ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Butlers Track

Butlers Track


Butlers Track

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Grade 3

Nearest Town: Karangahake

Registration Region: Waihi Beach

Duration: 2 hours

Start Time: 1:00 pm - Karangahake School Carpark

Cost: Donation

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 track that eventually levels out and exposes wonderful views of the Karangahake Gorge road a long way below. We encounter relics of the ingeniously made telecommunication wires and exploratory mineshafts. Large stands of Kauri and other native trees grow along the track that connects up with the old Rahu Road and reminds us of how much our forebears went through to create the beautiful roads that we now enjoy.

Please note : Not for those with a fear of heights. Bring food, drink and appropriate shoes. May be muddy after rain. Children over the age of 8 years welcomed with parent or guardian.


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • 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.