Ski and Snowboard Rainbow Ski Area, Nelson Lakes

Rainbow Ski Area

Class: Intrepid
Location: St. Arnaud Village, Nelson Lakes National Park
Typical Season:
Early July – Early October

The northernmost ski area on New Zealand's South Island, Rainbow Ski Area is set amidst the Nelson Lakes National Park in the St. Arnaud range. With a good solid beginner's area and some excellent advanced runs, it really comes into its own with its intermediate terrain. Choose from groomed and ungroomed, and don't forget the terrain park – designed with all levels of expertise in mind.

You are able to hire gear on mountain, and there is a ski school operating as well as a well-stocked café.

Situated 1hr30mins away from Nelson Airport, Blenheim is just over 1hr10mins away with St Arnaud Village only 45mins away.  

There is no accommodation available on mountain, but Rainbow's website offers a variety of links to nearby accommodation. Rainbow offers day rates as well as season passes, including midweek and family options.


Accommodation near Rainbow Ski Area

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