10 Magnificent Views of the Sky Tower from around Auckland
The first three weeks of my New Zealand working holiday were spent in Auckland, making it the longest time I spent in a single place after Christchurch, and it was really difficult to miss the Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest structure (for now).
About the Sky Tower in Auckland
The 328-metre Sky Tower is one of Auckland’s most popular attractions, and like the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle, Cristo Rendentor and other iconic structures around the world, it makes a great reference point to take one’s bearings from. I couldn’t help but look for it whenever I got a great view of the city, and I took too many photos from different spots on the map.
Like the other places mentioned above, one can take a trip to an observation deck near the top. If it’s not too windy, you can walk around the outside of the observation deck or go bungee jumping! There is an uninterrupted view of the city and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf to be had. On a clear day, one can see as far as the Coromandel Peninsula. If you have a long weekend in Auckland, it’s something you can consider doing.
To go up or not to go up
Personally, I’m not a fan of that. Everywhere in the world, people readily part with their money for a view from the highest point in the city. However, that’s also the only place where you cannot see the very thing that makes the city recognisable. I’d rather go up the next highest building for less, get a view that is almost as good and still be able to spot the landmark.
If one still wants to make the trip though, discount coupons for tickets can be found in tourist guides. Pick them up at the airport on arrival or from the tourism office. Spendthrifts who feel like wearing an orange jumpsuit can also go for a walk around the outside or do a base jump.
I may have spent absolutely nothing inside SKYCITY, but it’s still a pretty addition to the city, especially in the evenings. Did I mention that I took too many photos of it from the ground? Auckland’s topography makes it look even more dramatic as the buildings seem to fall away under it.
10 Photos of the Sky Tower
I saw the Sky Tower from Myer Park
The same spot on Victoria St at different times of the day
The tower in Christmas colours
The view from Ponsonby
The view from Viaduct Harbour
Greetings from Mount Eden
The view with Rangitoto in the same frame
And across the strait from North Shore
Do you prefer the view from the inside of a landmark, or would you rather see it from the outside?