Great Lake Taupo Endurance Sports Events

You’re in the last 3k’s of the event. Your lungs are burning, your legs are aching and your mind needs to focus. You glance up and catch sight of the incredible mountain panorama across the waters of Lake Taupo. You are drawn in by the vista before you, it takes your mind away from the pain and before you know it you’ve powered your way to the finish line.

This could be you, participating in the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand, Taupo Half Marathon or any one of the multitude of endurance sports events that have emerged in Taupo. Let’s face it, there are endurance sports events, and then there are endurance sports events held in the beautiful Lake Taupo region. Any athlete, amateur or pro, will agree that there’s something special and exceptionally motivating about competing in such a pristine environment.

Kelloggs Nutri-Grain IRONMAN


Let’s start with the water. Clean, clear and fresh. There’s nothing in Lake Taupo for swimmers to contend with. You can see right to the bottom most of the time and the scariest thing you’re likely to encounter is a rainbow trout gliding through the water. If your event involves cycling or running, you’ll find the roads and footpaths well maintained. And then there’s the clean, fresh sub-alpine air you’ll be breathing in. At 360m above sea level, Lake Taupo sports events are at an ideal altitude for endurance. It’s not so high that oxygen intake is affected, but it’s high enough that the air is crisp and clean and the humidity is low.

If you’re not a participant but love to watch endurance sports events, you’ll find that events in Taupo are some of the best for spectators. Many of the endurance sports events finish right in town and different stages of these events can be viewed from the lakefront and environs. Taupo’s towncentre and Taupo club is perfectly set up to cater for spectators with magnificent views, coffee, food, playgrounds and toilets all within walking distance of event courses and finish lines. 

Taupo Oxfam Trailwalker


Other popular endurance Taupo sports events nclude the 4.2km Across the Lake Swim (February), the Contact Tri Series Kinloch (February), The Taniwha mountain biking, trail running and walking event on the Waikato River Trails (November), the Acerbis 4 Hour Endurance Motorcycle Race (October) and the Oxfam Trailwalker (April). 

Whatever your sport of choice, Taupo is the place to be for competing in world class events.