It’s the first week of the school holidays and no doubt we’re all scrambling to line up a few activities to not only keep the kids busy but also make the most of the time to enjoy some family fun together.
The Sky Tower has been an icon of Auckland’s skyline for 20 years, at 328 meters high it’s a hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views. Those views 220 metres high above street level are the main awesome attraction of the tower, and if you’re game enough you can book yourself a thrilling rush with a Sky Jump off the tower, or a dizzying harnessed walk outdoors 192m high with Sky Walk!
There’s 3 dining choices in the tower, but for our family trip the Sky Cafe would be the best choice for a coffee and cake, at the base of the tower, is SKYCITY, which has over 20 restaurants to choose from including a burger bar – burgers, and yum cha strangely enough, are hands down the easiest way to get my kids fed.
School holiday activities are also held at the Sky Tower three times a year providing fun for the whole family. These holidays they’re holding The Tower Champs, 10am–3pm daily until 29 April 2018.
Compete in sporting challenges on multiple levels and earn three collector’s wristbands to become a sporting legend – and so we did, with the miserable weather at the weekend it was the perfect opportunity to get the kids along to the Tower Champs, and the view was still worthwhile.
At first my two four year olds stood there as miserable as the weather, unenthused as teenagers I couldn’t muster up any energy for them to hit their first activity on the main observation level. It was a type of long jump, where you run and jump, we however, shuffled and stood. It was shyness causing this slightly embarrassing sporting performance but the helpers enthusiastically handed over their first collectors wristbands.
If you collect all three wristbands available there’s an opportunity to attend the Run, Jump, Throw event a sporting day of similar activities at the SKYCITY Convention Centre on 27th April 2018, between 12-2pm. Here you’ll also meet some sporting heroes from the recent Commonwealth Games. Spots are limited so you’d need to collect your wristbands sooner rather than later!
I’m not the best with heights but the kids had zero concern with it – always impressive to someone who has to clutch hold of the pushchair to acclimatise at first. The views across the city and harbour are amazing and worth every extra breath it took for me to look. Once the kids did their own acclimatisation of their shyness they raised their game and we searched to see all the landmarks we know with the kids investigating the city from the transparent floor panels that I was nowhere near.
We travelled up to the Sky Deck for the throwing skills target wall to achieve their next band, it became apparent one kid was possibly more skilled than the other at this point. More amazing views later and down we went to the sky café for a quick pit stop for the kids and… caffeine, basically.
The final band was received at what was probably the favourite activity for the kids – a wee relay around the secret level of the Sky Tower. They posed on the podium to complete their Sky Tower champs and we exited into SKYCITY for burgers and fries… the food of champions isn’t it?
A family pass to the Sky Tower is $65 for 2 adults and 2 kids (children under 6 are free). If the family haven’t experienced the heights and sights from the Sky Tower it’s certainly a trip that’s worth doing, and if you head up over the holidays there’s the added bonus of holiday activities like the Sky Tower Champs, and Run, Jump, Throw.
Normal Sky Tower admissions apply. Please note: On Friday 20 April the Sky Deck will be closed from 1.30pm for a major event. Last tickets sold at 2.30pm.
You can also be in to win the Ultimate Prize Pack worth $1,275.
- Money can’t buy experience for you and five friends to sit on the sideline couches at the Vodafone Warriors vs West Tigers game at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday May 5th 2018 from 4–6pm
- $100 worth of food and drinks for you and your friends at the game
- A Family Pass to come back to the Sky Tower (RRP $65)
- $75 Andy’s Burgers & Bar Voucher
- Vodafone Warriors supporters ball (RRP $35)
Entries must be received on or before 29 April 2018.
Written for Kidspot by Ronnie Swainston