Experience The Heights And Highs On Offer In Auckland New Zealand

Experience The Heights And Highs On Offer In Auckland New Zealand
Jolyn
Jolyn 
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Auckland may not be considered the adventure capital of New Zealand. However, the city certainly offers a number of high-rise activities for the fearless thrill-seeking traveller.

From Bridge Climbs and Bungy Jumps, to Sky Walks and Sky Dives, you can take in the view and experience the delight of Auckland’s thrill-seeking adventure activities. So, if you are unafraid of heights or you are just looking for the next adrenalin boost, there is something here for you.

Bridge Climb and Bungy Jump

Take a plunge off the Harbour Bridge
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Auckland Harbour Bridge spans the Waitemata Harbour connecting Auckland to the city’s North Shore. Over a kilometre long and rising some 43 metres from the water, the bridge is home to AJ Hackett’s Bridge Climb and Bungy Jump.

The team at AJ Hackett are always looking for new ways to expand the experience for visitors and locals. This is the only Bridge Climb in New Zealand and the world’s first Harbour Bridge Bungy. Seize the opportunity to conquer both.

Take on the Bridge Climb to enjoy 360 degree views of the harbour, Auckland City and its surrounds. Followed by a 40 metre Bungy Jump to touch the ocean below.

Sky Walk and Sky Jump

Leap off tall buildings
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At over 220 metres high, Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere. Here you can take ‘living on the edge’ to a new level. Take a walk along the narrow platform which runs around the outside of the tower. Suspended by a harness and safety wire, dare to take on the challenges set by your guide.

The Sky Jump is described as Base Jumping on a wire. This activity is not for the faint-hearted, it goes against all natural instinct to throw yourself off the building toward a tiny target over 190 metres below.

Sky Tower observation deck

Vistas, views and panoramas
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For the less adventurous, the main observation deck allows you to take in the sights from inside the building. Enjoy spectacular seascapes and landscapes as you walk around the glass encased viewing platform.

Sights from the observation platform present views of Rangitoto Island, Orakei to the east and the city sprawl to the south. You may even see, albeit briefly, a sky-jumper hurtle past. A large clock counts down to let you know when the next thrill-seeker is ready to leap.

Sky Deck located on level 60 of the Sky Tower was closed due to lift maintenance works at the time of visit. There is a café lounge & bar on level 50 of the towers and the Orbit revolving restaurant is located on level 52.

Skydiving

Jump out of a small plane
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Located a 40 minute drive north of the city, is Parakai Aerodrome and Skydive Auckland. Here you can choose to tandem skydive from 9 000, 13 000 or 16 500 feet. After a short video and safety brief, you don your jumpsuit and harness before boarding a small plan that ascends to your chosen jump point.

Sitting on the edge of the plane, with little time to think, you are suddenly bursting through the clouds. View the Kaipara River as it winds through the patchwork landscape below. Take in the rolling green countryside and views of the coastline and ocean beyond.

The sky's the limit

Auckland City is home of New Zealand’s tallest building and only bridge climb. So for the fearless, the young at heart, or just plain crazy, harness yourself in for an adventurous time. The sky really is the limit.

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Jolyn is a freelance writer from Southland, New Zealand. A keen traveller and food enthusiast, she likes exploring new places, cultures and culinary delights. Recently based in Spain her travels...Read more

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