End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka NZ

Get a leg up on this climb to End Peak (2100m) from Treble Cone Ski Field, with great views of Lake Wānaka & the Harris Mountains backcountry.

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka

End Peak (2100m) offers grand views of Lake Wānaka to the east, and over the Harris Mountains backcountry to the west. If you had to climb it from the bottom it would be a real slog, but thankfully you can get a leg up starting at Treble Cone Ski Field (~1260m). Once the steep climb onto the ridge is finished, it’s then fairly easy ridge travel all the way to the summit, with great views the whole way. Lake Wānaka is always there, but views of a heart shaped tarn are an added bonus for reaching the summit. 

On the drive in we passed an already chockers Roys Peak car park (and it’s a big car park!). I was very happy not to be joining the masses on that lacklustre walk (with admittedly epic views). End Peak offers a far more enjoyable walking experience with excellent views (if a bit more distant from the lake). And you get the satisfaction of visiting a high peak. Having said that, this walk does require route finding in places on somewhat rough terrain, so best for moderately experienced walkers. I can also recommend a very short side trip from the ski field vehicle track to look north at mountains lining the Matukituki Valley. 

Track notes at the end.

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field: The Scenery

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
From the drive up to the ski field car park. The Rocky Mountain Track visits the area in shadow, centre right.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
There was some kind of paraglider meet.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
The view from near Saddle Hut, looking on the west side of the ridge. End Peak is visible on the left.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Looking up at point 1955m (I think).

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
There were a couple of small tarns along the way.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Looking towards the summit.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Lake Wānaka from the summit of End Peak (2100m).
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
I love youse all! Says a heart shaped tarn to the south.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
A panorama south.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Big panorama from the summit of End Peak (2100m). Mt Aspiring on the left, the Matukituki River centre left, and of course Lake Wānaka on the right.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
You can see the ridgeline running off to the left.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
The Motatapu River snakes around inside this valley.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Mt Aspiring at the back.

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Treble Cone Ski Field and the Matukituki Valley.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Some zoom to capture the summit cliffs of Treble Cone.
End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Excellent topography to the north viewed from the edge of the ski field.

 

Track Notes

End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka
Climb up through the ski field from the car park, taking either the vehicle track or else a more direct but strenuous route through tussock. The route along the ridge is mostly straightforward except for a sidle on the steep west side of point 1940m.

To gain access to Treble Cone Ski Field in summer you need to complete a simple safety induction online. This gets you the code for the key to open the gate at the bottom of the road. Visit the Treble Cone website for details. When I did this it was via the Zero Harm website – I just signed up and searched for Treble Cone to take the short course. 

From the car park, you can climb up towards Saddle Hut directly through tussock (steep), or on the windy vehicle track (longer). We decided to take the vehicle track on the way down because the tussock was slippery and steep. (We also took the opportunity to get views north from a spot up an embankment just north of the vehicle track – was worth it). 

From Saddle Hut head south along the ridge all the way to End Peak, with one short but necessary diversion off the ridge to get around point 1940m. Keep to the west side of this peak on steep slopes. 

Despite starting at roughly 1260m, there’s still around 1000m change in elevation getting to End Peak at 2100m along the undulating ridge. And depending on your route up to the ridge the return trip will be 14-18km. So still a good work out, at the hard end of moderate.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

2 thoughts on “End Peak from Treble Cone Ski Field, Wānaka NZ”

  1. 1. Do you remember about how long it took you? I am weighing this hike against the hike north from Treble Cone, to Black Peak (https://leeburty.com/leeburty/2014/02/02/black-peak-mount-aspiring-national-park).

    2. The Treble Cone website says it’s OK to use a 2WD car (https://www.treblecone.com/faqs/). Do you agree?

    By the way, their home page has stopped requiring an online safety course for summer access. Now it says ‘The Gate Code is 2711 (key in box alongside).’

    1. Hi Mark. Thanks for the update. I checked the time stamps of my first and last photos and reckon we must have been out for 10 hours. So quite long, but we weren’t in a rush that day. That includes lunch and a diversion to check out the views to the north. We also stopped and had a chat with one of the caretakers and his family who had driven up to the tops. From what I’ve read about Black Peak, End Peak would be the easier walk.

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