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.
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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.
NZ Maori Golf National - 7-11 January 2019
Held over five days, the playing format and more information can be read on the NZMGA website. Registration opens at 8am on Sunday 6 January.
Epic Swim - 12-13 January 2019
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 - 26 January 2019
Another stellar line-up of artists will headline at the Taupo Summer Concert during the long (anniversary) weekend in 2019. Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), the inimitable James Reyne (Australian Crawl) with Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors) and the unmistakable voice of Toni Childs will sound out over the amphitheatre and river. Soak up the atmosphere, get your tickets and most importantly - don't forget to book your Taupo accommodation. At the moment Riverside One is still available - and it's the flagship, so reserve three bedroom apartment while it's still available. Please remember that we ask for a five-night booking period as this falls over the summer holiday period. Grab some friends, stay five nights and have a fantastic time - even if you're not staying for the concert it's a remarkable time to be in Taupo. For more information about the 2019 Taupo Summer Concert check the Greenstone Entertainment site.
Thunder on the Lake - 26-27 January 2019
Incredible off-shore power boating creating a truly amazing spectacle. Get out on the water or check out the action from Lake Terrace.
Kinloch Triathlon - 10 Febrary 2019
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 Sunday in February each year.
Great Lake Relay - 16 February 2019
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 March of each year.
Taupo Ironman New Zealand - 2 March 2019
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. 2019 celebrates its 35th 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 - 5 April 2019
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.
Hooked - 19-27 April 2019
The inaugral event of 'Hooked' is coming to Taupo in April 2019. Fish for the "million dollar trout" by catching one of 100 tagged trout, grab a selfie with it, take the tag and play for the chance to win the cool one mill at the Festival. Don't forget to get your fishing licence of course - the Hooked on Fishing event runs Friday-to-Friday, 19th to 26th of April.
Lake to Plate will be held simultaneously, investigating a number of different ways to enjoy this wonderful fish at your table. Local restaurants and chefs will host boutique cooking demonstrations giving you a raft of ideas of how to prepare your freshly-bagged trout.
Let's Celebrate will be held on Saturday 27 April from 11am-6pm. Live bands, wild food and local specialties will be on hand, with lots of prizes and give aways.
Get your tickets from Hooked.
Tauhara Trail Run and Walk - dates TBC
The Hoka One One Tauhara Trail Run and Walk will be replaced by a similar event. Standby for more information.
Taupo Hoka One One Marathon - 3 August 2019
The Hoka One One Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2019 in its 26th 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 Saturday in August each year. For more information check out the website.
Taupo Ultra Marathon - 12 October 2019
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.
Hoka One One Kinloch Offroad Challenge - 7 November 2019
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 each year.
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 30 November 2019
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 - 7 December 2019
1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run. If only it was as easy as booking your stay.
Future Championz Triathlon - dates TBC
A festival of Triathlon events centered around Taupo. Over three days, events held at Acacia Bay, Lake Terrace, the Yacht Club and Wharewaka. More information available at the future champioNZ website.
More events and information
Please visit www.GreatLakeTaupo.com/Events for the full list of events in the Great Lake Taupo region.