The Sky Tower is an Auckland icon. Built by SkyCity in 1997 as part of the SkyCity Casino and Hotel complex it is a must do attraction in Auckland city. The SkyCity complex contains a Casino, The Sky Tower, a popular theatre and at last count 20 bars and restaurants of very high standard, some of Auckland finest in fact. Skycity have essentially created their own attraction, and it’s only set to get bigger with a third SkyCity Hotel ‘Horizon‘ and New Zealand’s largest convention centre opening in 2020.

Hotels at the Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is owned by SkyCity. If you want to stay right at the Sky Tower then they currently have two hotels to choose from and a third hotel under construction, due for completion in 2020.

Skycity Hotel Suite 4 star hotel Auckland for business, couples and families

The 4 star cousin to the Skycity Grand Hotel. This is also an exceptional hotel for anyone visiting Auckland. Offering all the same central Auckland location benefits as Skycity Grand at a slightly lower price point. The rooms are almost as luxuriously appointed.

It’s great for anyone traveling to Auckland for any length of stay. Popular with business travelers, couples and families it offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the views from the Sky Tower or the fabulous restaurants of central Auckland’s Federal Street.

SkyCity Grand Hotel Best Auckland City Centre Business and Family Hotel

SkyCity Grand is consistently among the best hotels in Auckland. Thanks to it’s location in the middle of Auckland’s central business district, with many of Auckland’s best restaurants literally on the doorstep. This genuine 5 star hotel has everything you need for a holiday or a business trip. It’s part of the SkyCity complex including the SkyTower, SkyCity theatres and the SkyCity Casino. If you don’t stay here it’s still a must visit location while in Auckland.

This hotel has spacious well appointed rooms that are impeccably maintained. It has all of the facilities you could hope for in a Auckland city hotel including valet parking, gym, and spa.

Horizon Hotel Auckland at SkyCity

Currently under construction. This long delayed hotel is finally scheduled to open in early 2024 and is now taking bookings from 1 March 2024. Horizon will be a 5 star hotel in Auckland, and  will be connected to SkyCity and the Sky Tower via an air-bridge over Hobson Street. Horizon Hotel is being built to service the growth in demand for accommodation from the new New Zealand International Convention Centre (Also currently under construction – but delayed by a major fire in 2019). Horizon will be one of Auckland’s finest 5 star hotels when it finally opens.

Hotels & Accommodation Near the Sky Tower

These hotels while not part of the SkyCity entertainment complex are close to the Sky Tower.

Sudima Hotel Auckland City

Sudima Auckland City is a magnificent new (opened December 2020) 4 star hotel in an excellent location a short walk from the Sky Tower, Auckland Casino, and the yet to be opened New Zealand Convention Centre. It’s a walkable distance from the Viaduct and it has a great rooftop bar. This is one of the best value hotels in Auckland right now.

5 star Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland Spa Suite

Located in Central Auckland the 5 star Crowne Plaza Hotel is a short walk from the Sky Tower. It’s also close to Aotea Square, 10 pin bowling, movies, restaurants, and all that Auckland has to offer. There is a mall downstairs, it’s a 2 minute walk to Queen Street and 10 minutes to the Viaduct. This is a great location for families with young kids or teenagers, also an excellent Business Hotel.

Auckland Business Hotel Rydges Hotel Auckland exterior at night

Rydges Hotel is an excellent 4 star business hotel located on Auckland’s Federal Street. Because of it’s CBD location it’s really close to the Sky Tower.

A solid 4 star hotel, it provides comfortable rooms at a variety of price points ideal for business travellers with a medium budget looking for Auckland CBD Accommodation. Because they get so many business travelers most rooms contain a small desk suitable for computer work.

Heritage 4 star Hotel in Auckland CBD

This 4 Star Hotel is located in Auckland CBD so it’s a fairly short walk to the Viaduct and to the Sky Tower, however it’s a little further to Queen Street. It has a excellent heated rooftop pool making it a firm favorite with families. For serious swimmers it’s also got an indoor lap pool. Look out for their excellent school holiday deals.

President Hotel Auckland Central

Cheap 3 Star President Hotel in Auckland CBD

President Hotel is a cheap 3 star hotel with a great location in downtown Auckland. The rooms a clean well kept, it offers excellent value for money for anyone travelling on a budget. The two room family suite is great value for those travelling with children. Close to Queen Street, the SkyTower and in easy walking distance of Viaduct Harbour or Spark Arena, the location is right in the heart of Auckland CBD.

Activities & Dining at Sky Tower.

SkyCity Entertainment Precinct has plenty to do for locals and tourists alike. There’s over 20 bars and restaurants, as well the casino, theatre, and the Sky Tower itself. For those seeking adventure try the Sky Walk or Sky Jump. Or for something more relaxing, learn to mix cocktails at twentyone, or get totally relaxed at East Day Spa. SkyCity has an activity for everyone.

Activities at the Sky Tower.

SkyCity Entertainment Precinct has plenty to do for locals and tourists alike. There’s over 20 bars and restaurants, as well the casino, theatre, and the Sky Tower itself. For those seeking adventure try the Sky Walk or Sky Jump. Or for something more relaxing, learn to mix cocktails at twentyone, or get totally relaxed at East Day Spa. SkyCity has an activity for everyone.

Sky Tower Viewing Deck

view of skytower with Devonport and Rangitoto in the background

The best views in Auckland. The iconic Sky Tower is the tallest building by a huge margin and the views are spectacular.

Sky Jump

Why just admire the view from the Sky Tower when you can jump off.

Sky Walk

If jumping off the Sky Tower isn’t for you? Then this may be the next best thing. Sky Walk gets you right outside on the ledge. Not the activity for folks who don’t like heights. But if you want the best view in Auckland then this activity is for you.

East Day Spa

Recently voted New Zealand’s best hotel spa for the second year in a row. East Day Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself.

SkyCity Casino at Sky Tower in Auckland.

Gamble the night away at SkyCity. Actually you can gamble the day away too. SkyCity Casino is open for your “investments” 24/7. The only limit is your bank account.

Dining at the Sky Tower.

There are plenty of great dining options at the Sky Tower, with restaurants both up the tower and in SkyCity below.


My favorite of all the SkyCity Restaurants. MASU is a Japanese robata style restaurant and bar. It’s located in SkyCity’s Federal Street dining precinct.


Bellota is Spanish style tapas by Peter Gordon. Make sure you try the 36 month cured Spanish Ham.

The Grill

The Grill has New Zealand’s best Steak Library. If you’re looking for beef then this is the place for you. They also have magnificent seafood but with steak that good on offer why would you?


Al Brown’s Depot has been one of New Zealand’s top restaurants ever since it opened. Describing itself as Fast Fun and Fresh, there is nothing pretentious about Depot, and they do not take bookings so if you’re willing to wait you can always get a table.


Auckland’s best Yum Cha. A luxurious take on traditional chinese flavours. Truffle & prawn dumplings anyone? Try the famous Nectar Set Menu. It’s an experience you will remember.

Gusto at the Grand

Simple Italian food done well. Gusto at The Grand is a pasta lovers dream. They make sure to use the best fresh ingredients and treat them with the utmost respect to retain all the natural flavours.

Federal Delicatessen

Al Brown’s other restaurant on Federal Street. This is a New York style Deli. Specifically a Jewish New York style Deli actually. Think bagels, pastrami, and reuben sandwiches. Like a trip to New York for the price of a sandwich.

Restaurants up the Sky Tower

The Sugar Club

A modern Fusion restaurant with excellent plant based options including an entire plant based set menu. Don’t worry meat eaters, they have you covered as well with plenty of animals on the menu. Peter Gordon has reached new heights with Sugar Club.


Like any good tower, Sky Tower has a revolving restaurant. If The Sugar Club is a little out of your price range then Orbit offers a slightly cheaper option. Don’t forget you get free entry to the Sky Tower view deck as well as dinner in the restaurant.

Other Sky Tower Restaurants and Bars

Fortuna Buffet Restaurant Eat yourself into a food coma at Auckland’s best buffet.

Andy’s Burgers Casual dining with quality burgers, fries and beer.

Sammy’s Lounge More of a bar with food than a restaurant. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

twentyone LIve DJs, cocktails and an all night menu for that 4am cheeseburger you just gotta have.

Sky Cafe Grab a snack or light meal while you’re at the Sky Tower viewing deck.

How was the Sky Tower built?

The Sky Tower was built using high strength reinforced concrete. See how the Sky Tower was built in this video.

How tall is the Sky Tower?

Auckland’s Sky Tower is 328m tall. Making it the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and 25th in the world.

Is the Sky Tower taller than the Eiffel Tower?

Yup. It’s 8m taller than the Eiffel Tower.

How many stairs are in the Sky Tower?

There are 1267 steps in Auckland’s Sky Tower.

How much does it cost to go up the Sky Tower?

$32 per Adult, $13 per Child (6-14) Under 5s are free. Students and Seniors are $23.