5 Reasons Why Rainbow’s End Is A Must Visit!

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A family favourite since 1982, Rainbow’s End is still providing a day of fun for all the family, with the best of the classic favourites alongside new and exciting activities.

We take a look at the top five reasons why a visit to Rainbow’s End needs to be on your ‘must visit’ list.

1. It’s easy family fun

Family fun at Rainbow’s End is so easy. Book online for guaranteed fun – this means you can quickly get into the action when you arrive. By road there is access from the Southern (SH1) and Southwestern (SH16) motorways. There is plenty of free parking including well-marked accessibility parks. By train or bus, it’s a short walk from Manukau Train Station.

Families will also love the free hydration stations where you can refill your drink bottles all day long. Other additions for parents include stroller hire, and parents rooms with change table, feeding spaces and microwave. There are plenty of food outlets offering a range of family favourites including counter food, made to order, and an Ice Creamery with more than 30 natural flavours.

All this, combined with a huge variety of rides, adds up to a fun and easy family day out!

2. Something nostalgic …

If you were lucky enough to visit New Zealand’s largest theme park back in the 1980’s, you will no doubt remember enjoying activities like Mini Golf, Video Games, Cinema 180 and the iconic swinging Pirate Ship. While those attractions are now just memories, you can still interact with the kids on the Bumper Boats and recently refurbished Dodgems. The popular Log Flume is still going strong as is the Corkscrew Coaster (you might remember it as the Coca-Cola Corkscrew Coaster) and there’s plenty of hilarity still be had on the Gold Rush mine cart ride.

Rai and Bow, the Park characters have had a bit of a glow up and are looking fresh and ready to welcome you all.

These, and other classic theme park attractions such as Family Karts, Sideshows, a children’s Carousel and many more, are still there waiting for you and your reminiscing! If you have children, they will love being able to join in the fun as you fondly recall memories from your childhood.

3. And lots of something new …

If you haven’t been since the 1980’s you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The old favourites have been complemented with a sizzling range of new activities taking Rainbow’s End into the future of theme parks including Fearfall’s lofty drop, spinning fun on Invader, and the far-from-timid Power Surge.

The most recent fear-inducing addition is Stratosfear. With its 360 degree rotation it’s designed to thrill. The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, you are able to choose from a Very Extreme or Less Extreme ride. Which will you choose?

If fear is not your jam, there are new interactive attractions for you to enjoy including a journey to the 7th Dimension with the Spectra Dark XD (so named as it has 7 dimensions of special effects). Other recent additions include the Rainbow Playlab, with its Virtual Reality and Escape Room.

4. Something for everyone …

From the traditional theme park rides through to the latest in technological fun, Rainbow’s End really does have something for everyone.

For those who love the thrill of adrenalin, there are the BIG 5 thrill rides that offer dramatic drops, fast speeds and intense spins. For those who love to be interactive, try Spectra, the biggest immersive theatre experience in the Southern Hemisphere with  7 dimensions of special effects including laser blasters so you can interact with the story while scoring points against your family and friends.

For the under 8s, Kidz Kingdom is a safe space for them to explore and play. This undercover area has 11 rides and attractions including the kids-size Choco Express roller coaster, a Carousel, “flying” Magic Bikes, plus the giggly fun of the Jumpin’ Star and Surf n Swing.

For more family fun try the Dodgems and Bumper Boats, zoom down the Log Flume, or young drivers can join you in a race in the Family Karts.

On select days you might spot the park’s special characters Rai, Bow and friends on the Centre Stage and throughout the year there are special events such as Night Rides, and 2 for 1 Kidz Kingdom Passes.

5. No matter the weather

Hot and sunny, cold and breezy, or even raining, you can still have heaps of fun at Rainbow’s End. To cool down a bit in the heat of the day, a Bumper Boat ride or Log Flume zoom is just the ticket.

Keep the younger children under cover and out of the elements in the covered Kidz Kingdom, while the older kids can find plenty to keep them occupied in the amazing indoor attractions including Spectra and the new Rainbow Playlab (located right next to Rainbow’s End) where you can experience the best and latest in entertainment technology including Virtual Reality, E-Sports, Escape Rooms, Arcades and more!


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To find out more, visit RainbowsEnd.co.nz


  • Check the website for up to date information before visiting.
  • Height restrictions apply to rides and attractions.
  • Ride availability may be subject to maintenance, adverse weather or park developments.
  • Spectator passes are required for non-riding visitors.
  • Entry terms and conditions apply.
  • Entry to Rainbow Lab is free but game costs vary. Entry to Rainbow’s End is not required to visit Rainbow Lab. Opening days and times vary.

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author robynWritten by Robyn

Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments. 

Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass”

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