SKYCITY Auckland is a casino, entertainment and events centre located at the base of the Sky Tower, on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets.
As well as the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY complex includes two hotels, eight dedicated bars, fourteen restaurants, a casino, a 700 seat theatre, and a convention centre. Also on the Hobson Street side is a bus terminal where Intercity and Great Sights tour buses arrive and depart. This is where I met my friend Tash who had come up from Hamilton on the bus for Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
After checking in at her hotel, Rendezvous Grand Hotel, we had a 1:30pm lunch reservation at Fortuna Buffet Restaurant at SKYCITY.
- breakfast daily from 6:30am – 10am (adults $22.90, children 4-9 years $9.90, 10-14 years $12.90)
- lunch Monday to Friday from 12pm – 2:30pm (adults $22.90, children 4-9 years $9.90, 10-14 years $12.90), Saturday to Sunday from 11:30am – 2:30pm (adults $24.90, children 4-9 years $10.90, 10-14 years $13.90)
- dinner Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm (adults $22.90, children 4-9 years $12.90, 10-14 years $15.90), Friday to Saturday from 5:30pm – late (adults $34.90, children 4-9 years $14.90, 10-14 years $19.90
The buffet lunch included two options of soup with a wide selection of breads, cold salad and seafood bar, a carvery station with a selection of hot meats with ham, beef and chicken options.
Tea and coffee was included in the price. For an additional $5 each we purchased a large Coca-Cola glass with unlimited refills.
I like my desserts so I’m usually a pretty tough judge when it comes to dessert bars and unfortunately Fortuna’s selection did not live up to my expectations.
But overall the price is good value for what you get. You have an hour and half from arrival to dine.
After lunch we went up the Sky Tower. At 328 metres tall, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. Construction began in 1994 and it officially opened on August 3rd 1997. The Sky Tower also operates as a telecommunication tower providing television and radio transmission frequencies.
The Sky Tower is open 365 days of the year, weather permitting. From May to September it is open daily from 9am to 10pm. From October to April it is open 8:30am to 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday, and 8:30am to 11:30pm Friday and Saturday. Last tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Single Entry is $28 adult, child (6-14 years) $11. There are also annual passes available. Admission includes entry to 186 metre Main Observation Level, 182 metre Sky Lounge cafe and bar, and 220 metre Sky Deck.
The Main Observation Level and the Sky Deck offer views up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
The Sky Tower offers views up to 80 kms in every direction
The Main Observation Level has glass floor panels, which you can stand on. Not to worry the glass 38mm thick and is strong as the concrete floor.
Glass floor panels are 38mm thick
On the Sky Deck you can lean back on the glass windows.
For an extra $2 you can upgrade for multiple visits in one day but I recommend visiting just before sunset so you get both sun and night.
Sun sets on Auckland City
Auckland City at night
At 190 metres, between the Main Observation Deck and Sky Deck is Orbit – New Zealand’s only 360-degree revolving restaurant. They offer lunch (11:30am – 2:15pm, Monday to Friday; 11am to 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday), Dinner (Daily 5:30pm – 4:30pm) and a High Tea on weekends (2:30pm to 4:30pm).
Orbit diners also receive complimentary entry to the Sky Tower 45 minutes prior to/and or after dining. They require a minimum spend of $30 per person for lunch and $40 per person for dinner.
I have been to Orbit twice, once for a joint birthday celebration for my 21st and my sister’s 15th, and again last year for my dad’s 60th.
Flashback: At Orbit restaurant celebrating 21st and sister’s 15th
After visiting the Main Observation Level and Sky Deck, Tash and I went down to the Sky Lounge cafe and bar and finished the evening with a beverage looking out over the city.
Hot chocolate in the Sky Lounge