Travel photo: Sky jump from Sky Tower, Auckland

Auckland Sky Tower with Jumper

Auckland Sky Tower with Jumper

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!

 

Christina Hegele

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  27 comments for “Travel photo: Sky jump from Sky Tower, Auckland

  1. 20 May, 2011 at 00:07

    We watched a couple of these – I personally couldn’t do it because I’m terrified of heights but a friend did it (twice) and loved it!

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 11:33

      Twice? The jump must have been good!

  2. 20 May, 2011 at 01:01

    Oh, I’d say the SkyWalk for sure. Especially if it scares the pants off you. You know how great you’re going to feel once you conquer your fear. Go for it!

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 11:29

      True. Although I think I’d feel great after a jump, too.

  3. 20 May, 2011 at 04:34

    I am finding it VERY hard to imagine myself doing either…

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 11:28

      That pretty much sums it up for me, too!

  4. 20 May, 2011 at 10:20

    I’d walk it. I have bungee jumped, and once was enough for me :-)S

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 12:28

      I loved bungy jumping. I’m very intrigued by this SkyJump you see…

  5. 20 May, 2011 at 11:32

    Sorry but I couldn’t do it. I love the views but I am so clumsy when it comes to my feet that this isn’t a good idea for me! 🙂

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 18:09

      That makes the jump all the more suitable for you then! 😀

  6. 20 May, 2011 at 11:43

    Walk! That’s badass.

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 18:11

      That’s a great pep talk, actually! One word: badass.

  7. 20 May, 2011 at 17:01

    I have been bungee jumping but no way could I do it there.

    • Christina
      20 May, 2011 at 18:12

      I can relate to that – when I bungy jumped off Kawarau Bridge, the Kawarau River at least gave me the illusion of survival in case of the cord snapping. With concrete that’s a little harder (excuse the pun).

  8. 20 May, 2011 at 23:57

    Wow, I think I’d go for watching both…from the ground, I’m a bit (very) afraid of heights! Awesome that you have this opportunity Christina – hope have a great time!

    • Christina
      21 May, 2011 at 00:08

      Hi Mark! I was afraid of heights, too. Nothing that a bungy jump can’t cure-now I’m just extremely nervous about heights… We’ll see. The majority is leaning towards the SkyWalk so far!

  9. 21 May, 2011 at 15:54

    When we lived in NZ, my youngest daughter posed for one of those photos that just look like you’ve jumped off the Sky Tower. Doesn’t count, I suppose. But then again, she was only 2 🙂

    • Christina
      21 May, 2011 at 16:31

      Sophie, I get the feeling you’re raising a future adventure enthusiast 🙂 That picture must be really cute!

  10. 25 May, 2011 at 16:03

    Wow — I don’t think I could do it. Sorry to admit that. But I’m sure you’ll have no problems as an adventurer whose already bungy jumped! Let us know how it goes.

    • Christina
      26 May, 2011 at 14:50

      Don’t be sorry – you just know what you want and like, and what you don’t! Will definitely report when I get to go to NZ next time around.

  11. 26 May, 2011 at 14:44

    I went to top of the skytower a few times, and I know who high it is from the top. But I think I would still pick the jump 🙂

    • Christina
      26 May, 2011 at 14:53

      I know, I’ve been up there, too, laughing as the jumpers dangled outside the viewing platform… I think the worst part for the jumper is when their feet have to leave the platform, just like with bungy. What’s the worst part for the walker? Just a half hour of pure terror, I guess.

  12. 28 May, 2011 at 06:29

    If you got a voucher for the SkyWalk then you can’t not do it! 🙂

    That said, I get unbalanced when I’m walking on high platforms so I would prefer the jump. I would also much enjoy taking photos of terrified jumpers dangling below the platform… at least until that was me! haha.

    • Christina
      28 May, 2011 at 16:26

      Annie, of course I’ll give it a go whenever I’m back in NZ for a holiday. I get your problem with being unbalanced on high platforms. “Don’t look down” doesn’t really work here, because you’re so high up you can’t kid yourself anymore…

  13. 17 August, 2011 at 09:52

    Great Christina once in a life time experience JUMP

  14. 8 September, 2011 at 05:57

    I just want to share that I have also tried this wonderful experience before when I visited the country.

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