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Published: March 25th 2012
The corkscrew rollercoaster!
Today, I went to Rainbows End, it's an amusement park in Maukua. I got up around 7 and got dressed. For breakfast I went down to the coffee shop across the road. I got bacon and eggs and a coffee. Around 8 oclock I was back at the hotel waiting for the cab. Many poeple were walking the street, it was a public holiday but all the city shopping centres were open. Today was a bit cloudy but the sun was peeping through. Rainbows End was roughly 20 minutes away from the hotel. After 15 minutes the cab arrived and I had Steven, my first driver (Mr Grumpy). Even though i've been here for over a week, I still find New Zealand's nature to be breath taking. The trees are incredibly tall and green and there's so many different types of bird here too.
After 20 minutes I arrived to a big blue building with a huge rainbow on top. I have $45 to get in, not including for food. I took a map from where I paid and started to look around. The floor was made of orange bricks and had been fenced off with chains to stop people
The log flume
This is the drop that I went down! I got so wet!
from walking on the grass. There was so many rides, to the right of me there were the bumper boats and arcade, to the right was go karts. There was a ride called the fear fall. It's 18 stories high. I decieded to go on that first because I couldn't wait. But I did have to, in a line, for quite a while, but once I got up there you could see everything for miles! I couldn't we were up there for 3 seconds before they dropped us. We reached 80kmph going down. My stomach dropped so hard and I felt like I was going to throw up when I got down, but even though I did feel that way that was by far my favourite ride.
Next was the Motion Master. It was an interactive virtual movie. This ride has two rows of 12 seated riders watching a large screen with 3D glasses. The chairs are hydraulically controlled and move in time to the on-screen action. The room was dark when I went in and sat down, the glasses were next to me. The ride operator gave a quick talk about saftey and told us to put the
My beloved fear fall
This by far was my favourite ride!
seat belts on. The movie started and we were in space, a villian was chasing after us as we had to zig-zag in and out of rock formations. Half the time I ended up hitting the side of my head on the chair. The movie didn't last very long, 10 minutes max. When that was finished I made my way over to the rollercoaster.
The rollercoaster was on the other side of the park which gave me time to look around for other rides I wanted to try. On the way there were hotdog stands and themepark games, the one where you have to shoot water into the clowns mouth. The sun was brighter now and it heated my back. Around the back of the park there were a lot more trees so it was a lot shadier. I got to the roller coaster and walked up 2 flights of stairs, I tired to pick a seat at the front of the ride so I could see everything. I had to wait for the rollercoaster to make 2 more circuits before it was my turn. I got a seat in the second row from the front. It took us up a really big hill then straight down and past a corner, I was screaming my guts out! It was so fun, I made sure I did it again before I went home.
After that was the log flume. It was right next to the rollercoaster so I didn't have to walk far. It's a ride through a waterfall and deep into the heart of a mountain. Watery twists and turns then a huge plunge into water at the end. You first go up into the moutain where there's little elfs singing and dancing and everything that's white glows. You could hear water dripping and there was someone narrating, telling you a story about the elfs, then saying they have an enemy. This is where you enter the scary part of the ride where all the elfs are dying and there's a scary monster. Then you come out the mountain and into a bit of a lake, you go up and down a few hills. Then finally it showed a sign saying 'Hold on to your hats!' and then I knew I was really going to get wet. The log slide down 2 stories high into water and there was a huge splash! I'm glad the sun was out to help me dry.
By now it was lunchtime so I decieded to walk back up to the hotdog stand I saw earlier on. I got a burger and chips and a bottle of coke, the food wasn't that great and it was expensive. I ate slowly and thought to go on some calmer rides so I didn't throw up what I just ate. After soon realising that almost every ride would make me throw up, I decieded to go on the pirate ship. It was near the entrance so I walked for about 7 minutes before I got there and lined up. After around 15 minutes I was able to get on, I sat at the back to get the full experience. It was a huge ship that rocked back and forth, almost making you feel that it'll run straight into the ground when you're up
The sucky thing about theme parks is the wait to get on the ride is longer than the actual ride.
I then did all the bumpy rides which were the bumper cars and bumper boats. I reckon the bumper boats were better than the bumper cars but that's only because I kept wetting people when I smashed into them. I didn't get a chance to do all the rides before it was time to go home and find some dinner.
For dinner I went to broncos, it was a steakhouse right across the road from the themepark. It was old fashioned, but it worked. I sat down and ordered a New York Sirloin steak. It was $28.50, without anysides. I got vegetables and onion rings for another $10. Then a plate of scallops. Yum! It was a big meal but I was hungry. After I ate it was 6:30 and I called my taxi to come take me back to the hotel. The sun was setting and the sky was bright orange. It was getting cooler and I wish I had brought a jumper.
The rest of the night I was a couch potato, just watching tv, then after a while, I fell asleep.
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