Sky Tower, Auckland
Skycity
PO Box 90643
Auckland
New Zealand

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The icon of Auckland city centre is this mighty tower: the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. At 328 metres, it stands tall as a viewing platform, restaurant, casino complex, antenna and a great place to throw yourself off. Don’t worry, those crazy enough to make the Skyjump are attached to a rope system!

Views from this lofty position take in all of Waitemata Harbour. The bay stretches out beside the suburban sprawl, and volcanic mountains and islands rise up for miles around. If you are feeling brave, you can look straight down through the reinforced, glass floor. Views of the tower itself are also spectacular as the lights change colour to represent charities and celebrations, such as pink for breast cancer or green for St. Patrick’s day.

Finished in 1997, the tower was designed to resist Richter scale 8.0 earthquakes, high winds and fire. It is so tall, heavy and solidly built that the crane used to lift the antenna had to be removed by another crane, which was attached to the tower. In turn, this crane had to break into pieces small enough to fit in the lift to be taken down.

Skytower is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day except Friday when it is open until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are available until 30 minutes before closing time.

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