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're 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.

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Where to ski in Nelson Lakes & Marlborough


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.

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Where to eat in Nelson Lakes & Marlborough


Le Café

Feeding and watering travelers 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
E: lecafe@lecafepicton.co.nz
Address: Picton Waterfront

The Chill Regions/Accommodation

Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.

The Chill Mountains

In 2020 The Chill6 accesses the five following Ski Areas in the Selwyn District;  Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.

The Chill12 accesses the five ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.

The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 11 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.