Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field, Wānaka NZ

Half-day walk to Treble Cone summit (2058m) from the ski field car park for excellent views of Lake Wānaka and the Matukituki Valley.

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
When climbing End Peak from the Treble Cone Ski Field in 2023 we realised that climbing Treble Cone summit would make a good half-day walk. So on a sunny day when we got up too late to do a full day-walk, we headed on out to Wānaka. Walking through ski fields is never the best experience, but once on the tops the views are excellent. In particular views of Lake Wānaka, and north up the Matukituki Valley, bounded on the west side by very wrinkly and defined topography.

You can access the car park in summer – the code to access the gate key is on their website. Lots of paragliders use the area. It’s not a long walk although sometimes steep and there’s no official track. Route notes at the end.

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field: The Scenery

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Views from our lunch spot on those summit rocks. Unique wrinkly textures on the mountains on the western side of the Matukituki Valley
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Here I tried and failed to capture how high and vertical it was. It was high and vertical.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
My wife Sophia (left) approaches the summit rocks. Those on the left can be accessed from around the back, and we had lunch on top.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Lake Wānaka and lumpy glacial topography.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Looking north-west. Mt Aspiring (3033m) is in the background centre right. Black Peak is centre left and can be visited on a challenging day-walk from Treble Cone.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Approaching rocks on the southern end of the summit ridge. We turned around here and returned the way we came for views all the way down.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Rocks on the summit ridge were a good size.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Blue Creek

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
Very wide panorama of the area, including the Matukituki Valley and Lake Wānaka.
Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
One more up the valley. I took heaps trying to capture the wrinkly topography on the left and also get the valley in. I wasn’t too satisfied with the panoramas I took – the angles didn’t look natural or pleasing.

Route Notes

Treble Cone Summit from the Ski Field
We headed a few hundred metres to the north to walk near the edge of the ski field boundary. We then took the NE ridge to the summit rocks, and wandered along the summit ridge to see more rocks. Returning the same way maximises views.

You’ll need to get the code for the gate key from the Treble Cone website. (Look under summer access). It’s in a locked box next to the gate. Drive up the ski field road to the car park.

From there we headed north to the outskirts of the ski field and walked up towards the NE ridge.  Once on the ridge the views north are impressive. There’s an impact track along the ridge in places, and travel is easy enough. There’s big rocks at the top of this ridge, and we stopped for lunch on one of these. It is worth walking further along the summit ridge for a while, past the trig point, to visit more big rocks. Returning the same way will provide views for your whole descent. You can do all of this comfortably in half a day.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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