ECHO Walking Festival

Walks with unconfirmed dates

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Coastal Walkway

PLEASE note we have a limited number of seats available.

Experience the magnificent Coastal Walkway, an old bridle path once used by early Maori and European Settlers to link east with west at the tip of the remote yet beautiful, Northern Coromandel Peninsula. Enjoy lunch at the Lookout with its impressive views of the Pinnacles and Sugarloaf or pause for a rest on the heritage seat and soak up the ambience and blissful peace. The Walkway concludes with a leisurely downhill section through an impressive beef and sheep farm on the way to Fletcher Bay. Joining Hosts, Leanne and Gavin from Coromandel Discovery, this is a limited offer to a maximum of 9 people for this trip complete with transport departing and returning to Coromandel Town.

Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk

Duncan's Dairy Farm Walk

This walk travels through a dairy farm. Starting at the tanker loop parking area off Woodlands Road, take a half hour journey up the farm’s main race to excellent views of the local district at the top near the bush. Views of the wider Bay of Plenty are also available. Return via a mostly different route through paddocks and past bush, riparian planting and two small ponds. Expect to see a variety of bird life, unless it is hot and near the middle of the day. Total walk time 1 to 2 hours. Suitable footwear would include running shoes or boots. Suitable for all ages.

Pleasant gradient, but the track does climb 170m - approximately 3km total walking.

Kauri walk to Dickey Flat

Kauri walk to Dickey Flat

Enjoy the beautiful settings along the Dean and Mangakino Pack tracks to where the Mangakino Stream and Waitawheta River converge. Tramp along the Waitawheta River (writhing serpent) discover the few ancient Kauri left by milling companies of past days.  Enjoy the newly upgraded track to Dickey Flat.

At Dickey’s Flat Adventure Camp enjoy ‘billy tea’, a sausage and marshmallows to toast over the fire. (bring own mug) Suitable 8 yrs and over.

Meet at Dickey Flat Adventure Camp, (bottom Dickey Flat Road on left) from there we will arrange transport shuttle. 

No Cost

Nature Kids Scavenger Hunt Walk

Kids of any age (and their adults) will enjoy our scavenger hunt walk around the Waihi Beach Reservoir; searching out the many interesting features and creatures that live and grow there.  The loop track is an easy walk, buggy friendly and our pace will be gentle.  Regroup at the end of our exploration to share a drink of delicious Weta Wee with new friends. 

Shelly Bay Yoga Class

Shelly Bay Yoga Class

Discover one of the Bay of Plenty’s best kept secrets.  Enjoy a pleasant, scenic walk up and over the hill to secluded Shelly Bay.  The reveal of this postcard worthy bay with clear waters and magnificent Pohutukawa will put your soul at ease, as you settle on the grassy area for a 45 min uplifting Vinyasa flow yoga class.  Be prepared to take your Yoga off the mat and dip your toes in the water because life is all about living in the moment.

Tai Chi Walk - Waihi Beach

Join us as we warm up with a short Tai Chi session, followed by a gentle stroll around the reservoir loop track, filling our senses with the sight, sounds and smells of the abundant flora and fauna found in this special habitat.  Gathering again at the end of the walk to cool down with a second Tai Chi session.  All ages welcome. 

Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper March 2020

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 March 2020

Start/Meet time: 8.00am

Duration: 10 hours

Meet at: Tauranga Bridge Marina, Pier J6

Please note: This trip is very much weather dependent, confirmation will be the Friday 27th March 2020 the day before the trip, based on the weather forecast.

In case of bad weather, a reschedule date will be made. If you are unable to make the reschedule date please contact us for a full refund.

Postponement date: Saturday 18th April 2020

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Waihi Beach Stream Long Loop Track (Old Firebreak connection track)

Waihi Beach Stream Long Loop Track (Old Firebreak connection track)

This walk follows the Waihi Beach stream its full length then links to the end of the old west fire break track. Take in some fantastic views, bring food and water. Also we suggest walking poles if you have them.

Waihi Beach Stream Short Loop Track

Waihi Beach Stream Short Loop Track

Zig-Zagging the Waihi Beach Stream a few times the track gradually rises through bush past waterfalls. Then a ten minute ascent leads to an old track with views over the Orokawa Reserve and Waihi Beach before returning via the Reservoir-Old Firebreak Track. The stream isn’t deep but be prepared for wet feet if you miss your footing.

Waihi Beach Trig Night Walk

Waihi Beach Trig Night Walk

Join us near sunset for a short trek up (with plenty of stairs and some steep bits) to the Waihi Beach Trig where we will watch the sun set over our 9km stretch of paradise.  Once darkness has fallen switch on headlamps and torches to head carefully back down the track, stopping to say hi to the local glow worms on our way.  Expect to be serenaded by sounds of bubbling water, cicada, bird nightsong, and maybe event the call of a Morepork or two. 


Waihi Cemetery Walk

Waihi Cemetery Walk "Movers and Shakers of Early Waihi"

Guided Waihi Cemetery Walk with Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. The theme - “Movers and Shakers of Early Waihi”.  A guided walk talking about some of the personalities who helped shape Waihi.

All welcome.

Health and Safety

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, first aid kit and torch.
  • Stay with the group and follow any instructions given by your walk leader.

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