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Photo courtesy of PlanetGordon.com

We’ve been meaning to go to Auckland’s SkyCity Casino for years and finally made it there yesterday.  We arrived early (10:30 a.m.!) and stayed for about 1 1/2 hours. It was fun playing the machines and people-watching! But the Casino is just one part of the SkyCity complex. There is also a 328 metre high Sky Tower, multiple restaurants, bars, two hotels, a spa, conference centre, theatre and a 10 screen multiplex cinema (including an IMAX).

After a profitable morning, we headed upstairs to one of the many restaurants for lunch.  Peter Gordon, probably New Zealand’s most famous chef, opened dine in the SkyCity complex in 2005.  We were first introduced to Peter’s remarkable cuisine at his London restaurant, The Sugar Club (now closed). Peter then opened The Providores and Tapa Room, and Kopapa in London and Bellota and dine in Auckland.  But yesterday, we opted for the lunch buffet at the newly refurbished Fortuna and we weren’t alone. It’s quite difficult to find a buffet in Auckland, so it was very popular!

But, what is really spectacular about the SkyCity complex is the Sky Tower.  It offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction from its three observation decks. If that isn’t exciting enough, you can take advantage of SkyJump, a bungee jumping experience or SkyWalk, an ‘edge walk’ around the tower’s pergola.  At 192 metres above ground, these activities are not for the fainthearted!

Back on terra firma, you can indulge yourself at the East Day Spa housed in the SkyCity Grand Hotel.  We didn’t have time yesterday, but have gone in the past and the treatments are sublime!  Try their Memsahib package or simply a one hour massage, depending on how much time and money you want to spend.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! If you are here for the World Cup, on vacation, or planning a holiday to Auckland, include SkyCity in your list of must-do’s – you won’t be disappointed!

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

Postscript: For more information visit SkyCity

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