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Beside Not Below The Belt

Posted by Gold FM on 16/04/2012

The Echo Walking Festival is on throughout April and Waihi had a few surprises in store for participants this year.

Walkers head up Union Hill beside the conveyor belt. Photos: Kit Wilson - Newmont Waihi Gold.

Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans is a series of walks from the Kaimais to Coromandel developed by town promotion co-ordinators including Go Waihi and Waihi Sport N Action.

Supported by D0C, Sport Waikato and District Councils, the walks are proving very popular and the 'Conveyor Belt Boogie' is only available to the public during the festival. The walk takes people up, under and through to travel the 2.7 km route along the conveyor belt via Union Hill to see unique views of the processing plant on Baxter Road, Waihi.

Go Waihi co-ordinator Brian Gentil said as soon as the Conveyor Belt Boogie walk was publicised this year it was fully booked so they added two more walks, which were also fully booked.

105 people of all ages were guided on the walk by Newmont Waihi Gold staff and treated to an insight into the workings of an operating gold mine.

'Conveyor Belt Boogiers' travel through a tunnel beside the conveyor belt.