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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
Phone: \+64 3 521 1861
Nearest Town: St Arnaud
Nearest Airport: Nelson
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Next Snow
ResortSnow Forecasted
(7 Day Forecast)
Whistler78 cm
Niseko70 cm
Lake Louise43 cm
Hakuba37 cm
Fernie22 cm
Mount Cook21 cm
Mount Aspiring14 cm
Sun Peaks13 cm
Big White12 cm
Heavenly9 cm
Last updated - 9 hours ago
Rainbow On Twitter
  • SkiRainbow: End of season update: we're closing for 2017 due to heavy rain affecting our snow pack. Thanks for a great season! 55 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Beautiful day today, 30cm over the weekend #powder #powpow 99 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Sunny and beautiful out here today! 110 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Closed today due to high wind gusts, but snow is looking promising. If the wind dies down, the Tbar should be fully… 116 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing!!!!!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ 120 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We're open and it's a great day. ❄️❄️❄️ It's quiet out on the slopes, so no lift lines! 122 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Get ready for opening tomorrow! We will have the beginner rope tow & intermediate platter lift #ski #board #winter⛷️🏂 130 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Only one day until opening Saturday #1daytogo #winter #skitherainbow ⛷️🏂 130 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: A little bit of snow this morning + lots of wind at Rainbow #snowday ❄️ 132 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. 133 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… 134 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing!!!!! Get ready, only 1 week to go! ❄️❄️❄️🏂⛷️🌨️ 137 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Snow guns are still going strong ❄️❄️❄️ 139 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's a snowy, windy day today at Rainbow as we continue preparing for opening day July 15th #hopingforsnow #snowfall #skiseason 140 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing, happy Sunday everyone! 142 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Opening day 2017 is postponed until Sat July 15th. Temperatures hopefully dropping soon to give us more snowfall & allow for snowmaking 145 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Rainbow Ski Area Survey 2016 - 361 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. 422 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! 428 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Looking for a souvenir from Rainbow? We have Rainbow tees, caps, beanies, stickers & postcards available in our shop 429 days ago