ECHO Walking Festival

About the ECHO Walking Festival

9-24 April 2022

Kicking off in 2003, the ECHO Walking Festival is organised by town promoters in the participating towns and districts.

ECHO Walking Festival Objectives:

Our goals are:

  • To enable local residents to take part in walks in their local parks and reserves.
  • To highlight the benefits of regular exercise.
  • To increase awareness and use of local parks and reserves.
  • To promote local tourism

Through the Festival, we want to encourage all New Zealanders to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, to appreciate the attractions of our region, and to keep fit and active.

Registration Policy

You must book any walk, cycle, kayak and any other activity that you wish to participate in.

The Festival is a non-profit event which relies heavily on volunteers, and donations to help pay for the organisation and promotion of the month-long event.

Any contribution received towards ECHO is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure the success and continuation of the festival.

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Health and Safety

For your health and safety please:

  • Wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing.
  • Register for all walks at least three days prior to the walk and declare any medical conditions/medication when you register.
  • Bring your own wet weather gear.
  • Bring a water bottle, snack food and any medication needed for all walks. For longer walks, please be prepared to bring lunch, first aid kit and torch.
  • Stay with the group and follow any instructions given by your walk leader.

Download Safety Plan