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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.

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

NZ Maori Golf National - 3-7 January 2022

Held over five days, the playing format and more information can be read on the NZMGA website. An historic event, the NZMG National Tourament is contested for the 85th time in 2022.

NZ Open Water Swimming Champs - 15-16 January 2022

Held in conjuction with the 'Epic Swim' event, New Zealand's finest and aspiring distance swimmers meet every year in the fresh-water playground of Lake Taupo for the Open Water Swimming Championships. Grab four of your swimming friends and book our apartment - they both sleep up to six and our location is perfect, walking distance from the lakefront.

Taupo Summer Concert - 29 January 2022 12 March 2022

2022 will see another brilliant line-up of artists and bands performing live at the Taupo Domain. One of the hottest dates on Taupo's event calendar means our apartments normally book out a year in advance. Greenstone Entertainment will let us know the final line-up in the first few months of the year, so get ready to soak up the atmosphere, get your tickets and most importantly - don't forget to book your Taupo accommodation. For more information about the 2022 Taupo Summer Concert check the Greenstone Entertainment site.

Hydro Thunder on the Lake - 29-30 January 2022

Incredible off-shore power boating creating a truly amazing spectacle. Get out on the water or check out the action from Lake Terrace or visit the Hydro Thunder website for more details.

Kinloch Triathlon - 12-13 Febrary 2022

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 Kinloch Triathlon website. The Kinloch Tri event normally falls on the second week in February each year.

Taupo Home and Garden Show - 1-3 April 2022

The Taupo Home and Garden Show returns to the Great Lake 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.

Taupo Marathon - 6 August 2022

The Taupo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2022 in its 29th year, 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 weekend that spans into August each year, it occasionally varies from the Saturday to the Sunday. For more information check out the website.

Kinloch Offroad Challenge - 10 September 2022

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 or second Saturday in September.

NZ Junior Rugby Festival - 15-18 September 2022 (to be confirmed)

Registration and weigh-in on the Thursday, games at Owen Delany Park in Taupo from Friday through to Sunday followed by the prize giving on Sunday afternoon. Typically there are more than 100 teams at this fantastic grass-roots rugby event even some from overseas. Grades from Under 9s (39kg) to Under 13s (73kg). More information on the Junior Rugby Website.

Great Lake Relay - 19 March 2022 8 October 2022

This event has been rescheduled to 8 October 2022. The Great Lake Relay is regarded as the best team-building exercise of all time. Expecting around 2,500 participants run and walk the 100 km long course (5-10 team members) or the shorter 50km short course (2-5 team members). Book early to reserve Riverside Apartment for your team. This event is normally held on the third Saturday in February of each year, occasionally held on the second Saturday of Febrary - but has been shifted to October due to Covid 19 this year.

Taupo Ultra Marathon - 15 October 2022

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. The Taupo Ultra Marathon is normally scheduled for the second Saturday of October.

McCartney Invitational - 14-16 October 2022

The Taupo AFC hosts the McCartney Invitational Soccer Tournament every year in the last weekend of the October school holidays. If you are looking for accommodation for this three-day event, Riverside Apartment is the ideal place to stay as we can host up to six people in our three bedroom apartment. Remember our beautiful accommodation has double-car garaging, free kayaks and onsite swimming pool (heated for the October school holidays) for the kids when they are not playing. More on the McCartney Invitational website.

Graffiato Street Art Festival - 21-24 October 2022 (to be confirmed)

New Zealand's best and longest running street art festival takes place in Taupo every Labour Weekend. In 2022 it will be in its 12th year and brings an ever-increasing number of street murals into this vibrant town. Wander the streets and be surprised by the talented individuals that put their works on public display - even when the festival is not under way. Well-known artists such as Chimp, Erin Forsyth, Haser, SWiFTMANTiS and Ahsin Ahsin have produced works, some easier to find than others! Check out the Taupo Street Art walking map and discover some amazing art works in this beautiful lakefront town.

BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 26 November 2022

New Zealand's largest bike event sees up to 10,000 riders from all around the world coming to take part over year for the Big Day Out. Rated as one of the six best recreational events in the world, the 2022 event will be the 44th year... read more about it. Remember that our secure double garage is perfect for storing your valuable bikes as well as your support wagon! The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has recently changed dates, so check their website for actual dates, it has moved from a Sunday to a Saturday in recent years.

Taupo Ironman New Zealand - 5 March 2022 10 December 2022

Established in 1999 the Taupo New Zealand Ironman event is considered the world's most international with approximately half of the competitors coming from outside of NZ. 2022 celebrates its 38th year. 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 but due to Covid disruptions this has been rescheduled to co-incide with the IronMan 70.3 event.

Taupo IronMan 70.3 - 10 December 2022

The iconic 70.3 event takes place just a few hundred metres from Riverside Apartment, commencing with the 1.9km swim course off Lake Terrace. The 90km bike ride is a two lap out-and-back along Broadlands Road followed by the scenic three-lap course along the lakefront of Great Lake Taupo. More information on the IronMan 70.3 Taupo website.

IronMan 70.3 World Championship (2020) - moved to 14 and 15 Dec 2024

A major coup for Taupo, it won the rights to hold the 2020 World 70.3 Championship. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 this has been postponed until the end of 2024. Events don't get much bigger than this and we're already booked, however, cancellations can happen so contact us to register your interest and we can put you on our wait-list. Minimum stay requirements apply.

More events and information

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

NZ Maori Golf National - TBC January 2023

Held over five days, the playing format and more information can be read on the NZMGA website. An historic event, the NZMG National Tourament is contested for the 86th time in 2023.

NZ Open Water Swimming Champs - TBC January 2023

Held in conjuction with the 'Epic Swim' event, New Zealand's finest and aspiring distance swimmers meet every year in the fresh-water playground of Lake Taupo for the Open Water Swimming Championships. Grab four of your swimming friends and book our apartment - they both sleep up to six and our location is perfect, walking distance from the lakefront.

Taupo Summer Concert - TBC January 2023

2023 will see another brilliant line-up of artists and bands performing live at the Taupo Domain. One of the hottest dates on Taupo's event calendar means our apartments normally book out a year in advance. Greenstone Entertainment will let us know the final line-up in the first few months of the year, so get ready to soak up the atmosphere, get your tickets and most importantly - don't forget to book your Taupo accommodation. For more information about the 2023 Taupo Summer Concert check the Greenstone Entertainment site.

Hydro Thunder on the Lake - TBC January 2023

Incredible off-shore power boating creating a truly amazing spectacle. Get out on the water or check out the action from Lake Terrace or visit the Hydro Thunder website for more details.

Kinloch Triathlon - TBC Febrary 2023

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 Kinloch Triathlon website. The Kinloch Tri event normally falls on the second week in February each year.

Great Lake Relay - TBC February 2023

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. This event is normally held on the third Saturday in February of each year, occasionally held on the second Saturday of Febrary.

Taupo Ironman New Zealand - 4 March 2023

Established in 1999 the Taupo New Zealand Ironman event is considered the world's most international with approximately half of the competitors coming from outside of NZ. 2021 celebrates its 37th year. 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.

Taupo Home and Garden Show - TBC April 2023

The Taupo Home and Garden Show returns to the Great Lake 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.

Taupo Marathon - TBC August 2023

The Taupo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2023 in its 30th year, 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 weekend that spans into August each year, it occasionally varies from the Saturday to the Sunday. For more information check out the website.

Kinloch Offroad Challenge - TBC September 2023

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 or second Saturday in September.

NZ Junior Rugby Festival - TBC September 2023 (to be confirmed)

Registration and weigh-in on the Thursday, games at Owen Delany Park in Taupo from Friday through to Sunday followed by the prize giving on Sunday afternoon. Typically there are more than 100 teams at this fantastic grass-roots rugby event even some from overseas. Grades from Under 9s (39kg) to Under 13s (73kg). More information on the Junior Rugby Website.

Taupo Ultra Marathon - TBC October 2023

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. The Taupo Ultra Marathon is normally scheduled for the second Saturday of October.

McCartney Invitational - TBC October 2023

The Taupo AFC hosts the McCartney Invitational Soccer Tournament every year in the last weekend of the October school holidays. If you are looking for accommodation for this event, Riverside Apartment is the ideal place to stay as we can host up to twelve people across both apartments, each with double-car garaging, free kayaks and onsite swimming pool (heated for the October school holidays) for the kids when they are not playing. More on the McCartney Invitational (Taupo AFC) Facebook page.

Graffiato Street Art Festival - TBC October 2023

New Zealand's best and longest running street art festival takes place in Taupo every Labour Weekend. In 2023 it will be in its 13th year and brings an ever-increasing number of street murals into this vibrant town. Wander the streets and be surprised by the talented individuals that put their works on public display - even when the festival is not under way. Well-known artists such as Chimp, Erin Forsyth, Haser, SWiFTMANTiS and Ahsin Ahsin have produced works, some easier to find than others! Check out the Taupo Street Art walking map and discover some amazing art works in this beautiful lakefront town.

BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - TBC November 2023

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, the 2023 event will be the 46th year... read more about it. Remember that our secure double garage is perfect for storing your valuable bikes as well as your support wagon! The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has recently changed dates, so check their website for actual dates, it has moved from a Sunday to a Saturday in recent years.

IronMan 70.3 World Championship - moved to 14 and 15 Dec 2024

A major coup for Taupo, it won the rights to hold the 2020 World 70.3 Championship. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 this has been postponed until the end of 2024. Events don't get much bigger than this and we're already booked, however, cancellations can happen so contact us to register your interest and we can put you on our wait-list. Minimum stay requirements apply.

More events and information

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