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Auckland Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is a tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal streets in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand

From ground level to the top of the mast it is 328 metres tall, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The landmark is a part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex, owned and operated by SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

After two and a half years of construction the tower was opened on March 3, 1997. During construction 15,0000 cubic metres of concrete, 2,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 660 tonnes of structural steel were used to build the tower. The mast itself weighs more than 170 tonnes.

It attracts over 600,000 visitors each year.

As well as being used for observation and amusement, the tower is used for telecommunications and broadcasting. The upper portion of the tower contains two restaurants and various observation decks.

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Auckland at night, with the Sky Tower in the background

It is the 12th tallest member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

See Also: List of towers

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