Rainbow Ski Area, Nelson
Rainbows ski area has been voted New Zealand’s best and most beautiful ski field.
It is less than 2 hours drive from Nelson or Blenheim and the closest town is St Arnaud. The views from the top of the mountain are stunning. Spacious, uncrowded slopes and groomed trails offer excellent terrain suitable for novice and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, while advanced skiers can enjoy the high powder runs and chutes.
For information on prices for passes and hire, check out the comparison of the Ski Areas in New Zealand.
Season passes are available on sale usually from April.
There are a total of five lifts on the mountain 1 T-bar, 1 platter, 2 fixed grips and 1 learners rope tow.
Opening hours are from 9am to 4pm.
Heli-skiing is available on Sundays. Heli-skiing is basically a helicopter that takes you to the top of a mountain and is used to go to out of the way off-piste routes.
Facilities available on the ski field include a Café serving food and beverages, ski and snowboarding gear hire, Ski Repair Service, Gift Shop, First aid, Ski & board school, snow-making facilities and groomers.
Highest Point: 1760 metres
Vertical Point: 220 metres
Skiable Area: 300 hectares
Number of Lifts
5 lifts – 1 T-bar, 1 platter, 2 fixed grips and 1 learners rope tow
Adult $62, Student $45, Child (7-17yrs) $30, seniors $30, Under 7yrs Free
Adult $43, Student $32, Child (7-17yrs) $21, seniors $21, Under 7yrs Free
Multi Day (3 day)
Adult $167, Student $122, Child (7-17yrs) $81, seniors $81, Under 7yrs Free
Multi Day (5 day)
Adult $273, Student $198, Child (7-17yrs) $132, seniors $132, Under 7yrs Free
(before 15th April)
Adult $440, Student $320, Child (7-17yrs) $210, seniors $210, Under 7yrs $15
(before 31st May)
Adult $560, Student $410, Child (7-17yrs) $270, seniors $270, Under 7yrs $15
Adult $620, Student $450, Child (7-17yrs) $300, seniors $300, Under 7yrs $15
On field ski hire is available including Skis, boots, poles and snowboards.
Learners Ski and Board Package (Includes full hire, learner lift and learner group lesson)
Child (7-17yrs) $61
All Lift Package Ski and Board (Includes full hire, full day pass and learner group lesson)
Child (7-17yrs) $75
café serving food and beverages
ski and snowboarding hire
ski Repair Service
Ski & board school