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ECHO Walking Festival


Tue 19 Apr 2011, 8:30am–4:30pm

Where: Katikati War Memorial Hall, Main Road, RD1, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • ECHO Walking Festival: $21.00 ($20.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Katchkatikati

Announcing the 8th annual ECHO Walking Festival; a series of guided walks around the Coromandel and Kaimai areas.

This year the festival boasts walks with a difference, both short and longer walks featuring unique experiences such as a children's story time in the bush, a breakfast walk with entertainment and a night time adventure through abandoned mines.

Transport yourself from the coastal Bay of Plenty to the Waikato plains and back again, journeying through a living museum of natural and human history. This day crossing of the Kaimai range from Katikati is a challenging walk offering spectacular views of the Bay of Plenty, Waikato plains and Killarney Lakes. A bus will return you to Katikati at the end of the walk.

The walk follows the Tuahu Track of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park and features a host of regenerating native rimu and kauri trees. Birdlife includes the fantail, North Island Robin, kereru (native pigeon), wax-eye or silver-eye, tui and tomtit.

Starting at the Katikati War Memorial Hall, a bus will take us to the track start. The graded tracks climbs steadily towards Te Rereatukahia Stream (wet feet unavoidable) before sidling in and out of gullies towards the summit, offering great views over the Bay of Plenty. Past the summit the track descends around the steep western escarpment of the Kaimai Range offering many views over the Waikato. The track takes us down the Waihou Valley Pine Forest and out onto Wairakau Road, Te Aroha where our bus will be waiting.

Good fitness required, the track is well benched and graded but does have some steep, rough sections. Tramping / hiking boots recommended. Your guides are Keith and Madeleine Pyle.