One of New Zealand's most popular attractions is also one of the tallest buildings in the southern hemisphere. At 320 meters high, it stands as a navigational beacon around the sprawling Auckland metropolis. Three glass elevators are waiting to whiz you up to the observation deck in just under 40 seconds. From glass panels in the observation deck you can look down on the busy locals going about their day and look across to the sparkling harbour and the dense ever expanding urban landscape. There are three observation decks. A lower one, reached by stairs for the very fit, a outdoor observation area complete with high powered binoculars and the sky deck, the highest of them all, offering uninterrupted 360 degree views. You can go for a skywalk outside around the 1.2 metre pergola or just take in the view at one of three restaurants, one of which revolves.
Because Auckland weather is so changeable, the tower has been designed to withstand winds of over 200 km's per hour, a magnitude 8 earthquake and the latest in fire prevention and protection. There are live weather feeds and touch screen computers in the lower observation room which give you the latest geographical data.
To get down you can either take the lift down again or you can... jump! The Sky Jump is New Zealand's highest jump at 192 metres and quite possibly the ultimate adrenaline rush. It's essentially a base jump with a wire attached to you. You will achieve speeds of up to 85 k's per hour in your 17 second 'free fall' but you will land gently on the Sky City Plaza below.
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