ECHO Walking Festival

POSTPONED - ECHO Walking Festival 2020

The ECHO Walking Festival organisers met on Friday, March 20th, 2020, regarding the impact of COVID-19 on this year's festival. Our regional representatives reported over half of our guides are now unable to participate in planned walks. We are also aware of a general reluctance of people willing to attend events which we completely understand.

In order to provide a fabulous festival with a full program of events, we have made the decision to postpone the event until such time as the COVID-19 threat has lifted and we can gather in groups in safety.

However, we would like to encourage people to continue to go out into nature on their own or in family groups.


Walks / Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk

Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk


Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Grade 2

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 1-2 hours

Start Time: 9:00 AM - Farm entry at 194 Woodlands Road, Waihi (Fonterra supply number 75977). Park in tanker track turning circle.

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 of the local district at the top near the bush. Views of the wider Bay of Plenty are also available. Return via a mostly different route through paddocks and past bush, riparian planting and two small ponds. Expect to see a variety of bird life, unless it is hot and near the middle of the day. Total walk time 1 to 2 hours. Suitable footwear would include running shoes or boots. Suitable for all ages.

Pleasant gradient, but the track does climb 170m - approximately 3km total walking.


  • Sturdy Footwear Required

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

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