ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Pylon Peak and Waiorongomai Valley

Pylon Peak and Waiorongomai Valley


Pylon Peak and Waiorongomai Valley

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Grade 5

Nearest Town: Te Aroha

Registration Region: Te Aroha

Duration: 8 hours approx

Start Time: 8:30am - Te Aroha i-SITE to carpool to start

Cost: Donation

Pylon Peak Track is so named because of power pylon remnants from a line connecting the old early 1900’s Horahora hydro-electric power station with the gold mines in Waihi and Karangahake Gorge, some 80km away.

After crossing the Waiorongomai Stream, ascend about 660m via the Pylon Peak Track on the southern side of the valley, and out onto the top of the Kaimai Range.  Continue along the spectacular Kaimai Ridgeway to the head of the valley, and return to the carpark via the historic mining tracks in the Waiorongomai valley.  Gorgeous bush and sweeping views on both sides of the ranges – if the weather is kind.

Good fitness level required for the uphill, a sturdy pair of walking boots or shoes and plenty of food and water to last the day. Bring wet weather gear, sunblock and sunhat, and your own first aid kit.

Please note: If the weather is unfavourable we will do a modified walk in the valley.

Photo Credit motowalknz - View to the north-west from near the junction with Kaimai Ridgeline Track, with the summit of Mt Te Aroha to the right.


  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Sturdy Footwear Required

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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