ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Tuahu Kauri Loop

Tuahu Kauri Loop


Tuahu Kauri Loop

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Grade 1

Nearest Town: Katikati

Registration Region: Katikati

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Start Time: 10:00 am - At the end of Hot Springs Road

Cost: Donation

A magnificent kauri tree is a stunning feature of this walk. The kauri is known as Tuahu, named after its location on an old Māori route that was used as a bridle path in the 1890s.

A well-benched and graded track winds through native forest of young kauri ‘rickers’ and juvenile rimu trees. After 20 minutes, a side track leads to a platform surrounding one of the largest kauri trees in the Bay of Plenty region.



  • 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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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.