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The Sky Tower - Auckland's Icon

The tallest structure in the southern hemisphere - being New Zealand of course they jump from it!

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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 Skytower from Albert Street

The Skytower from Albert Street


The Skytower at night

The Skytower at night

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.

The view north east of the Downtown CBD and Rangitoto from the Skytower Main Observation Level

The view north east of the Downtown CBD and Rangitoto from the Skytower Main Observation Level


The view north west of the Harbour Bridge from the Skytower Main Observation Level

The view north west of the Harbour Bridge from the Skytower Main Observation Level


The view south of Mount Eden and One Tree Hill from the Skytower Main Observation Level

The view south of Mount Eden and One Tree Hill from the Skytower Main Observation Level


Looking down to the street below through the glass floor of the Skytower Main Observation Level

Looking down to the street below through the glass floor of the Skytower Main Observation Level

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!

Can you spot the passing Sky Tower jumper?

Can you spot the passing Sky Tower jumper?


Where Sky Tower Jumpers land viewed through the floor of the Main Observation Level

Where Sky Tower Jumpers land viewed through the floor of the Main Observation Level


Tower jumper about to land at the bottom of the Skytower

Tower jumper about to land at the bottom of the Skytower

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!

The awesome view across Downtown Auckland towards Rangitoto from the Skytower

The awesome view across Downtown Auckland towards Rangitoto from the Skytower


The view north of Downtown Auckland and Waitemata Harbour from the Skytower Sky Deck, the highest level accessible by the public

The view north of Downtown Auckland and Waitemata Harbour from the Skytower Sky Deck, the highest level accessible by the public


The view west towards the Harbour Bridge from the Skytower Sky Deck

The view west towards the Harbour Bridge from the Skytower Sky Deck


Me on the Skytower Sky Deck admiring the spectacular view of Auckland

Me on the Skytower Sky Deck admiring the spectacular view of Auckland

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in New Zealand Tagged buildings videos solo outdoor_pursuits nz_north_island

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