Eglinton River West Branch (II/III) Cascade Creek to Mistake Creek

A great road accessible run, through beautiful native bush.

This trip page is derived from a a combination of a trip report by Jamie McAuley and information from Gerard Hill.

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Eglinton River West Branch(III) Cascade Creek to Mistake Creek

The trip begins at the small footbridge over the Eglinton at the Cascade Creek Campground.

The upper section of the Eglinton river snakes through enclosed forest and offers tight, technical lines, with plenty of rocks and logs to manoeuvre around and fairly constant stream of Class II to Class III rapids. These tight technical lines are for an experienced party, not a beginner run. Not recommended after heavy rain.

This section collects trees in the river so be aware of strainers. Often there are river wide strainers, so make sure you always have an eddy in sight and be prepared to portage. The crux rapid is a steep series of short drops where Plato Creek enters the main river, catch an eddy and scout or portage.  (In May 2018 this rapid had a huge log strainer in it, and the best eddy was on the river left;  but you always have an eddy that you can catch in sight, otherwise you wouldn’t be doing this run, would you??   😉

This run took Jamies’ group about 3 hours from cascade to mistake creek, with a fair amount of time scouting and portaging.

From Mistake Creek swing bridge the river flattens and widens to a more sedate float – with sweet views of the disappearing mountains. Get out wherever you please and hitch back to your car at Cascade. (note that far fewer cars head to Milford in late afternoon).

Visual at the get in.

The river was running ~30cms below the girder of the bridge at the get in when Jamie and his friends ran it.

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  1. PackraftingTrips.NZ says:

    Update: November 2018 from Andy Magness:

    “Quite a few river spanning trees. Serious consequences if unable to negotiate pretty technical moves. Advise caution or advanced paddling skills.”

    Rivers change with every flood. Rapids appear, move and disappear. Giant boulders move, landslides happen, trees fall in… Treat all descriptions as a snapshot of the river at the time they were written: Prepare for (and be able to react to) the unexpected!

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