ECHO Walking Festival

2022 - Festival Summary

Echo is now in its 19th year of connecting hills and oceans. This year’s festival featured: 29 walks 572 registered participants 5 areas connecting hills and oceans 98 entries in the photo competition 81% women and 19% Men registered 820...

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Photo Competition 2022 Words

Sandi – People’s Choice winner – ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the festival so thanks to all of the committee for all the hard work it took to run such a great event’.Phillipa – 1st winner – ‘I am absolutely thrilled you...

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Walkers Words 2022

Dalys Clearing Hut Loop and Mount Karangahake Summit Walk What a fab couple of days. Really enjoyed meeting you and what a terrific job you have done with organising the event so efficiently. Well done. Maureen

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December 2021 Newsletter

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2021 - Another great festival

Echo is now in its 18th year of connecting hills and oceans. This year’s festival featured 21 Walks with 275 registered participants.

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Walkers Words 2021

Waihi Cemetery Tour Our Tour guide was stopped in the street and thanked for our work in putting it all together. The added comment was that the Echo Walk programme isn’t possible for everyone and that the Cemetery walk allowed the...

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Walker's Words 2020

I love to hike and through this I get to witness the most beautiful landscapes & scenery that makes NZ one of the most stunning countries in the world. By sharing my photos I hope I can inspire others to...

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2019 - Another great festival!

Echo is now in its 16th year of connecting hills and oceans. This year’s festival featured 28 Walks with 429 registered participants.

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Educational Cemetery Walk

Everyone enjoyed this 2018 walk and learnt a lot about the 1918 flu epidemic and how it affected Waihi.

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Walker's Words 2016

...And our ever popular poet, Bob Mills, strikes again! Lynch Stream (Kauri to Coastline). 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...

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COVID-19 Information

  • The festival is Fully Operational in RED.
  • Vaccine passes are required.
  • Please register for all walks.

Regarding the removal of the Vaccine Pass Mandate by the NZ Government on 4th April 2022, The ECHO Walking Festival organising committee has given the matter careful consideration and has decided to continue our requirement for Vaccine Passes on our walks this year. The reasons are as follows:

  • We are aware of a number of at-risk walkers who have already registered for walks based on the original criteria.
  • Some of our guides are in the at-risk category.
  • While we understand our walks are in the outside environment, we are required to stay close together and often on narrow tracks. It is impossible to social distance in these settings and mask-wearing is not practical due to the exertion required on walks.

We know this will be disappointing to many and we ask for your continued understanding as we look forward to a time where everyone can come along and enjoy our walks.