The Sky Tower, at 1076 feet (327 meters), is the tallest building in New Zealand, and a distinctive part of Auckland’s skyline. As well as enjoying city views from the observation decks, visitors can jump 629 feet (192 meters) from the outside of the building, reaching speeds of 55 miles (88 kilometers) per hour.
The SkyJump is consistently rated one of the best things to do in Auckland. You’re in a face-forward flying position, meaning you can enjoy the sweeping views of Auckland all the more. Some travelers like to combine a SkyJump with other Sky Tower activities. Packages that combine a SkyJump and a SkyWalk are available—the latter allowing panoramic, barrierless views from the tower without having to jump.
Things to Know Before You Go
Student and backpacker discounts are available.
The SkyJump is cancelled when the wind is too high (43 miles/70 kilometers per hour) or in other extreme weather.
Jumpers receive a complimentary ticket to take another trip up to the Sky Tower’s observation deck on the same day.
Weight restrictions do apply for the SkyJump: the minimum is 77 pounds (35 kilograms) and maximum 269 pounds (122 kilograms).
Travelers must be at least 10 years old to jump.
How to Get There
The Sky Tower is in the center of Auckland, and is unmissable. If staying in central Auckland, it’s easy to walk there. Otherwise, taxis and buses that travel to the Central Business District are easy to find. Once at the Sky Tower, the SkyJump entrance is at the base of the tower; take the escalators down from the street-level entrance.
When to Get There
SkyJump is open every day of the year except December 25, from 10am until 5:15pm. Jumps are cancelled in extreme weather, and conditions tend to be drier and sunnier in the summer months (December–February) than the winter (June–August).
Where to Be a Spectator
It’s fun to watch others plummeting to the ground from the safety and comfort of a bench inside the Sky Tower. Special viewing areas with countdown clocks have been set up on the inside observation decks, the Sky Deck and Main Observation Level. Sit back and wait to see the terrified or excited looks on other jumpers’ faces—but don’t blink for too long or you might miss them.
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