A first glimpse of Auckland

On the flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand I first watched a couple of movies. These included Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, and X-Men: Last Stand. A dinner was also served, including chicken, mashed potatoes with zucchini, a salad, and berry cake. I tried to sleep after that. For breakfast I had a fruit platter, yogurt, and a pineapple coconut muffin. Meanwhile, I also watched The Emperor’s New Groove. The plane landed on April 30 at 5:15 AM in New Zealand.

We collected baggage, passed through customs, and then took a taxi to our hotel/apartment room at the Celestion Waldorf apartments. Luckily we were provided with a room that early in the morning. It was very nice with two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, comfy sofa, and balcony. We washed up, then went to walk around the city. We passed through the streets exploring, before stopping at a Countdown (grocery store). Here, we bought a cheese and bacon pull-apart bread for second breakfast. We were eating our bread, when a whole bunch of people started coming down the street, and bagpipes were playing. Surprised, we dashed out of the grocery store to see what the excitement was. Turns out there were a bunch of people graduating from the University of Auckland, who were parading down the street.

After that, we continued walking until we got to the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is the highest free standing tower in the southern hemisphere, at 328m tall from ground to mast. At the main deck and observation deck, a wonderful view of Auckland could be seen. This was a good chance for us to see our surroundings having just arrived!

Looking up at the Sky Tower
Looking up at the Sky Tower
A view of the wonderful city of Auckland
A view of the wonderful city of Auckland

Another fantastic view from the other side of the tower

If you need an adrenaline rush, you can partake in the “SkyJump”. Although I would not ever do this myself, it was amusing to watch other people instead. In the SkyJump, a person jumps from the observation deck to the ground. They are attached to cables which guides their path to a sort of target/trampoline looking thing by the base of the tower.

A brave person falling...
A brave person falling…
There are areas with glass floors in the Sky Tower. I was a bit scared at first to step on them. :P
There are areas with glass floors in the Sky Tower. I was a bit scared at first to step on them. Notice the bullseye on the ground, where the people jumping off the tower land.

In case you are interested in this sort of thing, check this out as well! ūüėČ

How did builders ensure that the Sky Tower was perfectly straight?
How did builders ensure that the Sky Tower was perfectly straight? (Click to zoom)

The elevator was also scary because it moved really fast and had glass windows and a glass floor. Enjoy this quick video of the elevator ride going down.


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