The Western Springs speedway has been around in Auckland for 76 years and probably for most of that time it has been a bone of contention for the residences in the area. Unfortunately with the noise and their inability to comply with the noise limits, the speedway may one day be forced to close.
I certainly remember as a little girl being dragged along on Saturday nights by my older brothers (because they were made to) to see the speedway. It would be a shame to see it gone.
During the year the stadium hosts a maximum of three practice sessions, 20 races, and six concerts. Check out their website for dates of meetings.
Skytower Sky Jump
Not one jump I am likely to do. This jump is different in the respect that it is a cable-controlled base jump from Auckland’s Sky Tower. You can choose to go feet first or just glide down head first. A special suit with a full body harness is provided and you are attached to a wire cable and a descender unit. The cable drum feeds out the wire behind you as you fall at a controlled speed. As you step off the observation deck on the Sky Tower, you see a miniature red bull’s eye painted on a raised platform 192 metres below. You then fall at about 60kph and as you approach the ground, decelerate until you finally touch down on the lower platform. All in all the jump/fall lasts about 20 seconds.
The Sky Jump is supposed to be the highest public tower-based jump in the world. It is 4 times higher than the Taupo Bungy that I did.
Point Erin Lido Pools
These pools were known as Pt Erin Baths when I was younger and they have certainly survived many many years. These are outdoor pool filled with seawater with the usual diving boards etc and a picnic area.
The Olympic Pool
The Olympic pool is in a art deco style building in Newmarket. The pool was completed in 1939 and it was, in the past, the best swimming pool in Auckland and the British Empire games swimming events held in 1950. There is a main 50m (164ft) pool, a smaller pool, fitness centre, sauna and spa
Victoria Park sits across the road from Victoria Park Market. Sport such as winter rugby , soccer and summer cricket are played here and on one side of the park is also a large skate park with ramps, rail slide bars and walls. The motorway overbridge goes right over the park.
Out in South Auckland you will find one of New Zealand’s top theme parks, Rainbow’s End. There are 23 acres of rides, attractions and entertainment. One of the features is a giant drop tower, log flume, corkscrew roller coaster and Cadbury Land Castle with rides just for the young ones. Parking is free.
There is an admission with children under 2yrs being free. There are also family discounts available.
The Ultimate Climb
For something really different if you're feeling energetic is to climb the Auckland Bridge Climb. For the first time since 1959 when the bridge was opened, you can be guided by professional climb leaders and be taken up and over the top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge to viewing platforms 65 metres (200ft) over the water. It takes about 2 hours in all and as long as you are over 135cms (4ft 6 inches) there is no problem. The climb is operated 7 days a week all year around and there is also a night climb on Saturday nights. You will get an entertaining commentary about the myth and legend surrounding this bridge also. I haven't done this yet but my family has (as seen in the photo) and it will be on my list next time I'm home.
Just down from the Sky Tower in Victoria Street, is 'The Screamer' which is like a reverse bungy jump that we did. It flings you up from the ground, turns you over and continues to bounce you like a yo yo until it eventually slows down and gently brings you back to the ground... Awesome!! Make sure you get a video taken as well... I was captured laughing the whole way through it.
Eden Park has been a sports ground since 1900 and in 1910 became the home of Auckland Cricket in 1910. Ruby followed in 1925. Over the past 100 years, Eden Park has played host to many memorable sporting events.
Today the park is home of the Blues and the Auckland NPC team. The seating capacity is 43,000 which makes it the biggest sporting venue in New Zealand.