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Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

Rainbow, New Zealand

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,800m
Resort Height1,437m
 Nearest AirportsTaupo and Rotorua
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The ski area of Rainbow is at an altitude of 1,437m.


Rainbow has direct access to 11 marked pistes, served by a total of 6 ski lifts.


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


Rainbow offers some good boarding.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Rainbow is 2km long.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Rainbow?

The next notable snow forecast is 4cm, expected on 23 June.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Rainbow

Ski Area Stats

Rainbow Ski Area

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

Altitudes & Slopes

Rainbow Ski Area Heights

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

Ski Slope Aspects


Rainbow has ski slopes facing south-east (good for keeping the snow).

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Rainbow
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Rainbow?

This ski resort is in Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Rainbow is Taupo, 4 minutes drive away.

Rotorua, Napier, Hamilton, Whakatane, Tauranga, Wanganui and Palmerston North airports are all within three hours drive.

Taupo is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 12 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Rainbow open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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