ECHO Walking Festival

POSTPONED - ECHO Walking Festival 2020

The ECHO Walking Festival organisers met on Friday, March 20th, 2020, regarding the impact of COVID-19 on this year's festival. Our regional representatives reported over half of our guides are now unable to participate in planned walks. We are also aware of a general reluctance of people willing to attend events which we completely understand.

In order to provide a fabulous festival with a full program of events, we have made the decision to postpone the event until such time as the COVID-19 threat has lifted and we can gather in groups in safety.

However, we would like to encourage people to continue to go out into nature on their own or in family groups.


Walks / Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper March 2020 SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper March 2020 SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

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Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper March 2020 SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Grade 5

Nearest Town: Tauranga

Registration Region: Katikati

Duration: 10 hours

Start Time: 8:00 am - Tauranga Bridge Marina, Pier J6

Cost: $126.50 per person

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 and not for the faint hearted. In the past, people have had to turn back rather than continue on as the steep areas became too challenging.

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

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

Date: Saturday 28th March 2020

Start/Meet time: 8.00am

Duration: 10 hours

Meet at: Tauranga Bridge Marina, Pier J6

Please note: This trip is very much weather dependent, confirmation will be the Friday 27th March 2020 the day before the trip, based on the weather forecast.

In case of bad weather, a reschedule date will be made. If you are unable to make the reschedule date please contact us for a full refund.

Postponement date: 18th April 2020

Registration must be completed, please click below says:  REGISTER KATIKATI

Please also use the below link for payment for Mayor Island: 






  • 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.

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