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Auckland Sky Tower

After leaving the Waitomo Caves, we headed north towards Auckland stopping for lunch in Huntly along the way.  As we approached Auckland, you could see a gradual change from the rural nature of most of the north island to the bustling traffic and sprawling city and suburbs that make up the greater metropolitan Auckland area.  Our first stop was Mount Eden, an inactive volcano that offers 360 degree views of downtown Auckland, Waitemata Harbor, Manukau Harbor and the surrounding area.

After we checked into our hotel, we walked over the Auckland Sky Tower and went to the observation deck, which gives you an even better vantage point of the city than Mount Eden.  The Sky Tower offers sky walks where you walk around a narrow catwalk on the outside of the tower using a full body harness tethered to a trolley traveling on an overhead rail.  They also offer a sky jump where you are briefly suspended from near the top of the tower and then let go for an 11 second free fall, which is then decelerated by inertial guide cables as you near a target platform on the ground. 

 

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Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland Sky Tower
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
Mount Eden
Mount Eden
Mount Eden
Mount Eden
me at Mount Eden
me at Mount Eden
Rangitoto in background
Rangitoto in background
Eden Park
Eden Park
Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
target for Sky Tower free-fall see…
target for Sky Tower free-fall se…
target for Sky Tower free-fall
target for Sky Tower free-fall
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
pool below
pool below
cricket pitch
cricket pitch
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
Mount Eden from Auckland Sky Tower
Mount Eden from Auckland Sky Tower
museum from Auckland Sky Tower
museum from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
me at Auckland Sky Tower
me at Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
view from Auckland Sky Tower
woman ready to free-fall
woman ready to free-fall
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
woman ready to free-fall
woman ready to free-fall
woman ready to free-fall
woman ready to free-fall
woman free falling
woman free falling
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Ferry House
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
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