ECHO Walking Festival

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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Walker's Words 2015

Please enjoy these walkers words from frequent participant Bob Mills. Thanks Bob!

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Walker's Words 2014

Thank you Bob for another great reflection of your experience of the Mayor Island walk.

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Walker's Words 2013

The festival brings people from all walks of life together. We are lucky enough to have an avid walker who joins us every year and who is also a great poet.

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A perspective on the ECHO Walking Festival

As I reach the crest of the ridge after a slow steady climb through native bush and turn to look out across at the vista of the Hauraki Plains and beyond, I feel a sense of achievement. I wonder to...

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Walker's Words 2012

Some poems from Bob Mills on various ECHO Walking Festival walks.

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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.