ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Over the top - Tuahu Track East to West

Over the top - Tuahu Track East to West

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

Over the top - Tuahu Track East to West

Monday, 11 April 2022

Grade 5

Nearest Town: Te Aroha

Registration Region: Te Aroha

Duration: 5-6 hours

Start Time: 9:45 am - Te Aroha i-SITE 102 Whitaker Street, Te Aroha Telephone: 07 884 8052

Cost: 25.00

Traverse the Kaimai ranges taking in views of the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Plains.

Meet at Te Aroha i-SITE, 102 Whitaker Street, Te Aroha 9.45am for debrief. Bus to Hot Springs Rd, Katikati and walk through lush native forest to the top of the Kaimai Ranges. Drop down to the Waikato side where the vegetation gives way to a harsher environment. Continue on down through the Waihou valley pine forest and bus back to the domain and a soak in the mineral pools. (Private spa must be booked; Swim Zone and No.2 Bathhouse open to public)

Time 5-6 hours; Distance 11.9km; Grade 5; Cost of $25.00

First pick up at Te Aroha i-SITE 102 Whitaker St Te Aroha @ 9.45am. Drop off 426/266 Hot Springs Rd Katikati. Second pick up is at 433 Wairakau Rd, Te Aroha @ 4.00pm; drop off @ 102 Whitaker Street, Te Aroha.

Please note: We need a minimum of six people to register and there is a maximum of 13 people.


  • 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.