As a special treat we decided to have dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland city centre.  We had timed our booking for 8.30pm so that we could go onto the Observation Deck during full daylight, but dine as darkness fell in order to get spectacular views of the city lights.

The lift took about 30 seconds to whizz us up to the Observation Deck which is 186 metres above ground, and we were able to watch our ascent through a glass panel in the lift floor, as well as outwards through glass doors.  On arrival, we had almost an hour before dinner to walk round and take in the amazing 360 degree views over harbours, islands, volcanic cones and cityscape.  It was still a beautifully sunny day, so it was a perfect opportunity to take photos of the city which is full of greenery from the many trees and parks.  All around the edge of the Observation Deck there are 38mm thick glass floor panels, through which we could take photographs down to the ground showing the column of the Tower itself. 

Later it was time to get back into the lift to ascend another floor to The Orbit restaurant, situated 190 metres (over 620 feet) above ground. The floor of the restaurant is doughnut shaped around the central column of the Tower and is powered to rotate in a full circle each hour.  The dining tables are positioned around the outside edge, next to the glass windows so that you have unimpeded views which are ever changing as you circulate.  As we were eating each course, the light faded until ultimately it was totally dark so we could see all the city lights stretching for miles around.

As you would expect in an exclusive city centre restaurant, the food was amazing and beautifully presented with an unrushed service, allowing us to enjoy the ultimate two-hour dining experience.  The combination of changing views from this altitude whilst daytime transformed into night, together with the wonderful food made for an unforgettable evening in Auckland.