Rainbow’s End Theme Park to close The Pirate Ship attraction

Rainbow's End Theme Park

Auckland, New Zealand: The Auckland based Rainbow’s End Theme Park Classic is closing one of its most iconic rides the Pirate Ship.


After 34 years, this attraction at Rainbow’s End will swing its last swing on Saturday 19th August to make way for a new development planned for late 2018. Farewell celebrations will be held on Saturday 19th August with prizes for best-dressed pirates and photo opportunities at the Pirate Ship.

“The Pirate Ship holds fond memories for many New Zealanders. It’s been a ride that parents have brought their children back to experience years later so there is a lot of nostalgia associated with it,” says Marketing Manager, Katharine Murray.

“The Pirate Ship has been a fantastic attraction that has spanned several generations,” says Chris Deere, CEO of Rainbow’s End. “We have exciting plans for this area however so have decided that the time is now right to retire this ride and invest in an exciting new attraction as part of the Park’s ongoing capital investment programme.”

Chris is well aware that many loyal customers will be sad to see this attraction closed. However, he feels that it is the right decision given the ongoing upkeep and maintenance costs to keep this ride operational, and the Park’s desire to continue to introduce exciting new rides and attractions, which has seen attendance levels grow by 62% since 2009.

New Zealand’s premier theme park Rainbow’s End, operating since 1982. This wholly owned subsidiary of Rangatira Investments Ltd has won numerous national and international awards and celebrates 35 years in business this year. The theme park is well managed by 300 young employs, it has over 20 rides and attractions, including the International award winning Kidz Kingdom for kids aged eight years and under, and the recently added, adrenalin-pumping Stratosfear. (2014).

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