ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Owharoa Falls Heritage Bike and Train Ride

Owharoa Falls Heritage Bike and Train Ride

Sorry, this event has been CANCELLED.

Owharoa Falls Heritage Bike and Train Ride

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Grade 2-3

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start Time: 10:00 am - Waihi Bicycle Hire for bike fitting, 126 Seddon Street, Waihi

Cost: $69.00 (includes bike hire and train ride)

Take a scenic bike ride to the Owharoa Falls and explore some of the area’s rich heritage along the way. Follow the stunning Ohinemuri River through gentle farmland as it flows from Waihi to Waikino and beyond. Then return to Waihi on Goldfields heritage railway. Trail bikes, helmets and a local guide will be provided for the adventure. A moderate level of fitness and good bike riding skills will be required for this event. Please bring snack or a light lunch and water. The adventure will start and finish at Waihi Bicycle Hire and is limited to a maximum of 14 people.

Please note: A minimum of 6 people is required for this event to proceed.


  • 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.