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Dubbo 96 Track Loop Walk


Dubbo 96 Track Loop Walk

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Grade 4

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi Beach

Duration: 4 Hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Karangahake Gorge Car park

Cost: Donation

From the Karangahake Gorge carpark we cross the first swing bridge and then take the upper right hand trail to the Scotsman Gully track before heading left on the country road on a gradual climb for around 1km. The Dubbo 96 track branches off the County Road/No 7 Level track.  We follow the Dubbo track as takes us down to Dickeys Flat past unique flora and fauna, where we eventually enter a tunnel to take us through to the Crown track. This crosses the Waitawheta River via a suspension bridge and takes us back to the Car park. 

Bring food, drink and appropriate shoes.  Track can be muddy after rain.  Children over the age of 7 years welcomed with parent or guardian.



  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Poles (recommended)
  • Walking Shoes
  • Jacket

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.