Dear Mom: Taunted By The Sky Tower

Dear Mom,

Ok, don’t freak out. This is so not a big deal. And I’m not going to beat around the bush and distract you or prolong the inevitable. I’m just going to come out and say it.

It’s like ripping off a bandaid, really. I’m just going to tell you and it’s going to sting for a second and then, it will be totally ok.


I hung off the side of a building – the tallest freestanding structure in this neck of the woods, actually. I know you said to stop being so crazy, but this time, I just couldn’t help it. The Sky Tower was taunting me the whole time I was in Auckland. Taunting me, saying I couldn’t do it, saying I wouldn’t do it. Ever since I first read about the Sky Tower, I have been curious about taking the plunge and doing the full-on Sky Jump, but it was expensive and of course, I was thinking of your mental health. Thoughtful of me, right?! Instead, I chose the SkyWalk, which is totally no big deal at 192 meters off the ground.

I had to take a breathalyzer test before going to the top!

I admit, when we first stepped out of the tower and onto the platform, I was shaky. Even though we were harnessed and probably far safer than if we were driving cars on the highway below, I planned to spend the entire hour above Auckland squarely planted in the middle of the walkway. But, oh no. Our guide Jason had us put our toes right over the edge of the skyscraper as soon as we got out there. And that was only the beginning.

By the end of our time touring the ring at the top of the tower, I spotted the Auckland City Hotel where I stayed and Albert Park where I napped and the McDonald’s where I found free WiFi… and I can’t believe it, but I was actually quite comfy dangling my whole self over the edge.

No big deal, Ma. I’m really getting used to this daredevilly stuff.

See Ma, that didn’t hurt at all. Just like ripping off a bandaid.



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  • January 29, 2011

    I did this, too! I thought it was FAR scarier than the SkyJump or skydiving, as you’re walking around for a full half hour up there–without a guardrail.

    • January 30, 2011

      I was surprised how scary it really was… but I did get used to being up there after a while.

  • January 29, 2011

    (Haha, I only realized the second time I read this that you mentioned you saw it on my site. So duh, you knew I did it too =) )

  • January 29, 2011

    You can knock off the crazy stuff any time now. I thought you were the child with common sense.
    You are so grounded-if you ever come home….

  • January 29, 2011

    AHHHHH! I can’t believe you did this! I would be TERRIFIED! OMGosh! I’m still freaking out for you! I even made Pat watch it and he said “effff that!” LOL Then started singing the song Angie…

    Anyway, you’re so super awesome! Can’t believe you did this! Proud of you and love living vicariously through you and your travels. Keep it up friend!!! 🙂


  • January 29, 2011

    OMG…..I am amazed and impressed…. Glad you wrote this AFTER the experience so we know you are OK….. I will never see these things for myself .. so thanks for taking us along!!!!!!

    • January 30, 2011

      I have learned that it’s best to go ahead and do whatever I want, and ask for forgiveness later =) Love ya!

  • January 30, 2011

    That is so crazy! I must say that I had the exact same reaction as Brittany, sat down with Billy and he had the same reaction as Pat! So funny! You are nuts!

  • February 16, 2011
    Jordan Simpson

    OMG! I would have been freaking out! Looks like you are having an amazing time!

  • January 13, 2012

    Oh hell no. I get shaky legs on a tall ladder.

    • January 13, 2012

      I DEFINITELY had shaky legs. Was pretty jiggly up there.

  • January 20, 2012

    Awesome! I used to work in a shop on the viaduct and we could see from the window the little orange dots walking around the sky tower. 😛 I never felt inclined to do it myself though…

    • January 22, 2012

      While it was pretty scary, it was definitely manageable after a few minutes out there. The SkyJump though… I probably won’t get the courage for that one anytime soon!

  • December 04, 2012
    Kim S

    Hi Angie! My husband and I (both fellow Florida Gators!) are headed to New Zealand later this week, and a friend just forwarded me a link to your site (after I mentioned I was feeling overwhelmed by packing for 2+ weeks haha). We hadn’t decided yet what we were going to do in Auckland, but I think this looks awesome! Will be showing it to my husband later tonight (but since his current vote is for bungee jumping – which I have vetoed by the way – he shouldn’t have any issue with a little bit of building-hanging). 🙂

    • December 04, 2012

      Gator Nation!

      The SkyTower is great and maybe it will have enough daring adventure for both of you – you can choose the walk around, and your hubby can do the jump. That looked just as scary to me as any bungee!

      Have a blast in NZ!

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