Ahh, Auckland’s Sky Tower. The most distinctive part of our skyline and the tallest freestanding building in the Southern Hemisphere. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, Germany’s Olympiaturm, and many other iconic landmarks.
The Sky Tower is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! I’ve lived essentially (and sometimes literally) in its shadow for long enough. I used my girlfriend’s visit as an excuse to take a trip up to the observation deck.
The Sky Tower is, and this is going to seem pretty obvious but I feel the need to say it anyway, quite tall. This view is facing East from the city. You can effortlessly see Mission Bay, as though it were right there and not a 20-minute drive away. But you can see beyond that, beyond Achilles Point, to Brown’s Island and Bucklands Beach.
Looking out over the city, the pink walking path next to the motorway provides a nice splash of color. Looking out over land it’s a bit more obvious just how amazingly far you can see from up here!
There are some glass floors along the observation deck. Mentally I know that they’re quite stable and safe, but it still takes a quick mental effort to walk across them.
Looking Northeast, Devonport and North Head seem like you could just reach out and grab them. Rangitoto looks uncharacteristically small (as a testament to how far we’re seeing, Rangitoto is actually taller than the Sky Tower), and in the distance is Great Barrier Island.
But there’s something else visible too…what’s that in the lower left-hand corner of the shot?
Why, it would be a massive cruise ship!
I live on Prince’s Wharf, the two buildings on the pier to the left of the cruise ship, and that ship is actually bigger than the apartment building I live in. Crazy.
(And yes, that means “I can see my house from here” is an entirely accurate statement for me in the Sky Tower).
All good things must come to an end, and so eventually did our trip up the Sky Tower. I’m glad I waited a bit to do it because being able to see things I recognized and had visited and knew made the views much more personal and enjoyable.
Come back next time for the biggest trip of her visit!