The tallest structure in the southern hemisphere - being New Zealand of course they jump from it!
25.03.2013 20 °C
The Sky Tower totally dominates the Auckland City Skyline and seems to get into almost every photograph I take. It was completed in 1997 and intended as an icon for the city which prior to then didn't really have anything that could be used to symbolise it. With a height of 1,076 feet (328 metres) the Skytower is the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere.
The Main Observation Level is at 610 feet (186 metres) and 53 floors up and is accessible from 3 high speed glass floored lifts from the basement that do the whole trip in about 40 seconds. Once at the main observation level there are spectacular 360 degree views including the downtown CBD and Rangitito to the north east, the Harbour Bridge to the north west and Mount Eden/One Tree Hill to the south. You can also look directly down to street level through glass in the floor which is 38 cm thick and stronger than concrete.
This being New Zealand and the home of bungy one of the things you can do at the Skytower is jump from it! There is a platform where jumpers jump from 630 feet (192 metres) up, just above the Main Observation Level. There is a helpful countdown clock saying when the next jumper is due to pass the window and you can see the orange target area where the jumpers land through the glass in the floor of the Main Observation Deck. It is also possible to do a 75 minute Skywalk around the edge in a harness, needless to say with me not being too good with heights I gave both the Skyjump and Skywalk a miss!
The highest level open to the public is called the Sky Deck 722 feet (220 metres) above the ground. There is a special lift to it from the Main Observation Level and it is the highest public viewing level in New Zealand. On a clear day you can apparently see the outer lying islands of the Hauraki Gulf 50 miles (80 kilometres) away; all I can say is I found the view awesome!