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Here's the secret: The Taupō region isn't just a place to visit for the IRONMAN event. It's the ideal destination to extend your stay and transform your IRONMAN journey into a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Nau mai, Haere mai. Welcome to New Zealand's home of IRONMAN and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship - Taupō. Whether you are one of the 6500 elite athletes competing on the world stage, spectator, supporter or volunteer, we welcome you on your journey to Taupō, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Taupō will host the best professional and age group triathletes from around the globe over the weekend of December 14 & 15, 2024. This will be the first time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been held in Aotearoa. And there is no better place than the home of IRONMAN New Zealand and IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō, where the best of New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery is showcased, thanks to the pure Kiwi spirit.
You will feel like a local the minute you arrive.
With its 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 Taupō IRONMAN is considered one of the world's best. In fact, Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand was voted the world's best in 2017.
The race will feature a swim in one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, Lake Taupō, a bike course through Aotearoa’s renowned rural landscape and a run course that takes in views of the lakefront lined with spectator and local support.
Find out more about the IRONMAN race course, event schedule, and athlete and spectator information at the Official IRONMAN website.
When it comes to accommodation, the Taupō region has options to suit every preference. Whether you seek boutique and luxury lodges, cozy lakeside hotels, budget-friendly motels, spacious apartments, serene camping grounds, or unique bed and breakfast properties, the Taupō region has you covered.
At the heart of Taupō lies the glistening Lake Taupō, often referred to as the great inland sea of New Zealand. As you explore the region, you'll be treated to a diverse tapestry of landscapes and ways to immerse yourself in these stunning living landscapes.
From snow-blanketed ski fields to alpine deserts, including the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park, from ancient forests resonating with melodious birdsong to enchanting walk and bike trails, from trout-filled rivers perfect for fly-fishing to geothermal valleys boasting natural hot pools, and from the thundering Huka Falls to serene lakeside and riverside villages.
Beyond the IRONMAN competition, the Taupō region offers adventure, discovery, and wonder at every turn. Whether you're seeking an adrenaline rush or a tranquil escape, the Taupō region delivers. Dive into the waters of Lake Taupō, hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, cast your line into pristine rivers, or soak in natural hot pools – the possibilities are endless.
For athletes, health-conscious visitors, and the self-proclaimed foodies, the Taupō region offers a range of dining options. From seasonal salads to iron-rich Taupō beef and a fantastic selection of dietary-friendly eateries, you'll find nourishing choices to fuel your active lifestyle. Favourites include Cafe Baku, Kefi, Kefi at the Hub, The Cozy Corner, Storehouse, and Bodyfuel Cafe.
And when it's time for a well-deserved treat, the region's cafes, restaurants, and bars have an abundance of delightful options, from lakefront restaurants to fine dining experiences and everything in between!
Getting to Taupō is a breeze, making it an ideal destination for international visitors. You can hop on a short 45-minute flight from Auckland or Wellington or embark on a scenic drive from the North Island's six largest cities. No matter how you choose to arrive, Taupō welcomes you with open arms.
The Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings are one of Aotearoa's most extraordinary contemporary artworks. Towering 14-metres above Lake Taupō, they are only accessible by water. Check out our guide to the 5 best ways to visit this iconic New Zealand attraction.