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I no longer ski but I bring my daughter and friends to this compact ski area and they love it... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve W
Nelson, New Zealand

Haven't skied from 25 years, but arriving on the ski field, just feeling at home ! Friendly staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nelson, New Zealand
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The Southern Alps of the South Island are host to a number of superb ski resorts. One of the most beautiful and best value is Rainbow Ski Area near St Arnaud, high in the north of this great mountain chain within the world famous Nelson/Marlborough...more
1680 Rainbow Road, Saint Arnaud, New Zealand
+64 3-521 1861
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I no longer ski but I bring my daughter and friends to this compact ski area and they love it. There are several runs and good facilities. The first day we came the main tow wasn't working until noon which was a major pain in...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't skied from 25 years, but arriving on the ski field, just feeling at home ! Friendly staff, maintenance top notch, all great and perfect

Thank Comptoir42
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recently had a bit of s nightmare with the online booking system. Partly my fault partly the system. On the day my part was sorted brilliantly by the customer service team on the hill, and a few days later the systems issue was sorted...More

Thank MoanaNZSUP
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Been coming many years with school groups. It is fun to come up with kids and see them learn basic skiing. If you are looking for a great day of skiing Rainbow isn't really worth the drive/expense. We've had one day out of a dozen...More

1  Thank MoabMic
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Great place to spend a day at, even though it is quite small compared to the fields further south. Line for the T-bar can get up to an hour long during school holidays. Cafe serves good food.

Thank james_hammond_nz
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I took the route following the trail that leads to the main gate from this moment on as you drive closer and closer you start to feel that awesomeness among the beauty of nature and gods gift of eye candy.

Thank ColinT3
Reviewed 30 September 2016

My wife and I have done most of the major ski fields in NZ and thought we would give a smaller one a shot to see what it is like. And the result.. we liked it and would recommend it. In fact in most ways...More

1  Thank S_MurrayNZ
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Having never been skiing before the 3 of us were a bit nervous! We had no need right from the shuttle pick up at the base car park, through the booking and rental areas staff were welcoming, friendly and on hand to answer any questions...More

1  Thank 250nzemma
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Took the 2 little ones up today for a lesson and a day on the slopes. The rental staff were great, the lessons went awesome. I was impressed by the friendly laid back attitude and helpfulness. thanks for a great day!

Thank Rolo C
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Get away from the crowds. Tbar and rope tow lifts access terrain that is suitable for all levels of ability and groups. Great food in the cafe or bring a hamper and deck chairs to enjoy lunch at the snow.

Thank Zoe D
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Maneesh M
3 June 2018|
Response from WalterWatney |
Yes. lots of ordinary cars go to the bottom car park Road is sealed all the way but has several fords (base is concreted but watch out for large stones or rocks) which can be icy on the approaches. Shuttle bus from the... More
Rina H
16 August 2016|
Response from Helena V | Reviewed this property |
Apologies didn't see this. Unfortunately you have to do it yourself. There apparently used to be a person there but he is no longer.