Touring NZ in a Campervan? Visit Auckland's Sky Tower

Posted on 27 August 2009

Campervan Hire AucklandAuckland's crowning glory is the 328 metres (or 1,076 feet) tall Sky Tower. It's the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. And just to put that height into perspective, it's the same as standing 37 buses end to end.

Built between 1994-1997, the Sky Tower hosts telecommunications and broadcasting services as well as being a hotspot for tourists. A member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the Sky Tower has three observation decks, restaurants and even bungy jumping on offer. It's also part of the SkyCity casino complex.

Take a ride up the glass-fronted lifts to enter a world of fine dining at restaurants -- take your pick from Orbit Revolving Restaurant, The Observatory brasserie or just go for coffee at the highest altitude cafe in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Some Sky Tower facts, sourced from
  • At 328 metres tall Sky Tower is the 12th tallest tower in the world (taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Sydney's AMP Tower)
  • It took two years and nine months to build Sky Tower
  • Sky Tower has three circular public observation levels - Sky Deck, Main Observation level and Sky Lounge - from each of which you can get a 360-degree view of Auckland
  • Three glass-fronted elevators can take 225 people to the observation levels every 15 minutes. The elevators travel at 18km per hour and the ride takes only 40 seconds
  • There are 1,267 steps from the base of Sky Tower to Sky Deck. It would take someone 29 minutes to reach Sky Deck walking at 4km (2.5 mph)
  • On a clear day you can see approximately 82 kilometres (51 miles) from Sky Tower. That's as far north as Leigh Peninsula, as far east as Great Barrier Island, as far west as the Waitakere Ranges, and as far south as the Bombay Hills
  • During one Sky Tower Vertical Challenge race a contestant ran up over 1000 steps in only five minutes and 17 seconds.
  • The Sky Tower consists of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete, 2,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 600 tonnes of structural steel – including 170 tonnes in the mast
  • Sky Tower is constructed from a high strength, high performance concrete
  • The foundations go down more than 15 metres and are designed to spread force load
  • It has been designed to remain essentially undamaged during storms with winds gusting to 200 km/hr (125 mph), which can result in sway at the top of the concrete shaft of approximately one metre
  • In the extreme event of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurring within 20 kilometres of the tower, analysis shows that Sky Tower would remain standing.

Video: A quick look at the view from the top

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