Welcome to the ECHO Walking Festival!

ECHO 2016 (Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans)

Dates for ECHO 2016 have been confirmed. The 13th annual ECHO Walking Festival will start on Saturday March 19 and run through until Sunday April 10, 2016.

Our new schedule is now available on the "Walks" page. Please note that the Tuhua/Mayor Island Overnight walk and the Tuhua/Mayor Island Day trip are already fully booked.

Enquiries to: Julie Stephenson – Ph 027 486 4955, julies@sportwaikato.org.nz


Photo Competition 2016

With over 50 entries last year our photo competition was very popular! Details about our 2016 competition will be posted very shortly. Watch this space.


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.

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