SkyCity Auckland And The Sky Tower
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It’s hard to miss the prominent Sky Tower as it takes pride of place on the Auckland skyline, however this now iconic structure is only one part of the much larger SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex.
Under the SkyCity umbrella you will also find three world-class hotels, a fantastic dining precinct including 15 restaurants and 5 bars, a 700 seat theatre featuring state of the art staging and cinema facilities and a world-class Casino with over 2000 Gaming Machines and 150 Table Games – there is so much to do at SkyCity Auckland.
The Sky Tower Auckland
The crown jewel in the SkyCity Auckland collection, the Sky Tower rises a total of 328 metres above the streets of Auckland offering visitors a unique birds eye view of Auckland, the Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki Gulf and beyond.
Experience spectacular 360 degree views of Auckland from any of the three circular public observation levels including the Sky Deck, Main Observation level and Sky Café or enjoy a meal at the Sugar Club or Orbit 360˚ restaurants for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
Sky Tower Admission Prices
How much does it cost to go up the Sky Tower in Auckland? Here are the general admission prices which give you access to the Sky Deck, the Main Observation Deck and the Sky Café. If you are sticking around for a few days it may be worth upgrading to the ‘Sun And Stars’ ticket for an extra $4 per person which gives you a second entry to the Sky Tower (within 24 hours).
- Adults $32
- Children $13 (Under 5’s are free)
- Seniors $23
- Students $23
- Family of 2 adults and 2 children $75
Sky Tower Restaurants
Speaking of restaurants, there are three within the walls of the Sky Tower itself, these include the elegant The Sugar Club by Peter Gordon, Auckland’s only 360 degree revolving restaurant – Orbit 360° Dining, and the more relaxed Sky Café.
1. The Sugar Club
Located on level 53, The Sugar Club is Peter Gordon’s fusion-style masterpiece – complete with bar, stunning views and private dining options. The Sugar Club’s cuisine focuses firmly on locally sourced produce and fine dining with A la carte dining or the Chefs Tasting Menu from Sunday to Friday, and a set Chefs Tasting Menu on Saturday night.
The Sugar Club is open for lunch from 12 to 2.30pm and dinner from 5.30 to 9pm, vegan and vegetarian menus are also available on request.
2. Orbit 360° Dining
Nobody misses out at Orbit 360° Dining – the entire restaurant seating area rotates 360 degrees every hour! Located on level 52, the Orbit provides a quite unique dining experience perfect for special occasions or celebratory gatherings.
Diners will receive complimentary access to the Sky Tower lifts and observation decks and enjoy a kiwi-inspired à la carte menu featuring some of New Zealand’s best local and seasonal produce. Orbit 360° Dining is open from 11.30am to 2.15pm for lunch, and for dinner from 5.30 to 9.30pm.
3. Sky Café
Sitting on level 50 just below the Main Observation Deck, Sky Café offers the chance to enjoy the stunning views over a glass of wine, good cup of coffee or some tasty Kapiti icecream. At 182 metres above the Auckland City streets, it’s the views that turn an ordinary coffee into an extraordinary one!
The Sky Café is open Sunday to Thursday from 9.30am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 9.30am-11pm during the summer months and daily from 10am to 9pm during winter. It is necessary to purchase Sky Tower Admission in order to gain entry to the Sky Café.
4 Things To Do At The Sky Tower
Had a delicious meal at one of the Sky Tower restaurants and now looking for a bit of fun? Here are the best things to do at the Auckland Sky Tower.
1. The Sky Deck
The Sky Deck is located on level 60 and is the highest level of the Sky Tower open to the public. Towering 220 metres above the streets of Auckland you can experience the best of the Sky Tower views from this vantage point.
The Main Observation Deck
The Main Observation Deck is situated on level 51 just above the Sky Café and comes complete with reinforced glass flooring in places to allow direct viewing of the city streets below – yes that means you are standing on glass 186 metres above ground level!
2. The Sky Jump
Feeling adventurous? Want to take your Sky Tower experience to the next level? Why not jump off the Sky Tower! The SkyJump adventure operates from level 53 and is New Zealand’s only base-jump-by-wire experience.
The SkyJump offers an impressive 192 metre fall towards the ground at speeds of around 85 km per hour. SkyJump prices are currently $225 per adult and $175 per child (10-15 years), or NZ Students with ID are able to jump for $195.
3. The Sky Walk
Not quite up to hurtling toward the ground at 80 odd kilometres per hour? Then how about giving the Skywalk a go? This highly safety orientated guided walk offers the best views you will ever get from the Sky Tower.
Walking around the outer ledge of level 53 on a narrow metal walkway with no handrail – this walk is going to be one to remember! It is important to know there is a minimum age of 10 years old and the whole process takes around an hour and a half. Prices are currently set at $150 per adult, $120 per child and a discounted rate of $130 for students.
4. The Sky Tower Gift Shop
The perfect place to grab a little memento of your time at the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Gift Shop is located at the base of the Sky Tower and offers a good range of gifts and souvenirs, along with official All Blacks Adidas merchandise and keepsakes and Kiwiana.
Top 10 Sky Tower Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know some fast facts about the Sky Tower? Here are the top 10 frequently asked questions.
- How Tall Is The Sky Tower In Auckland? The Sky Tower is 328 metres or 1076 feet.
- When Is The Sky Tower Open? The Sky Tower is open from 8.30am until 10pm every day however it may close in extreme weather conditions.
- How Old Is The Sky Tower? Construction on the Sky Tower began in 1994, however the structure was not completed until 1997.
- How Many Steps Are There In The Sky Tower? There are a total of 1,267 steps from the base of Sky Tower to Sky Deck.
- Who Built The Sky Tower? Gordon Moller was the original designer and architect he worked with Fletcher Construction to complete the project for Harrah’s Entertainment.
- How Long Did It Take To Build The Sky Tower? It took 2 years and 9 months to build.
- How Old Do You Have To Be To Jump Off The Sky Tower? You have to be 10 years or older.
- Which Is Taller The Eiffel Tower Or The Sky Tower? The Sky Tower is 8 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
- Where Is The Sky Tower Located? The SkyCity Sky Tower sits on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Does The Sky Tower Move In The Wind? The Sky Tower has been built to withstand very strong winds (gusts of up to 200 km/h) and can sway up to 1 metre at the top of the main concrete shaft.
Exploring further into the SkyCity entertainment complex we discover there are three world class hotels to choose from, providing easy and convenient accommodation choices for a wide range of travellers.
1. The SkyCity Grand Hotel
Rated 5 Stars, the SkyCity Grand Hotel provides an excellent premium accommodation option right in the heart of Auckland City. Guests are able to enjoy an indoor 25-metre lap pool, 24 hour room service, free WiFi, an on-call doctor, a pillow menu, 24 hour gym access, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino access, plus much more!
Room rates at the SkyCity Grand Hotel range from $329 for a Grand Room through to nearly $2000 for the Grand Presidential Suite. The entrance to the SkyCity Grand Hotel is off Federal Street, valet parking is available at an additional fee.
2. SkyCity Hotel
Located in the centre of the SkyCity entertainment complex, the SkyCity Hotel offers guests an affordable yet luxurious inner city accommodation options. Facilities include a full concierge service, access to its very own cardio room, baby sitting services for an additional charge, daily laundry and dry-cleaning services, free WiFi and much more.
Room rates at the SkyCity Hotel range from $299 for a Premium room through to $400 for a suite. The SkyCity Hotel entrance is off Victoria Street, valet parking is available at an extra cost.
3. Horizon Hotel Auckland
The newest addition to the SkyCity line up, the Horizon Hotel is located on Hobson Street, just across from the Sky Tower, next to the International Convention Centre. This hotel offer guests ultra-fast Wifi, complimentary mini bar, a digital concierge, beautiful harbour views and 55″ flat screen TV’s in every room.
Room rates are unavailable at present; this hotel is due to open in 2020.
SkyCity Restaurants And Bars
There are plenty of restaurants and bars within the SkyCity entertainment complex catering to a variety of different tastes, age groups and dining preferences – enjoy seeking out the kind of dining that suits you on your visit to Auckland. See here for the full list of SkyCity Restaurants or read on for our top 10 picks.
- Gusto At The Grand. The SkyCity Grand Hotel offers the authentic Italian inspired onsite dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Gusto’s. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 6.30am-10.30am and Saturday or Sunday 6:30am-11am for breakfast, 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch and 5 pm until late for dinner.
- Bellota By Peter Gordon. For the best tapas in town try Bellota by Peter Gordon located at 91 Federal Street. Bellota is open Tuesday to Saturday 4pm until late, bookings are required.
- Huami. For authentic Chinese dining Huami is the place to be. Look out for their wide range of Maotai (Baiju) and extensive wine list. Lunch is from 11.30am to 3pm and dinner is 5.30pm until 10pm. There is also a bar snack menu, and two set menus if you prefer. Huami is located at 87 Federal Street.
- Depot. Al Brown’s ‘Depot’ is the perfect spot for sharing a meal with friends and family, however there is a no reservation policy so get in early! Depot is famous for its oysters but there are plenty of other interesting choices to tease the taste buds. Depot is located at 86 Federal Street and is open from 7am Monday to Friday and 11am Saturday and Sunday.
- The Grill By Sean Connolly. Enjoy distinctly kiwi cuisine at The Grill in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Find The Grill at 90 Federal Street, open for lunch from Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 2.30pm, Friday 12pm to 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 3pm as well as dinner from 5.30pm daily.
- Fortuna. A buffet style restaurant, Fortuna is the perfect place for a wide range of foods to suit all tastes and preferences. Unlimited tea and coffee, as well as freshly prepared hot dishes are all part of the deal, prices range from $26 for breakfast and lunch through to $35 for dinner. Fortuna is located on the corner of Federal and Victoria Streets and is open Monday to Sunday 6.30am-10am for breakfast, Monday to Thursday 12pm-2.30pm for lunch and daily from 5.30pm-9.30pm for dinner..
- MASU By Nic Watt. If a Japanese robata restaurant and bar with a contemporary twist is what you are looking for then MASU is where you want to be for dinner tonight! MASU is open from 12-3pm daily for lunch and 5.30pm until late for dinner. A separate vegetarian menu is available, find MASU at 90 Federal Street.
- Federal Delicatessen. Another of Al Brown’s creations ‘The Fed’ is his take on a Jewish New York delicatessen complete with all the usual’s – Al Brown style of course! The Fed is open daily from 7am until late and is located 86 Federal Street.
- Andy’s Burgers & Bar. Sitting on the corner of Federal and Victoria Streets, Andy’s Burgers serve up all the classic kiwi burger combo’s you would expect to find plus a few extras such as ‘Beer Mopped Beef Brisket’ and ‘Carolina BBQ Spicy Chicken’ for those who feel like a little something different. Andy’s is open Sunday to Thursday 11am-10pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am-2am.
- Twentyone. SkyCity’s hottest night club and bar, Twentyone provides a fun and entertaining night out for those over the age of 18. Twentyone is open Wednesday through to Saturday from 5pm until late and is located on the corner of Federal and Victoria Streets.
SkyCity Auckland Casino
The SkyCity Casino is Auckland’s only casino and provides 24 hour fun and excitement for visitors with over 2100 Gaming Machines and 150 Table Games including favourites such as Blackjack, Roulette and Poker.
An ever changing line-up of live entertainment is offered for your enjoyment along with a great selection of onsite food and bar options. Visitors to the Casino are required to be 20 years or over and a tidy standard of dress is required (no jandals, sunglasses, hats, sleeveless shirts or dirty/torn clothing).
The Main Site Car Park is located underground right next to the Sky Tower between Hobson and Federal Streets. You will find entrances off Federal Street, Victoria Street West and Hobson Street, with additional parking available across the road off Nelson Street.
The Main SkyCity Parking has 1,960 parks available with the additional benefit of full time security staff and surveillance. There is a maximum vehicle height which is set at 1.9 metres.
Make the most of your SkyCity Auckland and Sky Tower experience with an affordable rental car from USAVE Car Rentals and see more of Auckland, the stunning North Island of New Zealand and beyond!