Nelson NZ
Accommodation & activities

Rainbow Ski Area

Located in the north of the Southern Alps overlooking the Nelson Lakes National Park, Rainbow Ski Area is New Zealand’s most special ski and snowboard areas.
Rainbow Ski Area is around 90 minutes drive from both Nelson and Blenheim and is well sign posted.

Rainbow Ski has good expert terrain and chutes, 100 metre long Mega Pipe, excellent facilities and grooming, stunning St Arnaud Resort below and is great for families. A spectacular ski experience.

The field is open from June to October and has regular snowfalls along with uncrowded bowls.

The highest point is 1,758 metres good for cross-country skiing. Snow ratings are 25% beginner, 55% intermediate and 20% advanced, the skiable area is 350 hectares.

Lifts comprise a double chair, 1 T-Bar, 2 learner tows and a ski mat. There is ski and board hire on the mountain.

Rainbow has a busy calendar of events throughout the season, and regular race coaching camps and provides children’s programmes.

Accommodation at a luxury resort or lodges, chalets, bed & breakfast and backpackers is available in the St Arnaud township.

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