Reaching for the sky

Aucklands New Casino

February 1996

All eyes are on Auckland as it unveils the first stage of New Zealand's most exciting leisure and recreational complex - Sky City. Never before has the country seen such an abundance of world class tourism and leisure activities on one site.

Situated in the heart of Auckland, Sky City is perfectly positioned within easy walking distance of the bustling commercial centre and only minutes from beautiful beaches and parks.

Harrah's Sky City offers comprehensive entertainment facilities, including a casino with an extensive gaming area, a 344 room hotel, a 700 seat theatre, five restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine, convention and meeting rooms for every occasion, unique retail outlets and six levels of car parking.

Sky City will be crowned with an impressive 328 metre/1075 foot Sky Tower which has been designed to house a revolving bar and bistro-style restaurant, tourist observation areas providing stunning panoramic views of Auckland and state-of-the-art tele-communications facilities. Sky Tower, which is higher than Paris's Eiffel Tower and Sydney's Centre Point, is predicted to attract one million people annually. From its lofty heights they will be able witness the incredible beauty that surrounds the city - the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, the Gulf Islands and volcanoes and inland to the luxuriant Waitakeres and beyond.

Coming down to earth, fun lovers will delight in the sounds of spinning roulette wheels, cards being shuffled and the clinking of coins as the electric atmosphere of the casino takes over. Thrilling entertainment is the name of the game. The five restaurants, offering a selection of dining atmospheres and cuisines, will cater to every palate and the three bars will have an ambience to suit all occasions from quiet relaxation to festive celebrations.

Conference and meeting requirements will be easily met with the superb facilities available attracting national and international corporates. With hotel beds at a premium, the 344 rooms and suites in the hotel will be a boost to the accommodation inventory in Auckland.

The 700 seat theatre will be a welcome addition to the theatrical scene, enticing international performers of the highest calibre.

The birth of Harrah's Sky City will take the Auckland entertainment scene to new heights, creating a recreational "hot spot" both nationally and internationally, as the city launches into the 21st century.

The complex will act as a major drawcard for tourists to New Zealand and provide the people of Auckland with an exceptional entertainment venue right on their doorstep.