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Auckland Sky Tower
NileGuide Expert Says:
The best place to get a good overview of Auckland
78 Victoria St W, Auckland, New Zealand
NileGuide Expert tip:
At night the Sky Tower is lit up using different colours depending on what is going on in the city. When the Auckland Blues are playing at home, it's blue. When it's Chinese New Year, it's red and/or gold. For breast cancer awareness, it's pink. See if you can guess what's going on by the colour.
The Sky Tower, Auckland's most visible landmark, was completed in 1995. As it's the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, you can get a great view up there. If you're brave, you can even jump off it while attached to a line, faced-down. The other option is a walk along the "balcony" that encircles the top floor viewing platform. Inside the main building is Sky City where you can book the jump or walk, gamble your life away in the casino, or eat in the restaurants. There is also a posh hotel.
This is the location of the biggest tourist information, 'i Site', so think of it as a good place to begin your exploration of Auckland.