ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Historic Shortland Wharf & historic sites walk

Historic Shortland Wharf & historic sites walk

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

Historic Shortland Wharf & historic sites walk

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Grade 1

Nearest Town: Thames

Registration Region: Thames

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Shortland Wharf (Southern end of Thames)

Cost: Donation

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 church service (1867), first European cemetery in Thames, early railway infrastructure (c. 1890s), Shortland Sawmilling Co mill and Stone’s Boatyard sites, Shortland Hotel etc. We will then walk down to the Kauaeranga bridge and point out the original railway bridge, original road bridge (near the racecourse) and Parawai Mission Station. Return to Shortland wharf and disperse.


  • 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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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.