ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Kauaeranga Kauri Logging Sites

Kauaeranga Kauri Logging Sites

Sorry, this event has been CANCELLED.

Kauaeranga Kauri Logging Sites

Sunday, 23 April 2023

Grade 1

Nearest Town: Thames

Registration Region: Thames

Duration: 4-5 hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Dept of Conservation Kauaeranga Visitors Centre (KVC) approx 7km from Thames on Kauaeranga Valley Rd (signposted from the BP Station on southern outskirts of Thames)

Cost: Donation

The tour will cover kauri logging sites in the Kauaeranga Valley.  It will commence at the KVC with a short brief and visit to the model kauri driving dam, about 15 mins walk each way.  (It is hoped to arrange a tripping of the dam but to be confirmed.)  We will then drive up the valley (own vehicles required) to visit logging-related sites such as the Billygoat Incline, main tramway, main booms and the tramway bridge site at Hoffmans Pool.  Sites related to the Thames water race (completed 1876) will also be pointed out.  Finish back at KVC.

In conjunction with the national Week of Archaeology.  Guide/narrator:  Dave Wilton (local archaeologist  - [email protected]). 

Photos: Billygoat Incline circa 1920, showing logs being winched down, and 2020


  • 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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