New Zealand Travel Blog: Part 14
After the boat cruise tour, I was waiting in the area where someone from our tour company would pick me up. I didn’t have to wait long; I found the guide right after exiting the boat. The tour van took me and some other people on the same tour to the Sky Tower entrance, which was just a few minutes drive.
The tour guide gave us tickets and left us in front of the tower. We were to visit the Sky Tower and return to our hotels on our own. It made sense because I didn’t have to rush and could take my time to see everything. My hotel was just a few blocks from the tower.
The iconic Sky Tower is 328 meters (1076 ft) high and the tallest freestanding structure in the southern hemisphere. The Sky Tower is the 25th tallest tower in the world and defines Auckland’s skyline because of its height and shape.
The views were breathtaking. Having water surrounding Auckland made everything even more scenic. It offers unobstructed views of Auckland, volcanoes, and the water bodies surrounding the harbours.
There are restaurants (some of which are revolving), cafes, ice cream shops, gift shops, casinos, and many other establishments located in the tower. However, I was busy only concentrating on the views from various angles and taking lots of videos and pictures.
The observation deck and general areas didn’t feel overcrowded at that time – which was a blessing for me. I asked a few other people to take my picture when I wanted to be in the pictures. Lots of friendly tourists were glad to help.
After finishing the Sky Tower, I walked to my hotel. My flight to Sydney would be the next day, but in the evening. So I didn’t have to rush and even would have time to walk downtown tomorrow.