ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Tuhua/Mayor Island Walk - FULLY BOOKED

Tuhua/Mayor Island Walk - FULLY BOOKED

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

Tuhua/Mayor Island Walk - FULLY BOOKED

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Grade 5

Nearest Town: Tauranga

Registration Region: Katikati

Duration: 9 hours return

Start Time: 8:00 am - TBC (Close to Tauranga)

Cost: $126.50 per person (Due to COVID-19 and the 2020 & 2021 event being postponed, we have contacted all those who have prepaid and saved those spots available plus have a waiting list if those placements become available. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please register your name)

Tuhua is the ancestral home of the Te Whanau A Tauwhao ki Tuhua. Tuhua is also the Maori name of obsidian and is one of the few places in Aotearoa where this important pre-colonial resource can be found. Te Whanau A Tauwhao consider themselves the guardians of the island’s resources and prohibit the unauthorised removal of the jet black glassy stone.

Kaitiakitanga or guardianship is a concept that is deeply embedded in Maori lore. The Trust takes this responsibility seriously and is actively involved in maintaining the island’s natural character as much as possible.

Manaakitanga or hospitality is another important concept that easily aligns with guardianship. The Trust welcomes visitors to share the unique experiences associated with the island. Its pristine waters and rugged natural environment are available for everyone to share and enjoy.

This trip to the island allows time for the group to walk around the island. This takes about 8-9 hours and is one of the most stunning walks in the country. Please be aware that this walk is most definitely a grade 5 walk.  This is not for the faint hearted who think this is just a boat ride over and sit on the beach kind of a day. In the past, people have had to turn back rather than continue on as the steep areas became too challenging.  This walk is strenuous, you need a high level of fitness to be able to keep up with the groups pace.  

BYO Morning Tea/ Lunch, a backpack to carry your own belongings and sensible trekking boots, trekking poles and a rain jacket in case needed. 

We do not recommend this walk if you have any injuries or prone to strain to the body. 

Your bags will be checked by the island caretaker/kaitiaki for biosecurity reasons as they want to keep this island pest free.

Then it’s a nice trip back to the mainland.

There are 25 spaces only for this trip so be in quick!

Date: Saturday 9th April 2022

Start/Meet time: 8.00am

Duration: 9 hours

Meet at: TBC (Close to Tauranga)

Postponement date is on Sunday 10th April 2022.

Please note: This trip is very much weather dependent, confirmation will be on Friday 8th April 2022 the day before the trip, based on the weather forecast and determined through the boat company we are using. In this instance and the trip is unable to go ahead, we will fully refund you or if you would like to hold your position on the rescheduled Mayor Island trip, we can hold your payment and look at a new date for 2023 ECHO Festival.

Registration must be completed:  REGISTER KATIKATI

OR Signup for the waiting list in case spaces become available: WAITING LIST SIGNUP

Only to register for the waitlist only. 





  • Sturdy Footwear Required
  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Poles (recommended)

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.