Marlborough region

Horse riders on Rainbow Road.

Horse riders on Rainbow Road

Map highlighting the Marlborough region of New Zealand.

The Rainbow Road is a ‘wilderness driving’ experience across private land. It connects St Arnaud to Hanmer Springs via Rainbow and Molesworth Stations. It is remarkable for the transition from craggy, beech-covered mountains to flowing tussock lands, where vast screes spill from ridge crest to valley floor in a lonely landscape.

The road is a toll road managed by Rainbow Station (Star Holdings Ltd) and is open from 26 December to 5 pm on Easter Monday. There is a $25 toll per 4WD vehicle, $15 per motorbike, $2 per mountain or push bike, trampers - no charge.

Outside the open period contact contact the Rainbow Station Manager on +64 3 521 1838 after 6.30pm to arrange access through the station to 4WD, tramp, hunt, fish or mountain bike.
Access forms and further information can be found on the Lone Star Farms website. Please note toll charges apply all year round.

Location

The Rainbow Road is situated between St Arnaud and Hanmer Springs.
 
 

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Contacts

Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Hurunui Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 315 7128
Address:   Amuri Avenue
Hurunui
Email:   info@visithurunui.co.nz
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Rainbow Station:
Star Holdings Limited, +64 3 545 7600, fax +64 3 545 7601