Kiwiana – “big” things to see in New Zealand.
While I was researching information for my previous blog it dawned on me that we as a country do seem to honour our Kiwiana and things which make us kiwis’ by making “big things” to pay them homage.
New Zealand may be a small country but we compensate with a whole bunch of very BIG things!
New Zealand is about 2.5 times smaller than the state of Texas (USA) alone, however, our huge volcanoes, mountain chains and love for the outdoors inspires us to create big things. Huge things even! If it was ever on your bucket list to see a giant trout or even a humongous soda bottle, then New Zealand is the place to do it. Artists have created enormous sculptures all around the country to promote movies or a local beverage to attract tourists or simply for the love of art. Here are just a few of them to give you an idea of what I mean.
THE SKY TOWER
The tallest free-standing building of the Southern Hemisphere tops my list! It stands tall and proud in Auckland Central. Ride to 186 metres in an elevator as you watch the ground shoot away from you through a glass floor. Then get panoramic views of the city through the windows or by hanging off the ledge as you walk the perimeter.
Located in Auckland Central, North Island the Sky Tower is the tallest building in New Zealand, and stands at 1,076 feet, or roughly 328 metres, and took two years and nine months to build in its entirety.
The tower has three public circular observation levels, which offer a 360 degree view of Auckland. These are the Sky Deck, Main Observation level and Sky Lounge.
These observation decks, offer different opportunities for the very adventurous individuals to perform a Skywalk, where you walk around the outside of the tower at 629 feet, and they even offer the opportunity to bungee jump from this platform as well! Not something I have ever been keen to try!!!