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Nelson & Marlborough

About Nelson Lakes & Marlborough

If you travel to the South Island by ferry you will arrive in Marlborough, the northeastern tip of the island. Marlborough has a diverse landscape, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. If you have time to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound is a must-do by foot, bike, or kayak. If you are in need of caffeine, we highly recommend Le Cafe in Picton, skiers with a Chill Pass get a 10% discount.  Also, 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. This is where you will find Rainbow, the most northern ski area on the Chill Pass.

Where to ski in Nelson Lakes & Marlborough

Chill Alpine Ski Areas Rainbow

Rainbow Ski Area

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.

Where to stay in Nelson Lakes & Marlborough

Chill Alpine Regions Nelson Lakes Alpine Lodge

Alpine Lodge

Alpine Lodge is the place to stay when visiting the stunning Nelson Lakes. There is a range of apartments, rooms and backpacker accommodation available with a full bar and restaurant serving delicious meals. 


Ph: +64 3 521 1869
Address: 75 Main Road, St Arnaud

Where to eat in Nelson Lakes & Marlborough

Chill Alpine Friends Le Cafe Picton

Le Café Picton

Feeding and watering travellers since 2000. Proudly home made everything and fryer free!
Craft Beer - NZ Wine - Havana Coffee - Live Music - The View From Hell


Ph: +64 3 573 5588
Address: Picton Waterfront