ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / McBinns Stream Track

McBinns Stream Track


McBinns Stream Track

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Grade 3-4

Nearest Town: Thames

Registration Region: Thames

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Convenient Cow Cafe 8102 SH 26, Hikutaia

Cost: Donation

Organiser: Kauaeranga Tramping Club: Chub Quigg, Rose Davis

The track starts at the ford near the end of Maratoto Road and follows the Maratoto Branch of the Hikutaia River. The track follows an old cart track up the Maratoto branch of the Hikutaia River now known as McBrinns Stream. It follows this old road for about 2 km, a good grade but some slips over the years have to be negotiated. The track then drops down into the steam itself and crosses and recrosses the stream a number of times and at times is in the actual stream bed. The first evidence of mining in the area is the old battery site with the Boiler and Berdans still visible. Then move away from the stream and move past some of the old mine tunnels then drop into the stream again and follow it to the site of an old dam in the stream used to take water from the stream for the crushing battery operation. There are several waterfalls along the stream.

About 23,000 oz of bullion was extracted but judging from the price received there was a high silver content in the bullion.

This area was extensively mined by several companies till around 1933.

The last mine to work this area was in the early to mid 70’s

This area is just over the ridge from Golden Cross that was extensively mined also in the late 19th century and early 20th century. And was revived again in the latter part of the 20th century.


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Jacket
  • Torch Required
  • Hat and Sunscreen

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.