Once at the very top we were dared to lie on the glass which lent out of the tower!!! Mark, Charlie and Courtney did this easily (several times.)
I took a bit more persuading, ok, I took A LOT more persuading, I was petrified! So much so that my hands were clammy and my heart was beating like mad!!! I wasn't to be beaten, I wanted to do it but by golly it was VERY scary!! I did it in the end though.....go me, lol!! (If you look very carefully you can actually see my legs shaking, LOL!!)
My next challenge came when we returned back to the observation floor, there was a glass floor!!! Again Mark, Charlie and Courtney did it with ease! Mark is petrified of heights but for some reason just walked across no problem!! I guess it's mind over matter but I experienced the exact feelings that I had earlier. Give me a roller coaster any day, LOL! I didn't think I could muster the courage once again but amazingly I did!! I think it was only so I couldn't be laughed at later on!!
We then came back down to ground level (phew), looked around the gift shop and looked at our photo before returning to our car.
As we were driving away the sun was shining brightly, the tower looked so different to our photos from the morning! Mark quickly managed to snap this from the car window!
Mark requested our next stop, Eden Park, the home of New Zealand rugby and cricket! Apparently it's where the All Blacks play and the setting for the Test match between England and New Zealand coming up soon!
We had a quick snack before setting off on an hour and a half drive to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Auckland's highest and most remote lighthouse!. We were disappointed to find the gate closed (and locked) when we arrived, the sign said it closed at 5:00 and it was now 5:30! (We didn't realise there was a closing time, we thought we'd just be able to drive up to it.) It was a long windy road to it so weren't going to attempt going back at a later time! There was another lady there, she'd also done the drive and said she wasn't going to waste it either so jumped the fence, lol!! It was such a long walk to the lighthouse that we decided to try and drive along a bit and see if we could get a view of it further along. That was a mistake, the tarmac on the road suddenly became gravel and we realised it was a dead end and no view of it anyway! We found a gateway and turned around. We went back and, ahem, jumped the fence too!! Like I say, it was a pretty long walk.......
Up 120 steps
but was so worth it!
We couldn't believe the lighthouse was still unlocked so had a little mooch around and self timed this photo at the top.