ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Halls Arboretum

Halls Arboretum

Sorry, this event has been CANCELLED.

Halls Arboretum

Sunday, 21 April 2024

Grade 1

Nearest Town: Thames

Registration Region: Thames

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start Time: 9:30 am - Meet at top end of Currie St, off Mountsea Rd, Parawai, Thames

Cost: Donation

Unfortunately this walk was cancelled on the day due to weather.

As part of Echo Walking Festival and National Archaeology Week, local
archaeologist Dave Wilton, of The Treasury, will guide a walk around the historic
locations of Hall’s Arboretum (established 1870s) and Parawai Mission Station
(established 1837).
Halls Arboretum is an important NZ scientific site, as it was a key reference site
in the 1913 Royal Commission on Forestry, which drove NZ forestry policy
through to the present day. ‘These trees, planted by Mr Hall, serve perhaps as no others in New Zealand to illustrate the rate of growth of some exotic trees in
comparison with our own native forest trees’ (Royal Commission on Forestry Report,
1913). We will also visit a couple of Mission Station sites close to the arboretum.

Photo: Brunton Crescent entrance to Halls Arboretum


  • Walking Shoes
  • Bring Food and Drink

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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