When in Auckland… why not throw yourself off New Zealand’s tallest building! It’s a wee bit less dramatic than it sounds: it’s basically a controlled base jump. Still heart attack-material though!
Adrenaline junkies can either get it over with fairly quickly and take a SkyJump, or max out the nerve-wrecking altitude experience by partaking in a SkyWalk.
Go ahead and jump!
SkyJumpers put on a special jump suit and a safety harness and are then hooked up to a cable before they jump off just a few metres above the general viewing platform. But before they “indulge” in a 192 metre straight fall at 83 km/h, they are left dangling at the viewing platform level for a few moments, just so that the average visitor can take a snapshot of them screaming in horror, cursing and begging for their release. So you see, it’s really an amusing experience for everyone!
Can you walk the walk?
SkyWalkers, on the other hand, are a league of their own. They may look like a chain gang in their orange suits, with their body harnesses all hooked up to overhead safety lines, but walking on a 1.2 metre wide platform at 192 metres above ground on the outside of the tower requires some serious nerves of steel. I’m sure the Force must be strong with these ones (sorry, I really couldn’t help it)!
As part of my Blog4NZ prize package, SkyJump Ltd generously contributed a voucher for a SkyWalk. I am somewhat of an adventure enthusiast, having bungy jumped a few times and looking to do a sky dive one day, but I am honestly very nervous about the SkyWalk. I am generally not a friend of heights, so being exposed to that over a period longer than just a few moments seems a lot more daunting.
What would you rather do? Jump off Sky Tower or take a walk around it 192 metres above the ground? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!