New Zealand - Treble Cone Resort Review

Overview for Treble Cone

Overall Rating:   3.5 star rating
Breakdown of Runs:

Lifts: 4  Runs: 60+  Parks: 1

 Season: Late June to late September

  • Well maintained resort
  • Amount of varied terrain
  • Awesome views
  • Distance and access from Wanaka
  • Hike to double blacks
  • Lift queues


Treble Cone is located just outside of Wanaka in the middle of New Zealand's South Island. There is plenty of accommodation available in Wanaka, in the form of hotels, hostels and apartments. To see a list of options take a look at our Wanaka Hotels page.

The Slopes

Treble Cone is a well run resort with plenty of challenging terrain. The average annual snowfall here is good by New Zealand standards so if it’s powder days you’re after you have a good chance of getting some here.

For the beginners amongst you don’t worry, whilst the resort does cater well to advanced and intermediate riders, they have not forgotten the beginners. At the bottom of the resort near the 6 seater VW chair lift there is a reasonably sized learning area with a magic carpet, the ideal place to learn snowboarding.

If you have surpassed the learner slope try Easy Rider. A long windy green run that goes right from the top of the VW chair lift back down to the base. From the Easy Rider run there are a few blues that are on the milder side allowing for gradual progression.

Intermediate riders will find plenty of blue runs from the top of both the VW chair and the top of the Saddle chair. Be warned that some of them, such as cloud nine, may be full of moguls, so it’s worth checking which ones have been groomed. For gentle progression there are a couple of nice black runs out towards the Matukituki Basin.

Advanced riders who prefer not to hike have plenty of non-groomed terrain along with some chutes around the saddle track and some mild challenges on the Drop Off and Payback from the saddle chair. Those that are up for the hike should try Tims Table, Hollywood Bowl and Motatapu chutes from the top of the Saddle chair. Also try Hidden valley, which can be accessed from either the Saddle or the VW 6 seater. There is also the Super Pipe and a good selection of boxes, rails and jumps in the terrain park, as well as plenty of natural hits.

The Nightlife

Wanaka is the closest place to stay and has plenty of good nightlife. There is a reasonable selection of shops and eateries around town to cater for most tastes and budgets. Some of the bars put on happy hours with cheap drinks and many have bands, DJ's and other weekly events.

Many of the season riders flock to Wanaka every year with Treble Cone passes, this makes for a good riding community in the town. There are plenty of parties and lots of fun to be had.


The drive up to the resort as with most of the NZ resorts is up a decidedly dodgy access road. I would not recommend driving up it unless you are a confident driver carrying snow chains. It is unsealed with no barrier and has a steep drop off at the edge. Buses are available from Wanaka and there is talk of them building a gondola in the near future to take people from the car park at the bottom. Treble Cone is located in Mt Aspiring National Park just over 100km from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Wanaka.

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View from Cloud Nine at Treble Cone Snowboard Resort A snowboarder and the view from Treble Cone Snowboard Resort Treble Cone Snowboard Resort Lake Wanaka from Treble Cone Access Road