ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Mount Karangahake Summit Walk

Mount Karangahake Summit Walk


Mount Karangahake Summit Walk

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Grade 4

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 4 - 5 Hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Karangahake Gorge Main Carpark by swing bridge

Cost: Donation requested

The Mount Karangahake walk is a walk around 9km.  The walk starts on the gorge floor and finishes at the summit of Mount Karangahake, over 500 metres above the Waitawheta River running through the Karangahake Gorge.

From the car park above, you’ll be able to see the trig at the summit you’re about to climb.

Crossing the first swing bridge, head towards the green signs where several tracks diverge. We’ll be taking the upper right-hand trail, the Scotsman Gully track.  This is a short trail less than 1km long that follows a small stream which you’ll cross via some large rocks. It’s a nice intro to the walk.

After the Scotsman Gully turn left onto the 4WD path. After 800 metres or so, you’ll see a right-hand turn which we take. This part of the trail is in good condition, you can feel the forest closing in around you.

The incline is starting to get a little steeper on this section.  You’ll see a track splitting off to the left.  We carry on straight. Continuing on up to the summit, taking in the stunning views as far as the eyes can see towards the Coromandel and Kaimai.  The plains are vast and never ending - yet the ocean is visible in the distance.  We have a well deserved food and drink break with time to take our photos of the views and selfies by the Trig.  On our return we will return the same way.  This is much safer on the knees and not so slippery if we have had wet weather.   

Medium to high level of fitness required to be able to keep up with the group. Track experience preferred. It is a constant climb and will test your cardio.

Please bring suitable walking shoes, walking poles recommended, jacket and food for our lunch break at the Trig. 



  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Poles (recommended)
  • Camera
  • 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.