East Eglinton river valley

Image: Ishaan Bhide | Creative Commons


This challenging tramping route leads from the Milford Road, up the East Eglinton river valley through beech forest.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 hr one way to river forks Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a challenging tramping route.

From the ‘East Branch’ sign on the Milford Road, the route heads up the true right river bank.

After about 2 hours you reach the river forks, where the East Branch meets the Annear Creek.

After this point the route crosses to the true left and continues to the flats in the upper valley (6 hours away) and beyond, for experienced trampers.

Getting there

This route begins from the Milford Road, Fiordland, about 55 km north from Te Anau.

Near the East Eglinton road bridge, a sign on the roadside says ‘East Branch’ and marks the start of the route.

Know before you go

This is a route so you will need above average fitness and high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.

River crossing skills also required.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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