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Taupo, Ironman NZ

The Kiwivelo training base in Taupo has been setup to cater specifically for athletes to train and prepare for the Ironman NZ.

The Kiwivelo Taupo base is open from February until the end of March and both the Basic Package and School Package are available.

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About Taupo

Taupo has been popular destination for tourists and athletes even before the Ironman NZ shifted here in 1999.

The township of Taupo sits right on the shore of Lake Taupo, NZ's biggest lake which was created by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago.

Taupo is home to only 20,000 people but is a busy tourist destination famous for its outdoor attractions including trout fishing, hiking in the National Park and geothermal areas, bungy jumping, jet boat rides and of course skiing in the winter time.

Taupo Weather Fact Box

Av Max Temp23232118141211121417192117
Av Min Temp12121075323578107
Av Sunshine Hours227200176157129991201291401831942111965
Av Rainy Days8688911111211111010116
Source www.niwa.cri.nz

How To Get Here

new zealand map, taupo Taupo is right in the middle of the North Island. Several daily flights connect Taupo with other main centres.

Flying time from Auckland is 45 minutes and from Wellington is 60 minutes. By car Taupo is 4 hours from Auckland, and 50 minutes from Rotorua. Bus companies also connect Taupo with other centres in the North Island.

Return flights from Europe start at NZD 2,200 (including the transfer to Taupo). We are happy to help you with travel arrangements, we can even make the booking for you and mail you the tickets

Ironman NZ

Each year in early March Taupo goes Ironman crazy.

1300 athletes, their supporters and fans and the media travel to Taupo for a weekend of swimming, cycling and running and partying. Usually more than half of the competitors come from overseas.

One of the reasons so many overseas competitors come to the Ironman NZ is because you don't have to qualify to start, and there are 70 Kona slots available.

The other reason so many people come from overseas is the course. The swim is an out and back course in Lake Taupo, the 180k bike is a two lap course, gently undulating through spectacular scenery, and the run also a two lap course is fast and flat.

Full course details/maps.

Package Details

The packages offered in Taupo are the same as in Nelson except for the following points.

Kiwivelo Car

Depending on numbers, there probably won't be a car provided in Taupo.

Weekend Trips

There will still be trips organised for riders at the Taupo base but not as often and the timetable will be different to that published for Nelson

More Info

The following links will give you more information on Taupo and the Ironman NZ.

Lake Taupo, NZ
The web site of the Taupo tourism office has a great overview of Taupo and the surrounding region and attractions.


Ironman, NZ
The Ironman New Zealand web site, with full info about the Ironman race, and registration.


100 percent pure New Zealand
The official web site for Tourism New Zealand.
Has information about travel, activities and attractions in NZ


New Zealand Immigration Service
The official web site of the New Zealand Immigration Service.
Has information for travelers coming to New Zealand including important information on Visitors Visas and Permits.