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Rainbow
Resort Info

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Vital stats
5
no. of lifts
N/A
longest run
300ha
skiable area
1758m
Top Elevation
1540m
Base
218m
Vertical
N/A
average snowfall
Season
  • Expected Opening: N/A
  • Expected Closing: N/A
Terrain
25% Beginner
55% Intermediate
20% Advanced

Rainbow Ski Area is situated adjacent to the Nelson Lakes National Park and only 2 hours’ drive from Nelson or Blenheim.

The Ski Area is accessed from State Highway 63 between Blenheim and St Arnaud. In the Alpine village of St Arnaud, 40 minutes from the skiing, there is a range of accommodation from backpackers through to luxury lodges.

Overlooking Nelson Lakes National Park with its extensive beech forest and beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the views from the top of the T-bar are spectacular. The wide, uncrowded slopes and well groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners, while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes. Although, it is the intermediate level skiers and boarders who the ski field is well suited for, with majority of the terrain aimed at this level. This is perfect for those looking to improve their technique and gain the confidence required to get to the next level. Rainbow's season usually extends from late June to mid-October and the south to south easterly aspect ensures excellent snow quality throughout the season.

Rainbow Ski Area Tips:

  1. Chains must be carried at all times when entering the mountain access road
  2. There is a shuttle that runs multiple trips daily from the base car park for easy access without the driving effort
  3. There is no crèche and only one café on the mountain so make sure younger riders have plenty of snacks on hand and rest stops throughout the day to keep their energy up and enthusiasm going
Rainbow lifts & facilities
  • 1 x T-bars
  • 1 x Platters
  • 3 x Rope Tows
  • Snow Making
  • Ski school
  • Restaurant/cafe
  • Gear rental
Rainbow lift pass prices
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$87
1/2 Day
$59
Learner
$58
Beginner package
$125
Lift & rental
$144
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Student (Adult pricing only )
2 Day
-
1 Day
$59
1/2 Day
$44
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Youth/Child (7 - 17 yrs )
2 Day
-
1 Day
$42
1/2 Day
$29
Learner
$29
Beginner package
$75
Lift & rental
$83
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Child (6 yrs and under)
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Senior (65 - 74 yrs)
2 Day
-
1 Day
$59
1/2 Day
$43
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Super Senior (75 yrs and over )
2 Day
free
1 Day
free
1/2 Day
free
Learner
-
Beginner package
-
Lift & rental
-
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Adult
2 Day
-
1 Day
$87
1/2 Day
$59
Learner
$58
Beginner package
$125
Lift & rental
$144
Lift, lesson & rental
-
Student (Adult pricing only )
-
$59
$44
-
-
-
-
Youth/Child (7 - 17 yrs )
-
$42
$29
$29
$75
$83
-
Child (6 yrs and under)
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Senior (65 - 74 yrs)
-
$59
$43
-
-
-
-
Super Senior (75 yrs and over )
free
free
free
-
-
-
-
Getting to Rainbow
Blenheim , 111 km
Closest major airport
St Araud , 32 km
Closest town
Gravel surface , 8 km
Access road
Chain hire
Mountain shuttle
Rainbow is 32 km's from St. Arnaud. The road consists of about 10 km's of main highway before the access road turnoff. Drive along the 12km sealed road. The road passes through five fords before reaching the bottom-of-the-mountain car park at Six Mile Creek. The mountain road winds alongside Six Mile Creek through native beech forest and up towards the ski area above the tree line. Chains must be either fitted or carried by ALL vehicles once past the bottom car park. A shuttle service from the bottom car park is available for those traveling without chains.