ECHO Walking Festival

Walks Calendar

9-24 April 2022

Walk / Cycle Track Grading:

1 - Suitable for most walkers/cyclists.

3 - Includes short steep or rough sections. Moderate fitness level required.

5 - Challenging steep sections, rough areas or river crossings. A high level of fitness required.

Weather:

This festival is centered around the outdoors, but unfortunately the weather isn't always on our side. If any event is postponed due to weather, every Endeavour will be made to reschedule the walk or event.

Kauri Dieback Information:

With the Kauri Dieback situation some walks may be affected. Please keep an eye on our website for details and further updates. We ask all participants to please make sure they clean their shoes and boots, walking sticks and anything else that comes into contact with the ground before entering and as you come out of the bush. Go to www.kauridieback.co.nz for details.

COVID-19 REMINDER:

Please remain vigilant regarding COVID-19 levels and restrictions.

  • Stay home if you are sick or unwell
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Keep a track of where you have been

Go to www.covid19.govt.nz for details.

Unite Against COVID-19.

Date Walk / Run / Cycle Location Grade
24 -

Date: Sat Apr 9, 2022
2022

Walk

Pinnacles Walk

This popular walk leads to the Pinnacles Hut and on to the summit of the Pinnacles with spectacular views of the Coromandel Peninsula. We follow an historic packhorse route used... DETAILS

Location: Thames

4-5 -

Grade: 4-5

23 -

Date: Sat Apr 9, 2022
2022

Walk

Tuhua/Mayor Island Walk - FULLY BOOKED

Tuhua is the ancestral home of the Te Whanau A Tauwhao ki Tuhua. Tuhua is also the Maori name of obsidian and is one of the few places in Aotearoa... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

5-0 -

Grade: 5

22 -

Date: Sun Apr 10, 2022
2022

Walk

Waihi Beach North End Mining History

Discover the history of Waihi Beach Gold Mining and the Treasure Island Reef.  Our guide Ian Robinson is a wealth of knowledge and has some fascinating stories.  Bring food, drink... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

3-0 -

Grade: 3

21 -

Date: Sun Apr 10, 2022
2022

Walk

Waihi Cemetery Walk - Mayors and Councillors

Guided Waihi Cemetery Walk with Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. The theme - Mayors and Councillors.  A guided walk telling the stories of some of Waihi’s... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

1-0 -

Grade: 1

20 -

Date: Mon Apr 11, 2022
2022

Walk

Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk

This walk travels through a dairy farm. Starting at the tanker loop parking area off Woodlands Road, take a half hour journey up the farm’s main race to excellent views... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

2-0 -

Grade: 2

19 -

Date: Tue Apr 12, 2022
2022

Walk

Daly's Clearing Hut Loop

The start of the track is about 11 km from Waihi. Track starts from the end of Franklin Road, off Waitawheta Road from SH2 near Waikino. Take care as this... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

3-0 -

Grade: 3

18 -

Date: Wed Apr 13, 2022
2022

Walk

Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Experience the magnificent Coromandel Coastal Walkway, an old bridle path once used by early Maori and European Settlers to link east with west at the tip of the remote yet... DETAILS

Location: Coromandel

2-0 -

Grade: 2

17 -

Date: Wed Apr 13, 2022
2022

Cycle

Owharoa Falls Heritage Bike and Train Ride

Take a scenic bike ride to the Owharoa Falls and explore some of the area’s rich heritage along the way. Follow the stunning Ohinemuri River through gentle farmland as it... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

2-3 -

Grade: 2-3

16 -

Date: Wed Apr 13, 2022
2022

Walk

Bird Walk Photography walk

Walk along the Uretara along the Bird Walk as far as the park at the top by Summerset. Where we will have morning tea (BYO Morning Tea) before returning our... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

1-0 -

Grade: 1

15 -

Date: Thu Apr 14, 2022
2022

Walk

Lindemann Loop Track

Enjoy a walk through time exploring Lindemann Loop track, imagining life in the 1900.  Trek past waterfalls, rock relics and appreciate the Kauri milling and dam while you take a... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

4-0 -

Grade: 4

14 -

Date: Thu Apr 14, 2022
2022

Walk

Mount Karangahake Summit Walk

The Mount Karangahake walk is a walk around 9km.  The walk starts on the gorge floor and finishes at the summit of Mount Karangahake, over 500 metres above the Waitawheta... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

4-0 -

Grade: 4

13 -

Date: Sat Apr 16, 2022
2022

Walk

McBinns Stream Track

Organiser: Kauaeranga Tramping Club: Chub Quigg, Rose Davis The track starts at the ford near the end of Maratoto Road and follows the Maratoto Branch of the Hikutaia River. The... DETAILS

Location: Thames

3-4 -

Grade: 3-4

12 -

Date: Sat Apr 16, 2022
2022

Walk

Papakura Bay Shipwreck

A fabulous walk that starts at Waimama Bay and then heads up into the bush and over to Papakura bay (Shipwreck Bay) and takes in the shipwreck of the “Hipi”... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

3-4 -

Grade: 3-4

11 -

Date: Sat Apr 16, 2022
2022

Walk

Uplands Road to Poupou Stream

This track through the Bush links up with a bull dozer track formed during geological investigations for the Kaimais Tunnel construction. There are some slippery clay sections, but the Bush... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

2-0 -

Grade: 2

10 -

Date: Sun Apr 17, 2022
2022

Walk

Kauri Walk to Dickey Flat

Enjoy the beautiful settings along the Dean and Mangakino Pack tracks to where the Mangakino Stream and Waitawheta River converge. Tramp along the Waitawheta River (writhing serpent) discover the few... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

3-4 -

Grade: 3-4

09 -

Date: Mon Apr 18, 2022
2022

Walk

Orokawa Trig Walk

We first proceed up Waihi Stream track, after viewing some water falls, we wend our way up a short but steep section of around 200m that takes us up to... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

4-0 -

Grade: 4

08 -

Date: Tue Apr 19, 2022
2022

Walk

Sentinel Rock Walk

A challenging climb to an isolated rock outcrop in the Kaimai Ranges that offers spectacular views across the valley.  The track is marked, but mostly unformed and rough and steep”.... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

4-0 -

Grade: 4

07 -

Date: Tue Apr 19, 2022
2022

Walk

Waihi Beach Trig Glowworm Walk

Join us near sunset for a short trek up to the Waihi Beach Trig where we will watch the sun set over our 9km stretch of paradise.  Once darkness has... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

3-0 -

Grade: 3

06 -

Date: Wed Apr 20, 2022
2022

Walk

A walk through Martha mine pit fence

OceanaGold is offering a walk inside the Martha mine pit fence, around our perimeter road. Get views of the Martha mine like never before. We will stop off and take... DETAILS

Location: Waihi

2-0 -

Grade: 2

05 -

Date: Wed Apr 20, 2022
2022

Walk

Butlers Track

Join us to explore this track that once gave access between Paeroa and Waihi for both horse and bullock teams. From the Karangahake School carpark we head up the steep... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

3-0 -

Grade: 3

04 -

Date: Thu Apr 21, 2022
2022

Walk

The Discovery Mine and Short Loop Track

Passing the site of the Discovery Mine, we will learn about this little known early mining venture at Waihi Beach, before continuing up the Waihi Beach Stream.  We cross the... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

4-0 -

Grade: 4

03 -

Date: Thu Apr 21, 2022
2022

Walk

Tuahu Kauri Loop

A magnificent kauri tree is a stunning feature of this walk. The kauri is known as Tuahu, named after its location on an old Māori route that was used as... DETAILS

Location: Katikati

1-0 -

Grade: 1

02 -

Date: Fri Apr 22, 2022
2022

Walk

Wires Track Loop

Discover the remnants of the Waihi Beach section of the Old Wires Track as it came via Waihi Beach and connected telegraphic communication between Auckland and Wellington.  The track follows... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

4-0 -

Grade: 4

01 -

Date: Sat Apr 23, 2022
2022

Walk

Dubbo 96 Track Loop Walk

From the Karangahake Gorge carpark we cross the first swing bridge and then take the upper right hand trail to the Scotsman Gully track before heading left on the country... DETAILS

Location: Waihi Beach

4-0 -

Grade: 4

00 -

Date: Sun Apr 24, 2022
2022

Walk

Historic Shortland Wharf & historic sites walk

The walk will commence at the historic Shortland wharf (in use continuously since 1867) and will include the wharf itself, and numerous historic sites in the vicinity, including first Methodist... DETAILS

Location: Thames

1-0 -

Grade: 1

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.

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