Welcome to the ECHO Walking Festival!

ECHO 2016 (Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans)

Dates for ECHO 2016 have been confirmed. The 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.

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


Photo Competition 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.
Seven gently
Upward trek
On Tuahu’s east part.

Kaimai’s backbone,
North-South Track,
Climbed by morning tea.
Southward scrambling,
Rock outcrops,
East/west vista’s see.

Twin Peaks passed
And Abseil Rock,
Cliff-hung ladders too.
Dodging branches,
Nettles, vines,
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!
Welcome sight,
The end at Thompson’s Track.
But rich rewards…
You bet I’m coming 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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