Cross Creek v3a2II***

Highest Drop 22m


Public Access.

One of the most fun canyons in NZ! Beautiful slides, jumps and rappels in very cold water.

Since Cross creek is one of the most popular canyons in NZ, the Department of Conservation are closely monitoring damage to the forest and mosses around this canyon. If the area is damaged by canyoners, we may risk having the canyon closed.

Therefore, it is ESSENTIAL that you find and keep to the access track, actively try to avoid damaging any moss and remain in the canyon once there. Do not exit the canyon to do ‘laps’ of any jumps, as this will destroy the environment.

Cross Creek has Didymo. You MUST CHECK CLEAN DRY your gear before going into any other canyon. Even better, schedule Cross Creek as your last canyon, so that your gear gets to fully dry so that your conscience is clear and you do not spread this horrible pest to our other BEAUTIFUL CANYONS. Some nearby do not yet have Didymo.

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  1. AdamB says:

    R2 still missing a hanger. Water Flow is a4 and probably not best for beginners. Lots of scary looking features right now but most were friendly once we got into them (we did bypass a slide in the lower section due to how scary it looked).

    • Date -2/16/2024
    • Water level -very high
    • Anchor conditions -next group needs to do repair/replacement
    • Group size -2
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -1hr/4hr/3mins
  2. Matt H says:

    All jumps slides were good to go, r2 was missing a hangar next group through should take one to replace

    • Date -1/1/24
    • Water level -normal
    • Anchor conditions -next group needs to do repair/replacement
    • Group size -5
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -
  3. Madeline Garnache says:

    One of the double bolts in the middle section is missing a hanger and mallion.

    • Date -24/01/2023
    • Water level -normal
    • Anchor conditions -next group needs to do repair/replacement
    • Group size -2
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -30min/1.5hr/5mjn
  4. William Talbot says:

    The flow was pretty high, so we only did the middle section down. Good canyon though, looking forward to doing it again in the future at a lower flow!

    All anchors middle section and below, still there.

  5. Dan Clearwater says:

    The pools are pretty clean: some bedrock, a few with gravel beds. Most jumps are on, but it still pays to check first ;0)

    Shiny new double glue in anchor, high on TR about a meter downcanyon of the arch. Beautiful line to absiel the slide pitch between the arch and the 11m if the arrival pool is ever too shallow.

  6. Chucky says:

    22 October 2015

    There have been 3 trips through Cross Creek so far this season.

    All the anchors are in good shape, and the pools mostly clear. There is a fair bit of tree fall on the access track. Bring a folding pruning saw and do a little community service on the way in. Please don’t walk around the logs; it just kills the moss and makes a mess of the area.

    There are a few logs jammed in the canyon, but nothing that stops you doing any of the features as normal.

    Very cold still however ;0)

  7. Gus Schiavon says:

    Descended on 28-Jan 2014; went all the way to the upper section, anchors in place, jumps are on, super fun canyon!

  8. jen powell says:

    Five us us ran the middle and lower sections 09-Februrary 2015. I think we managed all of the jumps except into the arch pool after scouting. One accidental belly flop and bloodied nose on the 11m. We tried to clean out some of the logs from the arch, but we were pretty useless. A saw may be handy. Beautiful canyon. Don’t let the flood damage report deter you.

  9. Jethro says:

    Hey there- We have placed a bolt and ring at drop 3 on TR as log jam is deteriorating.
    Drop 8 there is bolt and rapid on TL for when there is high flow
    Drop 11 has bolt and ring on TL

    1. Chucky says:

      Sweet, I’ve updated and incorporated the new anchors on the CanyonTopo!

  10. Lee says:

    Visited 29th Jan 2012. Excellent stuff. We did the full trip, enjoyed the middle/lower sections the most.

    Thanks for the info/topo. Everything seemed to be in place, nothing to report.

    We filmed abit of footage:

    Lee, Sam & Dave

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