The most characteristic building in the city, and probably in the entire country. It works as a telecommunications tower, but what the tourist is interested in is:
- You can climb to the top. There are two panoramic viewpoints (360º), 192 and 220 meters high. On a clear day the visibility reaches up to 80 km. Admission NZ $ 28. Open 365 days a year:
- 9 am to 10 pm May to October (winter)
- 8:30 am to 10:30 pm (Sunday to Thursday) or 11:30 pm (Friday and Saturday) November to April (summer).
- In case of bad weather, the tower is closed to the public.
- You can eat. There are 3 restaurants:
- Orbit 360. Floor 52. New Zealand cuisine, if that actually exists; let’s say it is British cuisine, if that actually exists… It’s a rotatory restaurant, and has this deal: if you spend 40 NZ $, the entrance to the upper viewpoint is included.
- Sugar Club. Floor 53. The name says it all, defining themselves as “chic restaurant” on their website, I’ll say no more … Of course the food could not be less than European-Asian fusion. For people who are or think they are superchic.
- Sky Cafe. Floor 50. Cafeteria / gelateria (not handmade). For us, the common people.
- Attention, you can jump from the top of the tower. The SkyJump is a kind of bungee jumping from 192 meters, but the client is secured with a top and a lower ropes till he gets to the ground, so that no one does pendulum and ends up built into the tower, that would not be nice. NZ $ 225 adult ticket. Their website says that if you show your backpacker ID you’ll get the student price. I understand that it should be the YHA membership card, otherwise I do not understand which backpacker card they mean. Open until 6 pm, subject to the weather.
- And you can also walk around the outside using a harness at 192 meters high, which is called Skywalk. Costs NZ $ 145; discount for backpackers, students and children is also offered. The combined admission SkyJump + Skywalk costs NZ $ 290. Open until 6 pm, subject to the weather.
Well, I did not wander around the outside, neither jump, nor even ate a sad not handmade ice cream, everything seemed too expensive. But although it also seemed expensive, yes I climbed up, and I do not know if the view is worth it, but in my opinion is better than that from other similar famous towers, such as the ones in Toronto, Kuala Lumpur or Tokyo Skytree. So here are the pictures, so anyone can make his/her own opinion.