2021 IRONMAN New Zealand
IRONMAN New Zealand is the oldest IRONMAN race outside of Kona, and a race you don’t want to miss. It is extremely well organized and has become a favorite for athletes from around the world.
The event takes place in Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand. Taupo is a world-famous destination resort area known for its incredible natural beauty, friendly people, and diverse activities for people of all ages and interests. The town goes all out to welcome athletes and families.
Along with the many options for activities in the local area, the North and South Islands of New Zealand offer an endless range of ecosystems and scenery. You find black and white sand beaches, great surfing spots, ancient forests with some of the oldest trees in the world, rainforests, lush green pastures, large modern cities, small rural towns, snow-capped volcanos, natural hot springs, mud pools, glaciers and fiords, crystal clear lakes and rivers with great fishing.
IRONMAN 70.3 New Zealand will take place on the same day if you are interested in a shorter distance race.
Travel Package Includes
Daily Local Transportation
Professional Bike Mechanic
Dinner on Race Night
Transport to All Race Functions
Guided Course Tour
Daily Swim Training on the Course
Daily Bike Ride on the Course
2 CO2 Cartridges for Race Day
EST Host/Hostess to Assist You
EST Race Day Hospitality Area
Organization of Local Day Trips
Bike Assemble & Bike Pack
Included in the package is the service of a professional mechanic. The mechanic will tighten everything and make all necessary adjustments to the gears/brakes. If you prefer to just hand your bike case to our mechanic upon arrival, he will unpack and completely assemble your bike. After the race, he will disassemble and pack your bike for your departure.
Optional Round Trip Auckland Transportation
Price: $175 per person, $40 per bike
Included in the package are all of your local transfers as well as the transfers from and to Taupo airport. We do offer an optional round trip transfer from Auckland airport (AKL). It is best to fly into Auckland and utilize our transfer service to and from Taupo. Flights into Taupo (TUO) usually will not accept bike boxes. If you are shipping your bike to the race, then you could fly into Taupo.
IRONMAN New Zealand ACCOMMODATIONS
Tui Oaks Motor Inn
+ Single - $180 per night
+ Double - $120 per person per night
Lake View Studio
+ Single - $190 per night
+ Double - $130 per person per night
One Bedroom with Kitchen
+ Single - $215 per night
+ Double - $150 per person per night
+ Triple - $130 per person per night
+ Quad - $115 per person per night
One Bedroom Lake view with Kitchen
+ Single - $230 per night
+ Double - $155 per person per night
+ Triple - $135 per person per night
+ Quad - $120 per person per night
+ 0-5 Years Old = FREE
+ 6-13 Years Old = $30 per child per night
> All prices are in U.S. Dollars
> All prices include our services
> All prices include taxes
Endurance Sports Travel
Phone: +1 (484) 716-9216
Reservations Details / Trip Policy
+ We require a $500 deposit. This deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
+ Reservations can be changed up to 60 days prior to race day.
+ We require your final travel details 70-80 days prior to your trip.
+ We require your final payment the latest 60 days prior to your trip.
+ We offer payment plans if you are interested.
+ We offer no refunds after the final payment.
We suggest you get travel insurance that covers your expenses in case the race gets canceled or you can’t travel because of unforeseen circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about our travel package or this trip, see our trip specific FAQ page.
Additional Trip Details
Ken's take on this race
If you are flying from North or South America, you will most likely have an overnight flight, plus you will cross the international dateline, so even with a direct flight, you will arrive two days after you leave. For example, if you leave Los Angeles on Saturday evening, you will arrive in Auckland on Monday morning. Fortunately, you have time travel on your side 😊 when returning home and can arrive home before you left!! For example, if you leave Auckland on Saturday evening, you will arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday morning, 12 hours before you left! I suggest arriving in New Zealand on Monday or Tuesday to allow yourself time to adjust after the flight, get some easy rides and runs in on the course, and some amazing open water swims in crystal clear Lake Taupo. You can also enjoy some of the great food and day trips in Taupo. Remember, IRONMAN NZ is on Saturday.
Flying into Auckland and traveling to Taupo by car/van is best as the flights from Auckland to Taupo are on very small planes, and chances are your bike will not go on the flight with you. We provide an optional Auckland/Taupo/Auckland transfer so you can relax and enjoy the scenery after your long flight.
If you decide to rent a car and drive to Taupo or drive around New Zealand before or after the race, please be very careful as it is left-side driving, and the roads outside the main cities are small rural roads, but they have many trucks from the diary and logging industries.
Things to consider when training for IRONMAN New Zealand:
Swim: The swim will take place in crystal clear Lake Taupo, and it will be a wetsuit legal swim with water temperatures normally in the 63F (17C) to 70 (21C) range depending on how warm the summer has been. The swim is one lap with the buoys on your right. If there is little wind or the wind is from the north, the lake can be as smooth as a swimming pool. If the wind is strong and from the south, it can be a choppy swim with the chop hitting you on the right on the way down and the left on your way back, so it would be good to practice breathing to both sides so you can adjust. You will have a 400-meter run plus some stairs to climb to get into the transition.
Bike: The bike course can be fast or slow depending on the amount and the direction of the wind on race day.
It is two 90km laps for the full IRONMAN. The road surface has almost no potholes, but it is predominately a chip seal that, in some areas, is worn in and smooth along with some newer sections that have a higher rolling resistance, so a bit lower tire pressure is usually a good thing. While there are some hills, there are also a lot of flat sections, so, while training, you will want to do a good combination of riding long sections in the aero position as well as doing some hill repeats for strength. I recommend bringing a dry shirt to put on after the swim, arm warmers, gloves and toe warmers as the first part of the bike can be cool if it was a cold night.
Run: The run course is mostly along the lake and undulating. It is three 14km laps for the IRONMAN.
It does tend to be a fast run because of the nice temperatures for running and constantly changing terrain naturally adjust your running stride throughout. The hills are mostly gradual up and down with any steeper hills being less than 200 meters long. The crowd support along the course is great. If you will be out on the course after dark, you will want to have a long sleeve shirt in your run special needs bag.
We have a great list of restaurants for you to pick from, including food from all over the world.
You can pick from local cafes to fine dining. There are many day trips that you can do right in Taupo or just on the edge of town, and we can help you decide what to do and, in many cases, provide the transport to them if they are not within walking distance. Here are a few of the many things athletes and family can do: visit Huka Falls and walk along the Waikato River, trout fishing and jet boat rides on the Waikato River, sailing, boat tours, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing and swimming in Lake Taupo, soak in natural hot springs, visit Lava Glass, DeBrets Spa Resort, Craters of the Moon, Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley or challenge yourself by hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Even though it is not a large country, you could easily spend a couple of months exploring all there is to see in New Zealand! Given how far you will have traveled to get to New Zealand, I suggest arriving 5 to 7 days before your race as there is so much to do locally. After the race, you should spend at least a week to explore things either on the North Island or South Island. If you want to see both the North and the South Island, you will need at least two weeks to do that properly, so most will need to pick either the North Island or the South Island. EST can take your bike to Auckland after the race and store it near the airport for you so you can explore without having the hassle of looking after your bike. Staying on the North Island makes it a lot easier as you will not need to fly and can just travel by car or on an organized tour, so you don’t have to drive on the left side!
Some of the things to see on the North Island:
Waitomo Caves (amazing caves with glow worms), Otorohanga Kiwi House (see and learn about the Kiwi bird), Rotorua (geothermal activity and world-famous mountain biking), North Island wineries, Hobbiton Movie Set, Coromandel Peninsula (hot water beach, Cathedral Cove and white sand beaches), Auckland – the City of Sails, Bay of Islands, Kauri Forest (some of the oldest and largest trees in the world), 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga (the top of New Zealand where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean), Hobbiton Movie Set, Taranaki (great surfing and Mt. Taranaki National Park)
Some of the things to see on the South Island:
Some of the best hikes in the world are on the South Island of New Zealand.
Christchurch – learn about the city’s history and the two recent devastating earthquakes and the city’s recovery, Christchurch is a great place to fly into if you want to explore Nelson Lake National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Greymouth and Arthur’s Pass.
Queenstown – a great town and the perfect place to fly into to explore Mount Cook National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound (a fiord surrounded by beautiful mountains and waterfalls, home to seals, dolphins and penguins).
We take care of all the Travel details so you can Focus on your Race.
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