Let’s go to the famous Sky Tower! Situated in the middle of the CBD, and within walking distance from Queens Warf where the ship docks, this should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. Here are some interesting facts we learned while visiting the Sky Tower:
- It took 2 years, 9 months and NZ $85 million to construct
- It weighs 21 million kilograms
- 328 meters high
- It is primarily constructed from 15000 cubic meters of concrete, 2000 tonnes of reinforcing steel, and 260 panes of glass
- There are 1267 stairs from the base to the Sky Deck (which we didn’t take!)
- It contains a ‘refuge’ area able to accommodate 854 people and should remain standing in a magnitude 8.0 Richter scale earthquake occurring within 20km of the Sky Tower.
The top levels consist of a Sky Deck (at 220m), a Sky Jump and Sky Walk platform (at 194m), a 360 dining area (190m), the main observation area (186m) and a Sky Lounge Café & Bar (182m).
The views are stunning, and definitely worth the ride up! There are information boards all around to show and explain what you see. This is a fantastic way to get your bearings when starting to explore the rest of the city.
It is up to you to decide how much time you want spend at the Sky Tower. We decided to take an extra hour, splurge on some good sparkling wine, and enjoy the magnificence around us 🙂 time well spent in my opinion.
If you feel up for it, and have more time, I would recommend going to Cornwall Park, and walking up One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie Domain). This is a volcanic peak in Auckland. Though uphill all the way, you can rest plenty and just enjoy the quiet surroundings. You’ll see plenty of sheep along the way, which completes the atmosphere of being in New Zealand. And when you reach the top, you get a whole different view point of this marvellous city, as well as a view of both harbours!
I feel it’s important to note, that though Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand. So start early and make the most of you day in Auckland.
*some photos were taken by my sister-in-law, Eulogy van Dyk, who came to visit 🙂