Fear grips me and hangs on as I hold my breath, waiting to discover if the Stratosfear pendulum will go spinning back to earth, or if this is the moment it goes over the top. The newest ride at Rainbow’s End Theme Park hangs in limbo for just a moment before reversing direction one final time. I exhale. Next time is it. Laughter turns to screams as this time the spinning disc it makes it all the way around.
Finally, it ends and my smiling teens bound out, “Can we go again?”
For me, watching this one is frightening enough. As I looked up at dangling feet and imagined the disorientation of the upside down riders, I am thankful I am not brave enough for the “more extreme” version of this ride.
Did you know there is a theme park in south Auckland? Rainbow’s End is small compared to many of the parks we have been to around the world, but they sure pack in a lot of excitement:
Weekends or Weekdays: When to Visit Rainbow’s End
|Weekdays and Off Peak||Weekends and Holidays|
|Small crowds, shorter queues and an opportunity to go on more rides, or favourite rides more often. Rides are open according to a timetable – with between 5 and 8 rides open for each 45-minute time slot throughout the day. It actually works out really well. Extras like photos automatically taken on rides, or with characters didn’t seem to be options.||Bigger crowds, longer queues resulting in fewer overall rides for the day. All rides are open all day. Lots of extras like photos on rides and all gift shops and food stalls are open. Entertainment takes place on the stage, and theme park characters are available at specified times for photos.|
What’s your favourite theme park? Have you been to Rainbow’s End? Did you go on the scary rides? Which is your favourite ride?
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Disclaimer: As guests of Rainbows End, I have been granted written permission to publish my photos of the park in this article.