Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Views From The Skytower -or- Auckland, From A Bird's Eye

As you view Auckland from other various parts of the harbor (see previous posts re: New Zealand), you notice a towering, impressive building gracing its skyline. That's the Sky City Sky Tower. A trip up the Sky Tower offers you 360 degree views of not only Auckland and its suburbs, but even farther views - on clear days.
I share with you now some of those views for you armchair travelers. The blue-tint of the photos comes from the tinted glass of the View Deck windows. You will also see that the day we were there wasn't too clear a day. It had been misting on and off that day. Enjoy!
The Bay Bridge linking north and south sides of the harbor and cutting many miles of driving to get from one side to the other.
Looking past Devonport on to Rangitoto Island, remnants of a volcanic eruption 600 years ago witnessed by local Maoris. We've actually taken a ferry over, ridden in a guided tour-tram as well as trekked to the summit of the remaining volcanic cone. The landscape is amazing with its volcanic lava rock outcroppings and areas where you could see where the lava had flowed down into the sea.
Other various views of downtown Auckland as well as "the Burbs":






If you follow the link above, you'll be taken to the Sky Tower site with all the information on the Sky Tower itself. What always dumbfounds me is that people actually bungee jump off this blasted tower. During a previous visit to the Tower we were treated to the sudden appearance of a man in an orange jumpsuit dangling outside of the windows of the Observation Deck for just a moment before plummeting downward with the giant rubber band around his ankles. Craziness.

About the only thing we didn't see from the Tower was the Travelocity Roaming Gnome...but then "The Amazing Race" people weren't there that day. ;)

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Funny - those are not the type of pictures I would have expected from Auckland. Thanks!