Rainbow’s End: Where There is Something for Everyone

New Zealand’s speciality in providing diverse experiences is not only limited to its stunningly diverse terrain but also in their man-made endeavours such as the Rainbow’s End, the country’s premier Theme Park located in Auckland.

Initially, when the establishment opened to the public in 1982, it consisted of only a small number of rides and attractions. As time progressed, additional attractions such as the Pirate Ship, Log Flume, Dodgems and Space Shuttle Zim Zam Zoo Playground were opened. At present, the main attraction of the park is undoubtedly the Corkscrew Roller Coaster, which coincidentally is the only feature of its kind available in the country.

For the thrill seekers, the Power Surge will literally make them spin with delight as the ride spins both horizontally and vertically while one of the newest roller coaster rides, The Invader, will make them scream as it charges across an eighty metre track at high speed. For an additional thrill, make your way to the Fear Fall where you will be lifted up and dropped at a speed of 80 km/h that is sure to make your heart race. The Park is also complete with themed roller coaster rides, such as Goldrush which is modelled with very sharp corners and heart wrenching drops. After all the thrill and excitement, one may opt for the slow paced Cinema 180, a screen with a 180 degree view which shows a 12 minute movie.

For children, the Castle Land attraction is ideal for it specifically caters to the needs of the younger patrons. The Castle Land is complete with Space Shuttles, The Carousal and The Jumpin’ Star and can even be rented for a one of a kind birthday party. For families, the Scorpion Karts are ideal. These are essentially Go-Karts suitable for families to ride in. Families could also opt for the Bumper Boats where riders can drive leisurely or cause mischief by bumping into other boats. Another ride that could be enjoyed greatly by families is the Enchanted Log Flume which is also one of the Park’s most beloved rides and is complete with a photo capture at the end of the ride.

All in all, Rainbows End provides for a fun outing for families, kids, and even senior citizens! Being the country’s largest theme park it is definitely worth a visit when touring New Zealand. When you come to the city, searching for an Auckland hotelto reside in is not an easy task. However, if you are a discerning traveller who wishes to travel in style and search for stylish and luxurious Auckland hotel suites, you need not look any further than The Langham Auckland. Allow its timeless elegance and charming hospitality to provide you with one of the best hotel stays you’ve ever experienced.

Parnell Village

Travellers seeking Auckland hotel accommodation should not look further than The Langham Auckland, a prominent Auckland Hotel Suites. The region is renowned the world over as a top tourist destination home to a multitude of attractions such as the Parnell Village. A charming neighborhood well known for being the oldest neighborhood in Auckland, it is home to boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants and other places. At its chic boutiques you will find a wide variety of items including jewellery and quality crafts. Whilst there are dining options to suite all budgets, to find fascinating historic buildings and tranquil parks you will have to proceed further, leaving the main shopping area.

Kelly Tarltons – Take a Dive and Travel Through The Sea Life Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist and visitor attractions. Situated on Ohaku Bay, Auckland, this aquarium was inaugurated in 1985 and is a brainchild of Kelly Tarlton – perhaps New Zealand’s most prolific sea diver and marine archaeologist.

His idea to create an aquarium using unused sewage storage tanks coupled with curved acrylic tunnels was novel at the time and was the beginning of a much awaited journey into the ocean world. The current aquarium has undergone many changes in management and the latest refurbishments have seen the it become bigger and better than it ever was. Visitors to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium are able to now view many exhibits and displays as well as have interactive and up close experiences.

The shark dives or shark cages are perhaps the most popular dare devil activities on board at the museum, where visitors have the opportunity of diving into the large tank filled with many sharks of different varieties including the School Shark, Sand Tiger Shark, Wobbegong Shark and much more. Experienced divers accompany the guests in order to ensure a safe dive. For those not as daring the cage is an excellent opportunity to get close to these predators in relative safety.

The Stingray Bay houses many different varieties as does the all new Seahorse Kingdom. As seahorses are an unusual and unique sea creature that is gradually being threatened, the Kelly Tarlton Sea Life Aquarium has given special attention to the conservation of these animals.

Additional attractions include the fish gallery housing many different varieties of fish found both in rivers and oceans from around the world like the pig fish and cray fish, lionfish, piranha and moray eels. The Antarctic Ice Adventure takes visitors through penguin exhibits housing King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins in their temperature controlled habitat. Children’s activities and other educational and knowledge intensifying displays and exhibits will certainly add to the overall experience that is sure to have you coming back for more.

For those hoping to visit the city and looking for an Auckland hotel consider a luxury stay at The Langham Auckland with its star class amenities and some of the best Auckland hotel suites.