An icon on the Auckland skyline, the Sky Tower – at 328 metres – is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s used as a telecommunications tower but for travellers the views from the observation levels are terrific. It also boasts New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant.
Here at Escape Travel, we thought we’d put together our top five ways to admire the Sky Tower.
SkyJump – Upside Down
Unleash the adrenaline by taking the SkyJump – and plunge from the observation deck down 192 metres towards the city below. Once you’ve recovered from the exhilarating ride – take a look up to see the Tower from this unique perspective.
From the Ferry
Take the ferry from downtown Auckland out onto the harbour and across to the Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve. This volcanic island is home to 200 species of native plants and is a great way to escape the buzz of the city – but the journey to and from the Reserve also gives you a fantastic opportunity to admire the Sky Tower from the water.
Take a Scenic Flight
Enjoy the city views with a scenic helicopter flight over Auckland. In addition to the Sky Tower, you’ll also see the Harbour Bridge, Point Chevalier, Eden Park Stadium and Mt Eden. The flights generally also include Waitemata Harbour, Mt Victoria and Rangitoto Island.
SkyWalk – From the Outside
The legendary SkyWalk takes enthusiasts outside the structure. You’ll be strapped into a full body harness and attached to an overhead safety line as you walk along the 1.2 metre platform, which will allow you to both appreciate the terrific views of the city and the Tower itself.
Known as Maungawhau in Maori which means Mountain of the Whau Tree, Mt Eden is the highest natural point in the city and therefore is a fantastic point to observe the highest man-made structure.