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At the top of the South Island, the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions are blessed with the Nelson Lakes National Park and Rainbow Ski Area. It’s a seriously fun and friendly ski area, with facilities to match a medium-sized commercial operation. There’s extensive snowmaking, a terrain park (with its own tow), 5 tows including a T-bar and Platter, with plenty of grooming. The terrain caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.


Rainbow Ski Area is approximately 1½ hours’ drive from Nelson or Blenheim and only 40 minutes from St Arnaud Township, nestled on the edge of the spectacular Lake Rotoiti and the Nelson Lakes National Park. St Arnaud is a beautiful spot and a weekend never seems to be long enough. There’s a local store with all the supplies you need and the Nelson Lakes Motels and Travers-Sabine Lodge offer great accommodation options, they’re open all season.