ECHO Walking Festival


Walks / Waihi Beach North End Mining History

Waihi Beach North End Mining History

Sorry, this event is FULLY BOOKED.

Waihi Beach North End Mining History

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Grade 3

Nearest Town: Waihi Beach

Registration Region: Waihi Beach

Duration: 2 hours

Start Time: 9:00 am - Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club car park

Cost: Donation

Discover the history of Waihi Beach Gold Mining and the Treasure Island Reef.  Our guide Ian Robinson is a wealth of knowledge and has some fascinating stories. 

Bring food, drink and appropriate shoes.  Children over the age of 10 years welcomed with parent or guardian.  Some dangerous areas close to cliff edges.

Photo Credit and description: 

Sinking on the Treasure Island Reef
Ohinemuri Regional History Journal 43, September 1999

An incidental view of the northern headland at Waihi Beach, circa 1905-10, showing the Waihi Beach Goldmining Company’s shaft headframe and associated powerhouse with its twin chimney stacks. The nearby hut (directly above the figures) may have served as a blacksmith’s workshop and assay house.



  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Walking Shoes

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.