26 September 2011

Sky Tower, a spectacular structure

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Auckland’s Sky Tower is an imposing telecommunications and observation tower situated in the Central Business District. At an imposing 328 metres in height, the tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, taking its place as the 15th highest on the globe. It is also the tallest free-standing construction in the southern hemisphere. With its lofty height and unusual shape it has achieved renown as an iconic part of the Auckland skyline.

The Sky Tower belongs to the casino complex known as SkyCity Auckland and it attracts about 1,450 visitors every day, amounting to more than 500,000 each year. Without a doubt the sensational views offered to visitors who ascend the tower are a primary attraction. There are in fact three observation areas at different heights on the tower, all presenting 360 degree panoramic views that never fail to enthral the observer.

The principal observation level located at 186m features flooring sections of thick glass which let the visitor look right down to the ground, an amazing experience that both thrills and delights. The upper observation level, called Skydeck is located at 220m just under the large antenna, and provides sensational views extending 82km, a truly memorable sight.

The Observatory located 194m above the ground provides a delectable brasserie-like buffet particularly noted for its New Zealand seafood dishes. Alternatively you may opt for exceptional a-la-carte dining in the intimate surroundings of the award-winning Orbit revolving restaurant. Another attractive option is the Sky Lounge, a chic café where visitors may relax with coffee, drinks or light refreshments; the Sky Lounge is acclaimed as the highest café in the entire southern hemisphere.

Not to be missed is the sensational Sky Jump, where those who dare plunge down at 75 kmh for about 16 seconds. A special guide cable prevents jumpers from striking the tower in strong winds.

Visitors will also enjoy the services of the SkyCity Casino, a premier standard establishment which offers international standard gaming.

When selecting a hotel in Auckland City, the astute traveller will find suitable accommodation at Copthorne Hotel Auckland City, a convenient hotel Auckland offers which provides comfortable rooms and pleasing hospitality.