At 328 meters tall, Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. The Sky Tower boasts three observation decks - the main observation level at 186, the Skydeck Viewing Platform at 220 meters and the "Vertigo Climb Viewing Platform" at a whopping 270 meters. From each of the three viewing levels you can enjoy 360 degree degree views. The first two observation decks are reachable by elevators, the elevator to the main observation deck from the ground is a frighteningly quick 40 seconds. To reach the "Vertigo Climb Viewing Platform" (the External Crow's Nest) one can make the 15 minute climb up the internal structure. From the Crow's Nest one can see, we are told, the Tasman Sea, the Pacific Ocean, both harbours and up ot 48 volcanoes.
The Sky Jump is quite different from a bungy jump in that it is simply a fall. You jump off Sky Tower from 192 meters in the air. "Fall at approximately 85kph for around 14 seconds beore slowing in the last few metres to land gently" the brochure reads. If that sounds exciting, you've never seen someone do it! They may find it exciting, but it's far to scary for the faint-hearted.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook