4 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower...

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Castle Court Motel

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Not much nature for us for one day, we were off to Auckland. Specifically we went to (and up) the Sky Tower (which as you might now know, is 4 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower :P).

Since we (as well as Chrissy who was with us of course :)) didn't want to take the car into downtown Auckland, we drove to Devonport and took the ferry (passengers only, no cars allowed!) across to downtown. After arriving we found a nice kebab place for a quick brunch and then onwards to the Sky Tower.

As with almost any tourist attraction around, the Sky Tower also had a gift shop at the ground floor and so we are now the proud owners of several more t-shirts proclaiming New Zealand as a great place to be.

Going up the Sky Tower was fast and smooth with the elevators and the view from there is quite spectacular (It IS after all the tallest building in the southern hemisphere...).

As New Zealand is the country of extreme sports, even the famous Sky Tower had to give in and you can now do either a Sky Jump or a Sky Walk there.
The Sky Walk takes you all the way up and lets you get outside to walk around the rim of the tower with nothing between you and a 192 meter drop (You are of course secured via a few wires).
The Sky JUMP we got to witness a few times and is basically a free fall from the tower to the ground floor via a guiding wire (Which slows you down just before you go SPLAT!). None of us were actually brave enough to DO this, but we did enjoy watching a person plummet past our window while we sat at a table having a drink ;).

The most daring thing the three of us did was walking across the bits of glass flooring that is on the observation deck.

Yay for us!!!
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bluejeans on

Martijn found a kebab that ALMOST met with his expectations of being sufficiently meaty :)and wasnt the tiniest bit queasy afterwards while zooming skywards in a lift with nasssty glass walls.
I think today was the day that I decided that if Trude was to have an American-Indian name it should be 'eagle-eye' as she was always the first one to spot whatever it was that the rest of us couldn't see/find/explain. Which considering that I was supposed to be their tour-guide *cheesy sheepish grin*

panamapeter on

Al dik twee weken onderweg
Hallo Trude en Martijn,

Jullie hebben tot nu toe geen reactie van ons ontvangen maar wij volgen jullie vakantiereis toch met belangstelling. We bewonderen prachtige jullie foto's.
Geniet er zolang mogelijk van. Wij blijven jullie natuurlijk volgen.
Hartelijke groeten.

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