Treble Cone Access Road is a very picturesque unsealed road located within the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. The road is extremely steep, with a gradient average of 12%. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.
The road is 7.5km long, leading to the the Treble Cone ski area, at an elevation of 1.250m (4,101ft) above the sea level. The access road up to Treble Cone is typical of New Zealand, and is windy, steep, and unsealed. The road has the occasional guard rail, but otherwise it’s pretty sketchy (as are the majority of NZ ski field roads).
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! The road winds around the shores of Lake Wanaka, and on still sunny days many people stop on the side of the road for photographs of the mountains reflected in the water. On the summit there are spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. Driving on New Zealand's mountain roads can be an intimidating aspect. The road is narrow, bumpy, dusty, steep and windy little goat tracks. It’s 7.5km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 924m. The average percentage is 12,3%.
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