ECHO Walk­ing Fes­ti­val

Walking New Zealand - - New Zealand Walks -

The re­cent warmer weather has cul­mi­nated in an in­flux of reg­is­tra­tions for walks on the 2017 ECHO Walk­ing Fes­ti­val programme start­ing April 1 and end­ing April 23.

The fes­ti­val cov­ers the re­gion from the tip of the Coro­man­del, down through the Kaimai’s and into the South Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

There is some­thing for ev­ery­one from be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced day tram­pers.

See wa­ter­falls, ar­bore­tums, na­tive forests, glow worms, his­toric sites, gold min­ing relics, tun­nels, moun­tains, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains and ev­ery­thing in be­tween!

Our 52 pro­grammed walks are free with the ex­cep­tion of as­so­ci­ated travel or din­ing costs.

For the very ad­ven­tur­ous of our par­tic­i­pants, per­haps you might like to try our four peak chal­lenge. This con­sists of Kaitarak­ihi, 852m (Kauaeranga For­est Park, Thames) on Sun­day April 2; Mt Karanga­hake, 544m (Paeroa) on Satur­day April 15; Mt Te Aroha, 953m on Sun­day April 16 and Maun­gatau­tari, 797m (Cam­bridge) on Sun­day April 23.

Choose one or take them all on and those who reach 3 of the 4 re­ceive an ECHO gift.

If you are look­ing to spend a few

days away from home on hol­i­day and would like to join our ex­cit­ing and fully guided walks, there are plenty of op­tions on of­fer.

You will need sus­te­nance and a good night or two’s sleep, so at the same time you can en­joy the myr­iad of ac­com­mo­da­tion and din­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

Some of our pro­grammed walks are near­ing ca­pac­ity so be in quickly to regis­ter.

See the full programme and regis­ter at www.echowalk­fest.org.nz

Photos on these two pages are from peo­ple who have en­tered over pre­vi­ous years.

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