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Rainbow, New Zealand

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Rainbow Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,800m
Resort Height1,437m
 Nearest AirportsTaupo and Rotorua
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Rainbow at a glance

Rainbow is the most northerly ski area on the South Isle, and opened its first lift in 1982. The resort offers good views, a good sunshine record and excellent skiing and 'boarding for all ability levels.

 When will it snow in Rainbow?

The next notable snow forecast for Rainbow is 2cm, expected on 14 August, with around 2cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Rainbow Facts, Stats and Ratings

Rainbow Rated

Ratings for Rainbow
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Rainbow?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Rainbow
Highest Lift1,800m
Lowest Piste1,437m
Resort Altitude (Rainbow)1,437m
Max Vertical363m

Rainbow Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Rainbow
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Rainbow Summary

The New Zealand Ski Resort of Rainbow has direct access to 11 marked pistes, served by a total of 6 ski lifts.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Rainbow is 2km long.

 Skiing in Rainbow

Rainbow offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

 Snowboarding in Rainbow

Terrain features are constructed during the season.

When is Rainbow open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Rainbow.

Usual opening is Early July (Opening day is pre-opening day for members - public opening is the next day), and usual closing is Mid September.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Rainbow.

Snow Making

Rainbow is able to make snow, with 12 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The six ski lifts of Rainbow are able to uplift 3,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Rainbow?

Rainbow is in Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand.

How can I get to Rainbow?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Rainbow are Taupo, Rotorua and Napier. There are eight airports within three hours drive. Taupo is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


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