ECHO Walking Festival


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Union Hill Walk

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Union Hill Walk

Monday, 8 April 2024

Grade 1-2

Nearest Town: Waihi

Registration Region: Waihi

Duration: 2 hours return

Start Time: 10:00 am - George Street Carpark, Waihi

Cost: Donation

Meet at the George St car park by the Gilmour reserve at 10am. 

We will take a walk through Gilmour reserve - Tunnellers Memorial, Pike River 29 Miners Rest, development of the park.  Then a loop around Union Hill taking in the vent shaft, the pachuca tanks, the battery site, Mineral Resources tailings ponds, environmental restoration, going via the Millstream walkway with its various features - butterfly garden, bamboo grove & speaks quarry.

This is a moderate-easy walk with no steep grades. Good walking shoes are essential, and you may want to bring a bottle of water and a camera.

We will finish back at George St carpark. 

There are 30 spaces only for this trip so be in quick!

Following this tour there are various other walks in the area, if you have further time to explore: 

The walkway around the base of Black Hill follows the Ohinemuri River for most of the way. Also an option to go up to Black Hill Lookout. The river continues on through the Karangahake Gorge. 

Martha Mine Pit Rim Walk. Waihi’s Pit Rim Walkway/Cycleway is a most enjoyable walk that starts at the Waihi Information Centre and also ends there.



  • Bring Food and Drink
  • No Dogs
  • No Prams

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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