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Rainbow Station is home to the popular tourist route Rainbow Road. Rainbow Road goes through the historic high country land of Rainbow Station from St Arnaud to Hamner Springs and is popular with 4WD, adventure, cycling and tramping enthusiasts.
Hours Today: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
8173 State Highway 63, RD2, Nelson, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Road now closed (sunday 10th feb) due to fire risk. We got through on saturday from Hanmer, went over Jollies pass up the Molesworth road to the confluence of the Clarence and Acheron rivers, quite an easy drive as this road is in good condition....More
Great Drive through the great back country. Need to be ready for anything and NO mobile coverage at all.
This is 4WD only. Gets pretty rough towards the Rainbow Ski field. Also its a good 4 hours at a gentle pace. Single track and steep...More
Did this as a return trip (had taken the Molesworth Road north the day before) so travelled north to south. Paid the $40 toll at the north end.
Stunning country but you have to take your time. Most people on the road will do the...More
Date of experience: March 2018
RainbowStation, Public Relations Manager at Rainbow Road, Rainbow Station, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2019
Hi there Herbie15!
Thank you so much for taking the time out to write such a lovely review.
We are glad you enjoyed the journey, Rainbow Station really is a beautiful piece of New Zealand High Country.
We hope to see you again this season!...More
We travelled from Hanmer Springs to St Arnaud via the Rainbow Road in a 4-wheel drive (Audi Q3). We were concerned that the clearance on our vehicle would be insufficient in some of the rougher areas and stream crossings but we didn't have any issues....More
We travelled this road PRIOR to the Kaikoura earthquake. So not sure of the road condition now.This is an awesome trip through the back, hill country. I also enjoyed mountain biking some of it. We came through from the Blenhiem side and camped at Hanmer,...More
I travelled down from Auckland to Wellington, Met up with 2 friends, Chris and Coxy, and we headed to Picton by ferry ... The 207-kilometre journey from Blenheim to Hanmer
Springs follows the Awatere River, then crosses Wards Pass to follow the Acheron to its...More
For people travelling north from Hanmer, and in a car or SUV, consider the Molesworth Road through Molesworth Station. The road is a good shingle road - a bit dusty, but gives some great views of NZ's outback and mountain scenery. Care must be taken...More
What an amazing road. We travelled through in a 4WD from the St Arnaud end to Hanmer. Scenery was spectacular.
Beware the road is rough so you do need a vehicle with high ground clearance.
Sand flies are out and about to so pick your...More
A drive over Jacks Pass into the Clarence River valley and up to Lake Tennyson is certainly off the beaten track. You are driving on private roads and they are not well maintained. This area is so barren compared to the Lewis Pass area, but...More