Views from Rainbow Road.
Image: George Moon | Creative Commons



The Rainbow Road is remarkable for the landscape’s transition from wide tussock lands and screes along the Clarence River to craggy, beech‑covered mountains in the Wairau catchment.

112 km

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving

Seasonal restrictions

At all times

You must complete the access form. These are available at the time of gaining access (in season) and/or keys (off season). To complete the form beforehand, see the Rainbow Station website.

The road can close without warning.

For the latest road status check the Rainbow Station website.

Dog access

No dogs


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