Auckland’s Sky Tower, a 1076 foot tall observation and telecommunications building, is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Built between 1994 and 1997, as part of the Skycity Auckland casino complex for Harrah’s Entertainment, it receives approximately 415,000 visitors per year, and is one of the most noticed buildings in Auckland’s skyline. Sitting at the very top of the Tower is an antenna that is considered to be the largest FM Combiner (a device used to control signals of several different transmitters) in the world. These include television, wireless internet, and weather measurement services. Level number 53 (at 630 feet) is the exciting “Skywalk” experience, where visitors can explore 360 degrees of the outside edge of the Tower while tethered to a safety harness track system. These adventurers feel like they are standing on the edge of the world. If feeling truely courageous, you can jump from the observation deck on a guide-cable controlled system, 630 feet to the ground, reaching speeds of 53 miles per hour. In addition to the main Observation deck (there are three at different heights), the upper levels contain a cafe and two restaurants (including New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant). At various times throughout the year, the Tower is illuminated with colored lights to show support for a range of charities and organizations, as well as for the holidays.
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If you are a hearty soul(which I am not), one can take the heart pounding edge walk around the outside of the building. Since Lori had already taken a similar (but much higher) excursion on Toronto’s CN Tower, she decided not to do this one.
If feeling even more adventurous, visitors can jump off the building (tethered to a guide-cable controlled system of course). Why would anyone jump off of a perfectly good, solid building to see death racing up towards them from the ground?