are incredible and worth the visit.
Should anyone feel suitably insane, you can hurl yourself off a higher outside platform in a freefall adrenaline rush before your descent is suddenly halted about 10m above the ground. Cost is $99, but only for the decidedly mad.
A visit here is a must whether you're passing through or staying a few days