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.
Epic Swim - 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.
Taupo Summer Concert - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
Hoka ONE ONE Steamy Huka - dates TBC
The Hoka One One Tauhara Trail Run and Walk has been replaced by a new event, the Steamy Huka which includes marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km run/walk distances. More information is available on the Steamy Huka website.
Taupo Hoka One One Marathon - dates TBC
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 Saturday in August each year. For more information check out the website.
Hoka One One Kinloch Challenge - dates TBC
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 - dates TBC
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 - dates TBC
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 the proposed dates are either 14 November or 6 December to de-conflict with the IronMan 70.3 World Championship.
2020 IronMan 70.3 World Championship - 28-29 Nov 2020
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.
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.