ECHO Walking Festival

Walks with unconfirmed dates

These are upcoming events that (for now) have no confirmed dates. As soon as the dates are confirmed, these events will appear on our calendar.

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A walk through Martha mine pit fence

A walk through Martha mine pit fence

OceanaGold is offering a walk inside the Martha mine pit fence, around our perimeter road.   Get views of the Martha mine like never before. We will stop off and take a look at some of our local Waihi icons, exiting on the north-western side of the pit rim.  We will then return via the popular Pit Rim Walkway, back to the car park.  The total distance is about 2 km to 3 km, and we expect it to take about an hour, maybe a little more.

Sturdy shoes are a must, and we will supply Personal protective equipment (PPE) which will add to those all-important photos.

PLEASE NOTE: Address for parking is 140 Kenny Street Waihi, across from the basketball court.  The gate will be open from 9.30 am until 9.55 am.  It will then be locked from 10 am until completion of the walk.

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

Photo: Courtesy of Kit Wilson

Coastal Walkway

Coastal Walkway

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.

PLEASE note we have a limited number of seats available.

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 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 car pooling among the group. 

Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper

Tuhua/Mayor Island Day Tripper

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 ???? April 2021

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 ???? April 2021 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: ???? April 2021

Registration must be completed, please click below says:  REGISTER KATIKATI

Please also use the below link for payment for Mayor Island: 





Waihi Cemetery Walk - Movers and Shakers of Early Waihi

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.

Organised by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Waihi Branch.

Time about 90 minutes. Maximum of 12 graves with stories.

All welcome.

Waikino Arts Trail Wander

Waikino Arts Trail Wander

Leaving from the Waikino Railway Station we will meander our way upwards past lush green grazing pastures, spectacular rolling hills, quaint cottages and grand old villas. Waikino is filled with amazing and unique art pieces and creative people … potters, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, spectacular gardens and more. Along the way we will pop into a few studios to see what’s being created, then wend our way down to the Waikino Hotel. This historic building is filled to the brim with mining relics and antiques. We’ll have a beer, wine, lemonade, coffee, tea or water and a delicious pub lunch or snack!

Then back across the river past the iconic Victoria Battery site … so much to see, be sure to bring your cameras.

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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