Taupo Ironman - one of the world's premier Ironman events
Taupo Summer Concert in the domain
Taupo Cycle Challenge

Events and what's on in Taupo

Saturday market in the domain

Remember that every Saturday from 10am to 1pm the Taupo Riverside Market is open, directly across the Waikato river from the apartment. Crafts, locally produced foods and preserves, great coffee and juices are just a few of the things that will tempt your tastebuds. It's also a great place to find a souvenir of your trip to Taupo.

2017 events

Please remember to book your Taupo accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Many of these events listed are extremely popular and you need to be in quick to book our sought-after apartment on the river.

Epic Swim - 14, 15 January 2017

New Zealand's finest and aspiring distance swimmers meet every year in the fresh-water playground of Lake Taupo for the Epic Swim. Starting with the short courses for the little ones (ages 5-10) the distances increase to the truly epic 17.5km course.

Taupo Summer Concert - 28 January 2017

The dates have been announced for the 2017 Greenstone Entertainment Summer Concert. Artists this year are Icehouse, Bonnie Tyler and the Alan Parsons Project. Rock on.

Sovereign Tri Series - 12 February 2017

For beginners to competitors, the Sovereign Tri Series is one of the biggest festivals of triathlon in New Zealand. In the height of summer, Kinloch hosts this great event with short-course 300m / 9km / 3km (swim / bike / run) races for individuals or teams up to the standard triathlon distances of 1500m / 40km / 10km for the teams or individual triathletes.

Check it out at the Sovereign Tri Series (Kinloch) website. The Kinloch Tri event normally falls on the second Sunday in February each year.

New Balance Great Lake Relay - 18 February 2017

The Great Lake Relay is regarded as the best team-building exercise of all time. Every year around 4,500 participants run and walk the 155 km course around Lake Taupo in teams of 10 to 18. The addition of the Nature Valley Length caters for teams of five to eight members and covers the 67.5 km from Pukawa on the south-western shore to Taupo township. Solo runners / walkers cover the same distance. Book early to reserve Riverside Apartment for your team - we sleep up to 8 adults. This event is normally held on the third Saturday in March of each year.

Taupo Ironman New Zealand - 4 March 2017

Established in 1999 the New Zealand Ironman event is considered the world's most international with approximately half of the competitors coming from outside of NZ. Perhaps we are biased but we think it is also the most beautiful course of any Ironman too. Riverside Apartment is an ideal base for the Ironman as it has plenty of bedding for the athletes and their support teams and lots of space downstairs (double secure garage) for the bikes and equipment! Book early for Taupo's premiere sporting event - traditionally held on the first Saturday in March each year.

Rotorua to Taupo 100km Flyer - 25 March 2017

Riding the panoramic 100km distance between the two tourist hotspots of Taupo and Rotorua, the Flyer is an annual event that alternates the start and finish line - although in 2017 it remains Rotorua to Taupo due to roadworks! Get on your bike solo, or in teams of two or three and relax at Riverside Apartment after the race with a well-earned beer or wine while soothing those aching muscles. Remember that our secure double garage is perfect for storing your valuable bikes as well as your support wagon!

Taupo Home and Garden Show - 31 March - 2 April 2017

The Taupo Home and Garden Show returns to the Great Lake Convention Centre. Gather some great ideas and information to transform your house or garden. New innovations, seminars, expert advice, latest trends and products will be available under one roof from the many exhibitors.

Tauhara Trail Run and Walk - 2 July 2017

The Hoka One One Tauhara Trail Run and Walk again will include event options of 5km, 10km and half marathon (21km). The trail is over mixed terrain of farmland and follows the north and east sides of picturesque Mount Tauhara. For more info check out the Tauhara Trail Run website.

Taupo Hoka One One Marathon - 5 August 2017

The Hoka One One Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2016 taking in amazing scenery as thousands of runners pound the pavement in this key event in Taupo. Book now. This event is normally held on the first Saturday in August each year. For more information check out the website.

Hoka One One Kinloch Challenge - 2 September 2017

Off-road running at its best - from 5km to the full off-road marathon - choose your level of pain then ease back and relax once you've booked Riverside Apartment for your stay. More information at their website. This event is normally held on the first Saturday in September.

Taupo Ultra Marathon - 14 October 2017

Run the Great Lake Trail solo or as part of a group in this endurance event that has distance options of 24, 50, 74 and 100km. Book Riverside Apartment for your stay - there's room for the whole team (and supporters). More information at the Taupo Ultra Marathon website.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 25 November 2017

New Zealand's largest bike event sees up to 10,000 riders from all around the world coming to take part over year. Rated as one of the six best recreational events in the world - read more about it. Don't forget the warm-up event - the action-packed Criterium street race around the town. Remember that our secure double garage is perfect for storing your valuable bikes as well as your support wagon! The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is held every year on the last Sunday in November.

Taupo Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) New Zealand - 9 December 2017

1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run. If only it was as easy as booking your stay.

More events and information

Please visit www.GreatLakeTaupo.com/Events for the full list of events in the Great Lake Taupo region.