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A walk through Martha mine pit fence

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

A walk through Martha mine pit fence

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Grade 2

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 2 hours

Start Time: 10:00 am - The Martha Mine Entrance, 140 Kenny Street, Waihi, across from the basketball court. Gate open from 9.30am to 9.55am.

Cost: Donation requested

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 a look at some of our local Waihi icons, exiting on the north-western side of the pit rim. We will then return via the popular Pit Rim Walkway, back to the car park. The total distance is about 2 km to 3 km, and we expect it to take about an hour, maybe a little more.

Sturdy shoes are a must, and we will supply Personal protective equipment (PPE) which will add to those all-important photos. 

It is a PPE area so we are required for everyone to wear helmets, glasses and high vis. Suitable 8 years and over.

PLEASE NOTE: Address for parking is 140 Kenny Street Waihi, across from the basketball court. The gate will be open from 9.30 am until 9.55 am. It will then be locked from 10 am until completion of the walk.

There are 30 spaces only for this trip so be in quick!

Photo: Courtesy of Kit Wilson


  • Sturdy Footwear Required

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own safety equipment, food, water, clothing and vehicles.

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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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.