Sky Tower#14 in Best Things To Do in Auckland
Perhaps the most noticeable building in Auckland's skyline is the Sky Tower. At the top, visitors can take in 360-degree views of the city, eat at the cafe or one of two restaurants (including one that revolves) or walk around or bungee jump off the attraction's 53rd-floor platform. A gift shop is available as well.
Previous travelers praised the Sky Tower's views, suggesting you visit on a clear day to avoid obstructed vistas. Reviewers also enjoyed the food offered in the attraction's restaurants, although some cautioned that both venues' dishes are expensive. If you do decide to eat here, book your dining reservations several months in advance. And remember, Sky Tower admissions are waived for visitors dining on-site.
The Sky Tower welcomes visitors daily between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. from May to October, with extended hours from November through April. Adult tickets cost 29 New Zealand dollars (around $21), while children between 6 and 14 get in for NZ$12 (about $8.50). Family passes for two adults and two children are also available for NZ$65 (approximately $47). SkyJump tickets cost NZ$225 (less than $162) for adults and NZ$175 (roughly $126) for children between 10 and 15. SkyWalk tickets will set adults back NZ$150 (about $108); kids passes cost NZ$120 (approximately $86). Reservations for SkyJump and SkyWalk can be made online.
The attraction sits in the heart of the CBD within a few blocks of Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, making it easy to reach on foot from downtown hotels. You can also drive (on-site parking is available for a fee) or take an InnerLink bus to one of the stops on Queen Street. Check out Sky Tower's website for more information.
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Situated just off the coast of central Auckland across from Devonport is Rangitoto Island, a volcanic island known for its superb hiking trails and panoramic views. Multiple trails are available for island exploration, including the popular Summit Track, which takes hikers through lava fields and the world's largest pohutukawa forest to the island's summit.
Prepare for stunning vistas and a steep, yet doable hike when visiting Rangitoto Island. If you're not keen on hiking, travelers recommend opting for Fullers' Volcanic Explorer Tour, which includes round-trip ferry transfers to and from downtown Auckland and a four-wheel drive road train tour of the island.
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