Thrill-seekers undeterred by malfunction in Rainbow's End log flume ride

Adventure seekers were out in force at Auckland's Rainbow's End on Wednesday, who were undeterred by a malfunction that shut down one of its most popular rides. 

Two guests got more thrills than they bargained for on Tuesday when the log flume ride tipped on its side. 

But if you thought the news of the ride malfunction may deter some people - think again. 

"We saw on the news yesterday that there'd been some issues on the ride, but if anything, just hearing about the log flume made us excited," said one man with his young family. 

And it appears he wasn't alone. The longest lines at Rainbows End on Wednesday - you guessed it - were at the Log Flume. 

But a rare mishap occurred on Tuesday, on what's normally considered a safe ride. 

"Right at the end of the slide, as they were coming into the holding bay, the log just clipped the side of one the rails and it caught and just tipped over slightly," said Karen Crabb, Rainbows End chief executive. 

"One of the guests at the front got a little wet and the other one was fine." 

Earlier in the day, safety sensors had already been set off twice, Crabb told Newshub. 

"Every time we just like to make sure they were going really well. We did have a couple of them triggered during the day, checked it, everything was okay and then reopened the ride," she said. 

This was a rare event, Crabb added, and safety precautions are in place to prevent serious injuries in an accident. 

"That's why the railings are there, to make sure that if in the event it does happen, there's a redundancy. The ride will tip, as opposed to flip or any kind of damage being done, so everything did what it was supposed to do." 

Railings Wednesday's guests also have full confidence in. 

"I wasn’t afraid of it tipping because it's got guard rails, so the worst it can do is a slight wobble, there’s no way physically it can tip," one man told Newshub. 

Incidents at theme parks have made headlines around the world in recent times, including a rollercoaster in North Carolina that had a huge crack in its pillar. 

And in 2016, four people lost their lives while on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at DreamWorld on Australia's Gold Coast. 

But Crabb said she has full confidence and the rides at Rainbow's End are safe. 

"I put my three kids on those rides and if I’m putting my kids on the ride, I want to make sure they are absolutely top notch." 

And visitors on Wednesday still had the time of their lives.