Sky Tower

Tuesday, 10th June 2008 by

The 12th tallest member of the World Federation of Great Towers, Auckland’s Sky Tower is 328 metres tall (from ground level to the top of the mast), which makes it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere1.

Friend of Google Sightseeing, Nev, is currently doing a 29000 mile trip around the planet, and yesterday (or today, or possibly tomorrow depending on your time zone) decided to leap off this very tower. Twice.

He was able to achieve this death-defying feat thanks to a “fan descender free fall system” that controlled his descent over 192 metres! Here’s a picture of someone engaging in this utterly ridiculous pastime.

If you’re thinking this all sounds a bit familiar, then you may have read our 2005 post on the Macau Sky Tower, which was commissioned by billionaire Stanley Ho Hung-Sun after he saw the Auckland Sky Tower, and decided he wanted one for himself. A little bit taller, naturally.

You can read more about the Auckland Sky Tower at Wikipedia, or entertain yourself with posts about other members of the World Federation of Great Towers that we’ve featured in the past.

  1. You’ll recall that antenna are allowed in height category 4 of the world’s tallest buildings.