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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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Rainbow On Twitter
  • SkiRainbow: We're open and it's a great day. ❄️❄️❄️ It's quiet out on the slopes, so no lift lines! 2 hrs ago
  • SkiRainbow: Get ready for opening tomorrow! We will have the beginner rope tow & intermediate platter lift #ski #board #winter⛷️🏂 7 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Only one day until opening Saturday #1daytogo #winter #skitherainbow ⛷️🏂 8 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: A little bit of snow this morning + lots of wind at Rainbow #snowday ❄️ https://t.co/84OCrlfoJw 10 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Unfortunately, members only day will not be possible this year. We will be focused on building & grooming trails ahead of opening Saturday. 10 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: RT @NiwaWeather: Potential snow accumulation through 12am Thursday. For the mid & upper South Island, this represents only about 1/2 of th… 11 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing!!!!! Get ready, only 1 week to go! ❄️❄️❄️🏂⛷️🌨️ 15 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Snow guns are still going strong ❄️❄️❄️ https://t.co/jg48QkPMgE 17 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's a snowy, windy day today at Rainbow as we continue preparing for opening day July 15th #hopingforsnow #snowfall #skiseason 18 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing, happy Sunday everyone! https://t.co/6ZFVb6Tnsi 20 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Opening day 2017 is postponed until Sat July 15th. Temperatures hopefully dropping soon to give us more snowfall & allow for snowmaking 23 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Rainbow Ski Area Survey 2016 - https://t.co/7GGDGGbTUD 238 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. 299 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 305 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 306 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We love seeing kids start skiing so young! https://t.co/VyKmVbQ6bI 307 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 307 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 311 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: What an amazing weekend, we have another beautiful sunny day up here, come up and join us! 314 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Our Slopestyle competition is on today come on up and join us, the weather is amazing! 321 days ago