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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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Treble Cone26 cm
Last updated - 12 hours ago
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  • SkiRainbow: 2018 Work Parties - 36 mins ago
  • SkiRainbow: Snows in the forecast, secured your discounted membership yet? 12 days to go 16 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: AGM 2018 @ Sports Tasman boardroom saxton field Thursday 5th April members and season pass holders welcome details… 30 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Membership sale now on! Grab your discounted passes at 36 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: @Lazor310 Glad you like it, can’t wait for the snow 45 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Winter 2018  - 65 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Supporters and lovers of all things rainbow, check out the new full time role we have created to keep rainbow hummi… 152 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: End of season update: we're closing for 2017 due to heavy rain affecting our snow pack. Thanks for a great season! 209 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Beautiful day today, 30cm over the weekend #powder #powpow 253 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Sunny and beautiful out here today! 264 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… 270 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing!!!!!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ 274 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: We're open and it's a great day. ❄️❄️❄️ It's quiet out on the slopes, so no lift lines! 276 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Get ready for opening tomorrow! We will have the beginner rope tow & intermediate platter lift #ski #board #winter⛷️🏂 283 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Only one day until opening Saturday #1daytogo #winter #skitherainbow ⛷️🏂 284 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: A little bit of snow this morning + lots of wind at Rainbow #snowday ❄️ 286 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. 286 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… 287 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: It's snowing!!!!! Get ready, only 1 week to go! ❄️❄️❄️🏂⛷️🌨️ 291 days ago
  • SkiRainbow: Snow guns are still going strong ❄️❄️❄️ 293 days ago