Theme Week New Zealand – The Sky Tower in Auckland

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The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the Auckland CBD, Auckland in New Zealand. It is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the 23rd tallest tower in the world. It has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline due to its height and unique design. The tower is part of the SkyCity Auckland casino complex, originally built in 1994–1997 for Harrah’s Entertainment. Several upper levels are accessible to the public, attracting an average of 1,150 visitors per day (over 415,000 per year). The Sky Tower has several upper levels that are accessible to the public: Level 50: Sky Lounge, Level 51: Main Observation Deck, Level 52: Orbit 360° Dining, Level 53: The Sugar Club restaurant, SkyWalk and SkyJump and Level 60: Sky Deck.

The upper portion of the tower contains two restaurants and a cafe—including New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant, located 190 m (620 ft) from the ground, which turns 360 degrees every hour. There is also a brasserie-style buffet located one floor above the main observatory level. It has three observation decks at different heights, each providing 360-degree views of the city. The main observation level at 186 m (610 ft) has 38 mm (1.5 in) thick glass sections of flooring giving a view straight to the ground. The top observation deck labeled “Skydeck” sits just below the main antenna at 220 m (720 ft) and gives views of up to 82 km (51 mi) in the distance. The tower also features the “SkyJump”, a 192-metre (630 ft) jump from the observation deck, during which a jumper can reach up to 85 km/h (53 mph). The jump is guide-cable-controlled to prevent jumpers from colliding with the tower in case of wind gusts. Climbs into the antenna mast portion (300 m or 980 ft heights) are also possible for tour groups, as is a walk around the exterior.

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The tower is designed to withstand wind in excess of 200 km/h (120 mph) and designed to sway up to 1 metre (39 in) in excessively high winds. As a safety precaution the Sky Tower’s lifts have special technology installed to detect movement (such as swaying due to high wind) and will automatically slow down. If the building sway exceeds predetermined safety levels the lifts will return to the ground floor and remain there until the high winds and building sway have abated. The Sky Tower is built to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake located within a 20-kilometre (12 mi) radius. There are three fireproof rooms on levels 44, 45, and 46 to provide refuge in the event of an emergency, while the central service lift shaft and stairwells are also fire-safety rated.

The Sky Tower is used in support of special charity events. The Leukemia and Blood Foundation of New Zealand organises annual fundraising stair climb challenges, notably the “Firefighters Sky Tower Stair Challenge” which sees firefighters from around New Zealand race up 1,108 steps (out of 1,267 total steps), Climbing the Sky Tower stairs has been described as a “vertical marathon”. For celebrations like New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year SkyCity Auckland projects an impressive fireworks display from the Sky Tower which can be seen across Auckland. SkyCity Auckland lights the Sky Tower to show support for a range of organisations and charities. Common lighting events include: Blue = Auckland Blues, Pink = Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Red & Green = ‘Kidz First’ Childrens Hospital / Christmas, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Gold & White = New Year’s Eve, Red & Gold = Chinese New Year, Blue & Green = Starship Children’s Foundation / Earth Day, Orange = Auckland Festival / 40 Hour Famine, Green & Purple = The Auckland Cup, Red, White & Pink = Valentines Day, Green = St. Patrick’s Day, Red = The America’s Cup / ANZAC Day, Green, Red & White = Rally New Zealand, Gold = New Zealand Olympic Team, Blue & Red space = Matariki, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple = Pride Month, Blue & Orange = Easter, Blue, White & Red = Bastille Day / ANZAC Day / Waitangi Day, Orange, Purple & Green = Halloween, No lighting (except aircraft warning lights) = Earth Hour / April Fools Day / Memorial Day / Death of a Governmental member or important people.

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Read more on skycityauckland.co.nz – Sky Tower, SkyWalk and SkyJump and Wikipedia Sky Tower (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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