DATES: 1-16 APRIL 2023

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

We have an exciting calendar full of walks and activities coming up in 2023. Read on to discover what we have planned.

ECHO Walking Festival Objectives:

  • 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 or activity that you wish to participate in.

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, a first aid kit and a torch.
  • Stay with the group and follow any instructions given by your walk leader.


Have you considered registering for these Grade 1-2 walks?

Pūkorokoro Shorebird Centre Ngatea - Grade 1

At the Shorebird Centre we welcome visitors to come and explore the fascinating world of shorebirds with us.

Estuary to Whenuakura Island Tour Whangamata - Grade 1-2

Medium level of fitness required.
Meeting at the Otahu River boat ramp, paddling on kayaks through the river mouth into the ocean heading to Whenuakura Island and back to access 14 by Island view reserve.

Waihi Cemetery Walk Waihi - Grade 1

Gravestone symbols: Angels, crosses and more.

Wharf Street to Historical Maritime Park Paeroa - Grade 1

Meeting at Wharf St in Paeroa, you will stop and look at the new purpose-built community jetty on the Ohinemuri River. Continuing onto the Hauraki Rail trail cycleway into the Historical Maritime Park & Museum gardens.

Backways around Katikati - Grade 1

An informative walk through the reserves and streets of Katikati. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch at the end of the walk at a local cafe.

The Blade Carpark Walk & Puketoke Reserve - Katikati - Grade 1-2

Starting at the a Kereru Loop track, then turn onto the Leyland O’Brien tramway track. Walk down to a spot by the river and return the same way and then continue on the Loop track. Lots of lovely bush to see and birds to hear.

Check out and register for the vast range of walks and activities.