Sky Tower, Auckland's Icon

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by UK Flower Girl on June 10, 2006

Family $44
Students/backpackers $15
Sun and Stars (day and night entry) $26
Adults $21 (both viewing decks)
Child $8
Phone: +64 9 363 6000

Sky Tower, Auckland’s icon, is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. At 328m it is taller than the 300m Eiffel Tower. Sky Tower is part of SKYCITY, New Zealand’s largest casino, as well as a hotel, theatre, restaurants, and a convention centre.

Besides a tourist attraction, the tower is also used for broadcasting and telecommunications. Not only can you ride up to the top to take a look at Auckland, but you can also do the Sky Jump, a cable-controlled Base jump of 192m, or the Vertigo climb that takes you up the Sky Tower mast and a 15-minute climb from the upper observation deck to the first crow’s nest on the mast.

We started our tour by going right to the Sky Deck at the top (extra $3NZ). Seamless glass set at an angle gives you outstanding 360º views over Auckland. There were very few people up here with us—all the better—we didn’t have to fight for glass space.

An older guidebook I read mentioned an outdoor observation deck. According to the guide I asked, "…too many people tried or actually did jump so they had to make some changes."

The Main Observation Deck, below the Sky Deck, has all sorts of information concerning weather, construction, and other features to keep you busy for some time. It is also on this level that you will find the glass floor panels where you can look down to street level.

There are never-ending facts and figures about this tower. Here are a few since they go on and on:

It took 2 years and 9 months to build the tower
The main structure of the tower is a reinforced concrete shaft measuring 12m in diameter.
The tower was built to withstand winds up to 200kmh (125mph)
There are 1267 steps from the base to the Sky Deck.
You can travel up Sky Tower by lift in 40 seconds

Orbit, a revolving restaurant, and The Observatory are located at the top of Sky Tower if you want to pay for the pleasure of dining in the sky.

The area around Sky Tower seemed a bit dodgy at night. There seemed to be plenty of people just sort of milling about on the side streets and there were a few moments when we felt quite uncomfortable.

Overall, this was a fun activity to do in Auckland. I would recommend it, especially if you have kids. Going up the tower at night was great because everything was lit so brilliantly, but if I did it again I would go for the "Sun and Stars admission" so I could see Auckland during the day as well. It is an impressive tower, but it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be considering it is visited by so many thousands of people every year.

Sky Tower
Sky Tower
Victoria Street at Federal Street
Auckland, New Zealand, 1001
+64 (9) 363 6000

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