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Regional and Mountain Information

About Nelson Lakes

At the top of the South Island a compact area of mountain ranges and forested valleys known as the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the breath-taking Southern Alps. The National park has something for everyone.


Rainbow is the most northern ski area on the Chill Pass. It's a seriously fun and friendly ski area, with facilities to match a medium-sized commercial operation. There's extensive snow making, a terrain park (with it's own tow), 5 tows including a t-bar and platter, with plenty of grooming. The terrain caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

St Arnaud Accommodation

Nelson Lakes Motels

An ideal base to stay, just 35kms from ski field, quality accommodation for individuals, share, couples, families and groups in family cottages, the lodge, or self-contained motels. Keen skiers, they know the field and surrounds. Stunning location, mountain vista, five minute bush walk to lake.  

State Highway 63, St Arnaud

Ph: +64 3 521 1887  Web:  E:

Where to eat

Le Café

Feeding and watering travelers since 2000. Proudly home made everything and fryer free!

Craft Beer - NZ Wine - Havana Coffee - Live Music - The View From Hell

Picton Waterfront

Ph: +64 3 573 5588  Web:  E: