With it's epic scenery, manaakitanga (warm hospitality), pre and post event experience and incredible network of more than 2000 volunteers it's not hard to see why the Taupo IRONMAN is considered one of the world's best. In fact, the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand was voted the world's best in 2017.
For athlete's families, Taupo is the ultimate IRONMAN supporters holiday destination, with plenty of family-friendly things to do, activities for every age and level of adventurousness, excellent accommodation and places to eat.
Easily reached by a short 45-minute flight from Auckland or Wellington, or an easy drive from the North Island's six largest cities, Taupo's towns, peaceful lakeside and riverside villages offer accommodation options that include boutique and luxury lodges, lakeside hotels and motels, apartments, backpackers, camping and holiday parks, unique bed and breakfast properties and Airbnb options.
At the centre of our region is the sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand. Travelling around the lake reveals every kind of landscape you can imagine - snow-blanketed ski fields and alpine deserts including the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park, ancient forests alive with birdsong and criss-crossed with magical walk and bike trails, trout-filled rivers offering magnificent fly-fishing, steaming geothermal valleys with natural and rejuvenating hot pools and the thundering Huka Falls.
Taupo town has a cosmopolitan town centre full of cafes, restaurants and bars serving great food, excellent coffee, locally brewed craft beer and wine, and organic and free-range local produce. The streets are lined with boutique shops, galleries and art sculptures. Families enjoy the many public spaces and children's playgrounds.