Evacuation from Rainbow's End rollercoaster after it stopped

5:26 pm on 18 November 2018

Thrill seekers on a rollercoaster at an Auckland theme park had to be evacuated off the ride this morning after a safety mechanism caused it to stop.

Rainbow's End roller coaster - tight crop

The roller coaster at Rainbow's End. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Passengers were stuck on the corkscrew rollercoaster at Rainbow's End for 15 minutes.

They were escorted off the ride by theme park staff.

Rainbow's End chief executive Karen Crabb said the ride was thoroughly checked and no fault was found.

"I put my own children on those rides all the time, I go on them myself. I wouldn't operate the rides if I had any concern at all," Ms Crabb said.

Four of the passengers left after the incident and their tickets were refunded, Ms Crabb said.

Ms Crabb said the safety mechanism had not been triggered for a number of years.

In 2015, 28 people were suspended mid-air on the corkscrew rollercoaster for 15 minutes.

The fault was blamed on overheating.