ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Papakura Bay Shipwreck

Papakura Bay Shipwreck

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

Papakura Bay Shipwreck

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Grade 3-4

Nearest Town: Whiritoa

Registration Region: Waihi Beach

Duration: 3 Hours

Start Time: 10:00 am - Opposite Whiritoa General Store

Cost: Donation

A fabulous walk that starts at Whiritoa Lagoon then over to Waimama Bay and then heads up into the bush and over to Papakura bay (Shipwreck Bay) and takes in the shipwreck of the “Hipi” from 1976.  Experience some truly amazing coastal views out to The Alderman islands, beautiful Pohutakawa trees growing on the cliffs and native birdlife.  Be prepared to wade through the lagoon (knee to thigh deep depending on tide).

Bring food and drink including lunch, wear appropriate shoes.  Children of all ages welcomed with parent or guardian.


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Jacket
  • Walking Shoes

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.