ECHO Walking Festival


You can register for any walk, cycle, kayak and other events in the registration area by following the 'register' links below.

Please be aware that you participate in these walks at your own risk. The ECHO Walking Festival Committee has safety measures and risk management procedures in place.

Health and Safety and COVID-19

For your health and safety please:

  • Wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing.
  • Register for all walks at least three days prior to the walk and declare any medical conditions/medication when you register.
  • Bring your own wet weather gear.
  • Bring a water bottle, snack food, and any medication needed for all walks. For longer walks, please be prepared to bring lunch, a first aid kit and a torch.
  • Stay with the group and follow any instructions given by your walk leader.


By registering for the Echo Walking Festival you will have to agree to the New Zealand Government COVID-19 Protection Framework regarding events, mass gatherings, and the use of vaccine certificates, if any are required by law. Because of the safety need to stay together as a group, social distancing is often difficult or impossible on our walks. The event organisers require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of participation in the ECHO Walking Festival. This includes our coordinators, guides, and volunteers.

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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.