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Sky Tower, Auckland

The Sky Tower is a tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand. It is 328 metres tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Interestingly the architect publicly disassociated himself from the design. It is the 12th tallest member of the World Federation of Great Towers. The landmark is part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex, owned and operated by SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

As well as entertainment, the tower is used for telecommunications and broadcasting with the Auckland Peering Exchange (APE) being located on Level 48. A group of radio broadcasters share an FM transmitter here too, and television companies TV3 and C4 have a secondary transmitter here, their primary one being at Waiatarua. The upper portion of the tower contains two revolving restaurants and various observation decks. The tower attracts over 600,000 visitors a year.

The tower also features the SkyJump, a 192-metre cable-controlled base jump from the observation deck of the tower.

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