ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper

Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Grade 5

Nearest Town: Tauranga

Registration Region: Katikati

Duration: 10 hours

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

Cost: $120.00 per person


Because of the large Waitlist we are looking at offering a second trip mid May, we are just checking for boat availability.  Spots will be offerred to those on the Waitlist first.

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 April 2019 

Start/Meet time: 8.00am   

Duration: 10 hours

Meet at: Tauranga Bridge Marina, Pier J6

In case of bad weather, Sunday 28th April has been put aside as a postponement date.


  • Sturdy Footwear Required
  • Bring Food and Drink

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own safety equipment, food, water, clothing and vehicles.