Dame Susan Devoy Ties Up Golden Laces

Posted by Gold FM on 11/04/2012

Over thirty walks are on offer during the ECHO Walking Festival this month.

Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans is a series of walks from the Kaimais to Coromandel designed by local town promoters, Go Waihi, Katch Katikati, Positive Paeroa as well as Waihi Sport n Action, DoC and Sport Waikato.

Matamata Piako District Council, Hauraki District Council and the Thames Coromandel District Council support the event as well.

Yesterday morning the Echo Walking Festival was officially opened by Dame Susan Devoy who tied up a pair of golden shoelaces to mark the occasion.

The first walk was held at Otanewainuku in the Bay of Plenty with an "un-nature" trail for kids, hunting for things such as combs, pumpkins and coat hangars hidden in the stunning Otanewainuku Forest bush.

A group of 40 kids and adults joined Dame Susan Devoy and representatives from Sport Waikato and the Department of Conservation for the family friendly walk with a difference.

Waihi has some interesting walks on offer with a 'Moon Walk' up Union Hill and a 'Conveyor Belt Boogie' walk. Both of these walks take place around mine workings from the past and the present.They've proved to be very popular because they're not usually available to the public. Newmont Waihi Gold was persuaded to allow the trips through their land and their staff will be guiding the walkers for unique views of historic mining sites.

This Friday families will be able to take a 'Train and Trek' by hopping aboard the Waihi Express Goldfields Railway train for a trip, with a walk to the Owharoa Falls, before returning to Waihi aboard the train.

There is a walk to suit every age and ability so if you're interested in getting involved and seeing some of the fantastic scenery our region has to offer, visit www.echowalkfest.org.nz

And if you're a Waihi local you can follow the link from the Go Waihi website www.waihi.org.nz or contact Brian at info@waihi.org.nz or phone 07 863 3030.

You can also follow the links through the events section of this website.