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.

2020 Photo Competition

Each year we encourage walkers to take their phones or cameras with them and capture the beauty of the bush, the people participating and the spirit of ECHO.


Must be a registered walker; no more than 5 entries per person; fun not a professional photographer.

ECHO WALKFEST FESTIVAL judges winner and second place.

This year there is a People's Choice option to vote for a favourite photo(s) taken. These photos will be on the Echo Walking Festival Facebook page to vote on.

Echo Walking Festival has the right to publish any photo submissions for promotional use on the ECHO Walking Festival website and any other advertising material.   

Competition Entry

Please email photos 'no more than 5 entries per person' for the photo competition to [email protected] with your name and the name of the walk you were on by 30th April 2020.


First prize $100, second prize $50 and people's choice $50. Remember your phone or camera and get snapping.

For quality, please send your originals or at a good resolution.

2019 Winning Photos

Shag silouhette

Category: Peoples Choice ($50)
Title: Shag silouhette
Name: Fiona Perez

Pauanui at Night

Category: First Place ($100)
Title: Pauanui at Night
Name: Tracey Boyd

Waihi Beach Long Loop

Category: Second Place ($50)
Title: Waihi Beach Long Loop
Name: Doug Longdill

Boys on Tree

Category: Third Place (Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel Spot Prize)
Title: Boys on Tree
Name: Jim McManus

Photo Competition

Competition Results

The winning photos of the registered walkers for 2020 will be shown on this page after the completion of the festival.