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Rainbow Road, Rainbow Station

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Did this as a return trip (had taken the Molesworth Road north the day before) so travelled north... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
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Stunning, remote...take your time

We travelled from Hanmer Springs to St Arnaud via the Rainbow Road in a 4-wheel drive (Audi Q3). We... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Kim O
Christchurch, New Zealand
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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.
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8173 State Highway 63, RD2, Nelson, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
+64 3-522 4413
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

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
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RainbowStation, Public Relations Manager at Rainbow Road, Rainbow Station, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 30 January 2018

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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Kim O
Reviewed 9 September 2017

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

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Annmarie M
Reviewed 4 August 2017

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

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We drove through Rainbow Station from St. Arnaud to Hamner Springs. Some parts of the track were challenging, but great fun. The track is now closed until Springtime.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Christine B
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Gerry W
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Youngone51
Reviewed 29 July 2016

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

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank IansTrippings
Reviewed 27 February 2016

The Rainbow Road is a ‘wilderness driving’ experience across private land. The 112‑kilometre road from Hanmer to St Arnaud (via Tophouse Rd and Wairau Hanmer Springs Hydro Rd) is accessible by 4WD vehicles only (2WD to Lake Tennyson). Combined with the Acheron Road, this makes...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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31 January 2018|
Response from Annmarie M | Reviewed this property |
sorry just saw your query. email hamner springs information centre or look up their website for latest info. its a great drive