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Rainbow Ski Area is situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand just off highway 63. It is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Nelson airport, 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Blenhiem, 1 hour 40 minutes from Picton and 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Murchison. The ski area is serviced by St Arnaud Village which is on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park. The ski area is a 40 minute drive from St Arnaud along State Highway 63 (SH63), past the Top House corner.

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Snow Resort Stats



Elevation Top 1760m
Elevation Bottom 1540m
Vertical Drop 220
Skiable Terrain 300 Hectares \\
Longest Run
Beginner 25%
Intermediate 55%
Advanced 20%
Total Number of Trails 12



Total 5
Highest Lifted Point 1760
Gondolas & Trams N
High Speed Sixes
High Speed Quads N
Quad Chairs N
Triple Chairs N
Double Chairs N
Surface Lifts 5
Uphill Capacity 700 people per hour \\

Snow Making

Snow Making
Total Number of Guns 5
Annual Average Snowfall unknown

Terrain Parks

Terrain Park

Total 0
Half Pipes 0
Half Pipe Size
Total Terrain Park Area Size 300ha

Location & Travel Info
Country: New Zealand
Region: Tasman
Address: Rainbow Resort
Website: http://www.skirainbow.co.nz/
Email: info@skirainbow.co.nz
Phone: \+64 3 521 1861
Nearest Town: St Arnaud
Nearest Airport: Nelson
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Next Snow
ResortSnow Forecasted
(7 Day Forecast)
Mount Aspiring64 cm
Mount Cook27 cm
Mount Baw Baw15 cm
Ben Lomond10 cm
Lake Louise10 cm
Mount Mawson10 cm
Hotham8 cm
Falls Creek6 cm
Mount Buller6 cm
Mount Stirling6 cm
Last updated - 11 hours ago
Rainbow On Twitter
  • SkiRainbow: Rainbow Ski Area Survey 2016 - https://t.co/7GGDGGbTUD 185 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We are now closed for the season. It was amazing! Thank you to all those who visited, and we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2017. 247 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We've had a fun filled day. We've got sunny days forecasted throughout the week so drop by for some spring snow! https://t.co/Ba6Bp11CQQ 252 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Looking for a souvenir from Rainbow? We have Rainbow tees, caps, beanies, stickers & postcards available in our shop https://t.co/kb6EXBITUi 254 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We love seeing kids start skiing so young! https://t.co/VyKmVbQ6bI 254 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We are open today&next week's forecast is looking good with sunshine throughout the week! We have the club champs taking place up here today 254 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We have our Club Champs happening here at Rainbow this Saturday 17th. It'll be a brilliant day, so come on up! https://t.co/l3Wmutvz4f 258 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: What an amazing weekend, we have another beautiful sunny day up here, come up and join us! 261 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Our Slopestyle competition is on today come on up and join us, the weather is amazing! 269 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Our More FM Family Fun Day has kicked off, we have sunshine, prizes and games for all the family. Come on up and join us. 275 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We have Ian and Doug demoing @atomic skis up here this weekend. Drop on by and give them a test run. 276 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We have a new friend here at Rainbow, his name is Henry. Give him a wave if you're up but remember not to feed him. https://t.co/x7uuppwt0w 283 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Our groomer drivers work through the night to make sure we have perfect pistes for our skiers&snowboarders every day https://t.co/iZhO1Oiha4 284 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We're having lots of fun up here today, the snow is great and we're selling half day passes from 12:30.Why not come on up & have a few runs! 288 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We have fresh powder up here today and it is looking like the weather will clear up tomorrow giving us clear spells.Come on over for a slide 290 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It is cloudy and -1C at the moment. We are open and expecting fresh snow today! 291 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Thanks to all who came up on Sunday! https://t.co/Por9coHAZs 295 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's going to be another cracker of a day, the sun is shining and we are open. Come on up and enjoy the day with us. Remember to dress warm. 295 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Some brilliant shots taken by @quintonstress up at @SkiRainbow https://t.co/1ivXlVsg92 295 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: What an absolutely beautiful day up here. Thanks to all those who joined us for it. https://t.co/YBez7dUw84 295 days ago