Highest yoga classes in NZ

Yogis are keen to take part in the highest classes in the country. Photo: SkyCity
Yogis are keen to take part in the highest classes in the country. Photo: SkyCity
Amid dwindling numbers of international visitors, a novel attraction is helping to lure Kiwis to one of the country's most popular landmarks.

Twice a week at dawn, the the highest yoga classes in NZ are under way high up in Auckland's Sky Tower, which is being populated by early birds from all walks of life.

At 186m, a far stretch from the commuter chaos and the regular rat race, 30 yogis can each claim their own slice of the skyline view, and settle in for a slow series of downward facing dog, crane and warrior poses.

Leading the unique classes is Amanda Fell - who is no stranger to stretching at great heights, having previously instructed yoga at the Shard in London.

This class cannot claim the title of highest in the world, but it is the highest in New Zealand and Fell can vie for the title of working in the best office.

Off the back of a promotional event last year, the classes have been opened to the public at $20 - less than the regular cost of admission.

She said they were regularly booking to capacity, proving "extremely popular" with everyone from practised to first-time yogis.

"We've got a lot of people from our own backyard - people who work in the city, some people who travel from far and wide just to come to the class. All different types of people from older to younger - it's amazing.

"It's a nice way to bring yoga to a wide range of people...who wouldn't necessarily always practise yoga," she said.

Photo: SkyCity
Photo: SkyCity
The past year has brought two major setbacks for SkyCity.

The under-construction convention centre was ravaged by a three-day fire in October, and now Covid-19 border closures and travel restrictions have led to a distinct absence of overseas visitors.

Sky Tower coordinator Bridgette Clarke said they would normally make up the majority of the people coming up the facility's lifts.

"It's a definite impact. But we'll keep going and we'll get our locals back," she said.

With yoga proving a winning combination, it is set to continue every Wednesday and Thursday. Next month will see it levelled up again with a series of disco-themed classes.




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