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11/5/2016 - For our last day in New Zealand, we made our way to Manukau to visit New Zealand's largest theme park, Rainbow's End. Now by comparison to many American parks, this place is tiny. It does, however, have some really unique rides that make it worth a stop when visiting Auckland. To get to the park, we first went to Britomart Station, and hopped on the train to Manukau.

After arriving to the Manukau station, it's just a bit of a walk to arrive to Rainbow's End

Our first ride of the day was the Stratosfear.

Stratosfear is a fairly large spinning pendulum ride. Unlike most others of its style, this one gives you the choice of two different experiences with a tamer version that spins lightly and swings to only 45 degrees. The more intense version takes you all the way around and upside-down while spinning faster.

Our first coaster of the trip and first in New Zealand was the Gold Rush​

Gold Rush was designed in-house by the park, and is a really quirky wild mouse like coaster. It has a mix of indoor and outdoor segments with some decent theming, and has a very unique layout that covers a large piece park property along with the log flume.

Next up, we rode the Enchanted Forest log flume.

Much like Gold Rush, this was also a really quirky yet fun ride. The theme was a combination of faries and pirates, and gives a fairly long ride time. 

Now, if you're not sure of what to do next, Rainbow's End has a sign with a spinning wheel that can give you a suggestion of what to do next, such as one of the other big rides like the Power Surge or Invader.

We, on the other hand, decided to ride our next coaster in the park, the Corkscrew.

A classic Arrow Loop & Screw that sits in the far end of the park, it is the biggest coaster in New Zealand. This was the first of this model that I have seen to only have a five car train.

The last coaster of the park, the Choco Express, is their junior coaster. Phillip decided to pass on this one while I went ahead for the credit.

It is part of their children's ride section, Kidz Kingdom. This area happens to be covered for the sake of providing shade, which I think is a briliant thing to do in case of hot sunny weather. Fortunately the weather was quite pleasa​nt for our visit.

We also got to experience their motion simulator ride, which was featuring a film called Pirates Rapids. The film had you on a "simulated waterslide" gone bad as you fly off of the main slide and into a world filled with pirates. It was kooky, and the seats moved with the fluidity of being in bumper cars. I'll at least give the park credit for trying to add a unique ride you don't often find at smaller parks.

Our last ride before making our way back into Auckland was the Fear Fall. An Intamin Drop Tower that is always a favorite of mine at any park.

On the way to the gate, we noticed this sign advirtising a new ride, and while we didn't think to ask about it, we did see some construction nearby, and wondered if that might have been the area in which the new ride would go.

As you head out, like many theme parks, you will find a gift shop at the exit. This gift shop, seemed to have more of a variety of familiar characters for their plush toys.

I also found what would be one of my favorite snacks that I tried in New Zealand, which were these bacon flavored cheese puffs.

And with that, we finish our visit to Rainbow's End. A small, yet enjoyable park with some unique rides as well as some favorites. If you find yourself visiting Auckland, I would say that it is worth taking part of a day to wonder over for a while.

That will conclude our time in the Auckland area. Next, Phillip and I make our way over to Sydney to begin our time in Australia!

Jump to another part of this trip report:
Part 1 - Wondering through Auckland
Part 13 - Australia Zoo
Part 2 - Walk to Mission Bay
Part 14 - Aussie World
Part 3 - Mount Eden
Part 15 - Sea World & Wet n' Wild
>> Part 4 - Rainbow's End <<
Part 16 - Alice Springs
Part 5 - Arrival in Sydney
Part 17 - Kings Park in Perth
Part 18 - Indian Ocean & Fremantle
Part 6 - Ms. Macquire's Point
Part 7 - Luna Park
Part 19 - Perth CBD & Elizabeth Quay
Part 8 - Sydney Harbor Bridge & Rocks Tour
Part 20 - Adventure World
Part 9 - Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour
Part 21 - Walking through Melbourne
Part 10 - Walk Through Cairns
Part 22 - Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda
Part 11 - Great Barrier Reef & Green Island
Part 23 - Victoria Parliament
Part 24 - Back to Auckland
Part 12 - Warner Bros. Movie World