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Wanaka Treble Cone Ski Field attractions and things to do

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Treble Cone is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top ski fields. Today a consortium owns and operates both Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields. The backcountry beckons the experienced skier with the novice well catered for with beginner slopes.


As one of NZ’s premier ski destinations, pre-book snow school programmes and shuttle services beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Wanaka and Lake Wanaka South Island, New Zealand
Wanaka and Lake Wanaka, South Island

Treble Cone highlights

  • NZ’s longest vertical rise of 700 metres
  • Spectacular views over Lake Wānaka and Mount Aspiring/Tititea
  • Well groomed intermediate to advanced terrain adding depth for experienced skiers. The ski field has been the off-season training ground for the national ski team of Austria.
  • The resort sells a discounted lift pass to help backcountry users access this terrain from Treble Cone’s summit. Backcountry tours also leave from Treble Cone, operated by Aspiring Guides.
  • Beginner and intermediate skiers are catered for with Home and Saddle Basin
  • Recent development of a free beginner surface lift and ski area near the base facilities
  • Kid friendly terrain park and kids’ fun trail to explore
  • Snow sport school for beginners through to intermediate skiers wishing to polish their skills
  • Ski, snowboard rentals, including clothing and a well stock winter accessory shop
  • Medical facilities are located at the base headquarters of Treble Cone
@Aspiring Avalanche Dogs
@Aspiring Avalanche Dogs

Aspiring Avalanche Dogs

Based at Treble Cone, Aspiring Avalanche dogs is a non-profit organization and a registered charity that provides a primary response avalanche search dog service to the ski areas and backcountry of the Southern Lakes Region. The highly trained dog teams can be rapidly deployed around the clock to help locate skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers unlucky enough to be caught in an avalanche.

The TREBLE CONE access road is notoriously difficult to drive with its 7 km of hair pin bends and icy surface requiring snow chains attached to the tyres. Fortunately there is a very efficient Treble Cone Express from Wanaka. You need to pre-book at least 24 hours prior online.


Treble Cone online information states, the gravel road is accessible with a 2WD and snow chains. Treble Cone posts snow conditions on the Snow Reports page as well as advertises the need to fit snow chains at the bottom of the road to Treble Cone. Chains are not available for hire at the bottom of Treble Cone road. You will need to hire or purchase them in Wanaka. They are available for hire from a number of local retailers. If you are in a rental vehicle, please ensure the chains fit before leaving the rental depot. Road and parking access are free to all users.


Yes, there is a free shuttle service to Treble Cone from the  bottom car park located on the  access road.

Treble Cone is at an altitude of 1960 in a winter alpine climate. Warm clothing layers are essential even if you plan to be frequenting the cafes and restaurants and/or largely supervising children. There are shops selling winter clothing as well as clothing rental facilities as well.

Mount Aspiring National Park Weather Forecast

It is essential walkers consult the local mountain weather forecast and unpredictable weather is a given.

Wanaka selfie location #thatwanakatree, summer lake level is low, South Island, New Zealand
Wanaka selfie location #thatwanakatree, summer lake level is low, South Island


Wanaka is less than an hour from the ski field base car park. Take a selfie at #thatwanakatree and enjoy a brisk walk along the lake.

  • Wanaka is well known for its craft breweries with six local brewers in Wanaka alone. The Cardrona Distillery is a popular venue for day trippers on the Crown Range highway.
  • Explore further afield take the route through the Karawaru Gorge to Queenstown with Cromwell as a tempting diversion
  • Wanaka’s adventure sports range from skydiving, rock climbing and thrilling jet boat tours


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