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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.

Epic Swim - 11 and 12 January 2020

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. 2020 also sees the return of the 4 x 1km team relay event - 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 - 25 January 2020

Another stellar line-up of artists will headline at the Taupo Summer Concert during the long (anniversary) weekend in 2020. 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 2019 Taupo Summer Concert check the Greenstone Entertainment site.

Kinloch Triathlon - Febrary 2020

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 - 15 February 2020

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.

Taupo Ironman New Zealand - 7 March 2020

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 - 3-5 April 2020

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 Hoka One One Marathon - 2 August 2020

The Hoka One One Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2020 in its 27th 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 Sunday in August each year. For more information check out the website.

Hoka One One Kinloch Challenge - 6 September 2020

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 - 10 October 2020

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.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 14 November 2020

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, though in 2020 it will be held on 14 November to de-conflict with the IronMan 70.3 World Championship.

2020 IronMan 70.3 World Championship - Postponed

A major coup for Taupo, it has won the rights to hold the 2020 World 70.3 Championship. Events don't get much bigger than this, so get in early to book your stay. 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 - 3-8 January 2021 (to be confirmed)

Held over five days, the playing format and more information can be read on the NZMGA website.

Epic Swim - 9-10 January 2021

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 of 100m for the little ones (ages 5-10) the distances increase to the truly epic 17.5km course.

Taupo Summer Concert - 30 January 2021

Another stellar line-up of artists will headline at the Taupo Summer Concert during the long (anniversary) weekend in 2021. Artists are yet to be annouced.. Soak up the atmosphere, get your tickets and most importantly - don't forget to book your Taupo accommodation. At the moment Riverside Two is still free - so request the two 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 2021 Taupo Summer Concert check the Greenstone Entertainment site.

Thunder on the Lake - 23-24 January 2021 (to be confirmed)

Incredible off-shore power boating creating a truly amazing spectacle. Get out on the water or check out the action from Lake Terrace.

Great Lake Relay - 13 February 2021

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.

Kinloch Triathlon - 14 February 2021

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.

Taupo Ironman / IronMan 70.3 New Zealand - 6 March 2021

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 - 2-4 April 2021 (to be confirmed)

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 Hoka One One Marathon - 1 August 2021 (to be confirmed)

The Hoka One One Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km event continues in 2021 in its 28th 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 Sunday in August each year. For more information check out the website.

Hoka One One Kinloch Offroad Challenge - 5 September 2021 (to be confirmed)

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.

Taupo Ultra Marathon - 9 October 2021 (to be confirmed)

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.

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 28 November 2021 (to be confirmed)

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. 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.

More events and information

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