Thanks to all of our wonderful participants this year. Overall we have had another very successful festival for 2015.
Each year we encourage walkers to take their cameras with them and capture the spirit of the festival, and this year was no exception with over 50 entries!
Category 1 - "Catching the Action" - Winner: Ava Ruth Baker (Mudflat Challenge)
Category 2 - "Where Am I?" - Winner: Kenneth Gall (Top of the Springs)
Category 3 - "Selfie with Someone Elsie" - Winner: Taryn McBirney (Train & Trek)
Category 4 - "Beauty Not Only in the Eye of the Beholder" - Winner: Nilo Dizon (Pukemokomoke Reserve)
Please enjoy these walkers words from frequent participant Bob Mills. Thanks Bob!
Top Spot – It’s No Joke - ECHO Walk
Bob Mills 1 April 2015
First of April,
Hot Springs Road,
Warm and muggy start.
On Tuahu’s east part.
Climbed by morning tea.
East/west vista’s see.
Twin Peaks passed
And Abseil Rock,
Cliff-hung ladders too.
Queen Vic’s Head to view.
Motuapere Hut for lunch,
A late one,
But a “Goody”,
Onward to Eliza Mount.
Nikau palms and woody.
Yeah the carpark!
The end at Thompson’s Track.
But rich rewards…
You bet I’m coming back!
KAURI DIE BACK
Kauri dieback is the deadly kauri disease caused by Phytophthora taxon Agathis (or PTA). Following DNA studies, this fungus-like disease was formally identified in 2008 as a distinct and previously un-described species of Phytophthora. Kauri dieback is specific to New Zealand kauri and can kill trees of all ages. Unfortunately it has recently been discovered on the Coromandel Peninsula. We will be promoting the education of Kauri Die Back during the ECHO Walking Festival, but urge you to visit the website as well to find out more about this disease threatening our Kauri - www.kauridieback.co.nz
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We do try and keep costs to a donation, this is appreciated to help meet the costs associated with the festival. Some trips involve additional costs and these are always kept to a minimum.
All walkers in 2015 were entered into our prize draw to win great prizes. Here are the WINNERS.
Valley Garden Lodge - Kitty Murray
Otesha Falls - Edwina Burt (Tauranga)
Nibble Nook - Donna Petley (Tokoroa)
Aroha Mountain Lodge - Terry Mutton (Whangamata)
Te Aroha Landing - Denise Macintosh (Papamoa)
Atalaya B & B - Jim Dahm - (Thornton's Bay, Thames)
Seagulls B & B - Joanne Thompson (Morrinsville)
Kelvin Hill Villa - Valerie Mitchell (Tauranga)
Sincere thanks to all of our prize providers.