It would be difficult to visit Auckland these days and not spot the enormous SkyCity Sky Tower as it rises majestically above the Auckland city skyline. This iconic structure makes up just one piece of the world class Auckland central entertainment destination known as SkyCity Auckland.
The SkyCity complex offers an ever-changing line up of live entertainment, events and displays along with a great range of restaurants, cafes and bars, the SkyCity Theatre, two highly rated Hotels and even a Casino.
Standing 328 metres tall, the Auckland Sky Tower forms one of Auckland’s instantly recognisable man-made landmarks. First opened in August of 1997 after taking nearly three years to construct, the tower has since seen hundreds and thousands of visitors each year make the ascent to its impressive upper levels.
There are three restaurants within the upper levels of the Sky Tower, all with a something a little bit different to offer.
Level 51 holds the Main Observation Deck, complete with reinforced glass flooring in places to allow unobstructed views of the city streets below. The Sky Café is situated one level below and offers the chance to enjoy the stunning views while sipping a glass of wine or some tasty Kapiti icecream.
Rotating 360 degrees every hour, the Orbit Restaurant on level 52 provides a unique dining experience along with complimentary access to the Sky Tower. Enjoy a kiwi-inspired à la carte menu featuring some of New Zealand’s best local and seasonal produce while experiencing the revolving views of Auckland City, the Waitemata Harbour and beyond.
Level 53 is home to Peter Gordon and his renowned restaurant – The Sugar Club. The Sugar Club’s fusion style cuisine inspires and delights with a focus firmly on locally sourced produce and fine dining. The Sugar Club is open for lunch from 12 to 2.30 pm and dinner from 5.30 to 9.30 pm.
As well as superb dining options the Sky Tower also provides the opportunity for some inner city adrenaline pumping action and adventure.
Feeling adventurous and want to firmly cement your Sky Tower experience as one to remember? Why not have a go at the SkyJump on level 53. The Skyjump is New Zealand’s only ‘base jump by wire’ experience and its set right in the heart of central Auckland. Plummet 192 metres towards the ground at speeds of around 85 km per hour – while attached to specially designed wires of course!
Don’t feel like throwing yourself off the Sky Tower? Then give the Skywalk a go. Enjoy a guided walk with a difference around the outer ledge of level 53 of the Sky Tower. A narrow metal walkway with no handrail the only thing between you and the wide open spaces, full body harnesses and overhead safety lines are provided.
Level 60 is the highest level of the Sky Tower available to the public and it is home to the Sky Deck observation area. Experience unobstructed 360 degree views from this 220 metre high vantage point. See if you can spot Waiheke Island, Devonport and Rangitoto Island in the distance along with the Tasman Sea to the west and the Hauraki Gulf to the East.
There are two world class Hotels located within the SkyCity entertainment complex, both offer excellent accommodation choices for a wide range of travellers.
A 5 Star Auckland hotel, the SkyCity Grand Hotel offers guests premium accommodation right in the centre of Auckland City. Guests at the SkyCity Grand Hotel can dine at Gustos for breakfast, open Monday to Friday 6.30am-10.30am and Saturday or Sunday 6:30am-11am.
Enjoy the indoor heated 25-metre lap pool, 24 hour room service, on-call doctor, 24 hour gym and much more. Easy access to the Sky Tower, Casino, multiple dining options and the SkyCity Theatre – what more could you need for great night out in Auckland.
Room rates range from $329 for a Premium Luxury room through to nearly $2000 for the Grand Presidential Suite. The SkyCity Grand Hotel entrance is off Federal Street, valet parking is available at a small fee.
An upmarket Hotel right in the heart of the SkyCity entertainment complex, SkyCity Hotel guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast at Andy’s Burgers and Bar from Monday to Friday, and at Fortuna Buffet Saturday and Sunday. There are also a range of excellent restaurants and cafes within the SkyCity Entertainment complex to suit any occasion or preference.
The hotel offers a Full Concierge service, Cardio Room, baby sitting services, daily laundry and dry-cleaning services and much more. Spend an evening enjoying a meal at the Orbit 360° Dining restaurant on level 52 of the nearby Sky Tower then head out for a night on the town at the Aces Bar, Rouge Bar or Sammy’s Lounge for a more relaxed atmosphere.
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, very near the Sky Tower. 24/7 room service is available as well as valet parking (for a small fee).
There are over 20 restaurants and bars within the SkyCity entertainment complex, all of which are designed to cater to different tastes, ages and dining preferences.
For elegant fine dining and unbeatable views you can’t get better than The Sugar Club on level 53 of the Sky Tower, or for an authentic a tapas experience in Auckland try Bellota by Peter Gordon at 91 Federal Street.
Huami offers an authentic Chinese dining experience, while Al Brown’s Depot provides a great place for conversation and sharing a meal with friends and family. The Grill by Sean Connolly prides itself on fresh honest food and a great atmosphere while Fortuna is the place to be for freshly baked breads and Asian specialties.
Take your time and seek out the kind of dining that suits you at the Auckland SkyCity entertainment complex and the best part is its all within easy walking distance from your SkyCity Hotel.
The SkyCity Casino offers round the clock entertainment and excitement. Try your hand at the Gaming Machines or at one of the many Table Games on offer including favourites such as Blackjack, Roulette and Poker. Ever changing live entertainment and a selection of onsite food and bar options are also available.
Visitors to the Casino must be 20 years or over to enter, and a tidy standard of dress is required (no jandals, sunglasses or dirty/torn clothing). A regular schedule of events are also held every day of the week at the SkyCity entertainment complex. These events are spread throughout the various locations in and around the complex, and can include live Casino performances, sporting events and showcases.
Check out these links for more information on what’s on at SkyCity today and things to do in Auckland central. There is so much to see and do at SkyCity Auckland, don’t miss out on any of the fun on your next trip to the city of Auckland.
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