Welcome to the ECHO Walking Festival!

ECHO 2017 (Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans)

We are pleased to bring you the festival dates for 2017. Our opening weekend will be Saturday April 1 and the final day will be Sunday April 23. The in-between will be action packed with some exciting new prospects. Our new programme has recently been updated, so please go to our 'Walks' page and explore all the possibilities.

Photo Competition 2016

With 50 entries in 2016, our photo competition was very popular! And the winners were:

FROM THE TRACK: Aileen Halliwell

Mudflat Challenge


Onemana South

CATCH THE ACTION: Shirley Hickson

Exploring Kinleith Forest


Sincere thanks to the following businesses who have provided prizes for our festival. Here are our lucky winners.

One night's accommodation for 2 at Otesha Falls
A luxury bed and breakfast just on the outskirts of Waihi. Winner: Carol Ward

One night's accommodation for 2 at Riverside Glamping
Experience a night in a luxurious Lotus Belle tent.  Katikati. Winner: Aaron Merricks

One night's accommodation for 2 at Atalaya B & B, Waihi Beach. Winner: Robert McWha
Enjoy a bed and breakfast experience with this comfortable self contained apartment.

Podium Podiatry and Footwear - $100 voucher. Winner: Wendy King
Recognised and respected as the leading retail provider of podiatry and footwear solutions. Tauranga.

The Lost Spring All Day Pass x2. Winner: x1 - Carol Fielding; x1 Dawn McMillan
Experience luxury and relaxation in the beautifully hand sculpted pools filled with natural thermal spring waters, and surrounded by luscious native bush. Whitianga.

30 minute Te Aroha Mineral Spa for 2 Winner: Melanie Gilbert de Rios
The beautiful Te Aroha Hot Pools nestled at the foot of Mount Te Aroha are filled with natural silky smooth soda water which has made Te Aroha famous for over 100 years.


ECHO Lynch Stream (Kauri to Coastline)
Bob Mills 1 April 2016
Not what I expected,
Showers sometimes all connected,
ECHO walkers, Whanga Ramblers, 10am.
Basil first and Justine last
Herding venturers and fast,
All swallowed by the bush, we’re off again.
Never seen so many kauri
Of all ages, but all towery,
Divide by four, diameter for age.
(For calculating ears,
Millimeters will get years),
Ranging forty to four centuries I’d gauge.
We crossed three streams or more,
At least, maybe, perhaps, a score?
For boulder hopping, sometimes slipping, fun.
The coast was clear with islands,
Far and near, both low and highlands,
We cliff’d and beached and bussed back when we’d done.
Eight k. northward of Tairua,
If perchance you find that you are,
Able with five hours for a tramp.
Carpark Whenuakite,
To Sailor’s Grave, you’ll find is mighty,
Suggest this trip by day, not with a lamp!


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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