IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo

Travel to IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo with Tri Travel, and receive a discounted race entry!

Start Date 7.12.19
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Race on the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship course

IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo is the best way to qualify for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, with 100 qualifying slots on offer! These championships will be held on the same course as IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo, so it is a great opportunity to not only qualify, but to also become familiar with the course ahead of the world championships.

Tri Travel are the Taupo experts, as we have been hosting tours to the area for 20 years. For this reason, we have the best event accommodation on offer to suit all budgets, and our local knowledge gives our athletes an advantage. So join us in Taupo on December 7, 2019 for your best chance at qualifying for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.


Race Entry, Travel, Accommodation

Tri Travel provide discount race entry packages, the closest event accommodation on the race course and comprehensive travel solutions for athletes, their supporters and race equipment. Tri Travel can arrange all the event logistics including:

  • Discounted Race Entry Packages
  • Closest event site accommodation
  • Travel/flights to event
  • Industry rate car hire
  • Discount travel insurance
  • Discount bike insurance

Beautiful Taupo

Taupo is situated four hours from New Zealand’s capital city of Auckland, on the North Island. It is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating. The vast waters of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera, drain into the Huka Falls, dramatic, crystal-blue cascades reachable by hiking and biking trails. Surrounding Taupo are hot springs like those filling the Craters of the Moon reserve.

Swim Course

1.9km swim in the clear, fresh waters of Lake Taupo. Water temperature is normally around 19 degrees Celsius (approximately 64 degrees Fahrenheit). A deep water start in a wave start format out front of the Taupo Yacht Club with the first leg of 825m swim parallel to the shore followed by a second leg of 50m then returning 825m to a buoy adjacent to the Yacht Club. The final section of 200m heads back to the Taupo Yacht Club exiting up the beach. From the beach, athletes have a 400m run along the Boat Harbour to the steps leading to transition.

Bike Course

90km bike course starts to the cheers of spectators before heading into the rolling farmland surrounding Taupo. The course is described as undulating with enough challenging sections to create a fair race. Please note – there is a change from previous years on the return back into Taupo.

Run Course

A three-lap run course that leads athletes through a picturesque 21.1km. Athletes will take in the flat lakefront scenery to the Napier-Taupo Road and return back to town.



Check In

Check In is the onsite process to officially register for the event and collect your race gear (this is in addition to your online registration).

Check In for all athletes in IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo will take place on Friday 6 December between 10am and 9pm at the Great Lake Centre, Tongariro Street.

It is compulsory for all athletes to Check In during these times.
Please consider these timings when making travel plans.

Please ensure you bring photo ID to Check In – i.e. Driver’s Licence, Passport etc.

If you do not complete the Check In process during these times you will not be able to race.
We ask that you do not bring your bike into Check In as this congests the area.

Wet-suit Cleaning

To protect the water quality of The Great Lake Taupō Region from invasive freshwater threats (such as didymo) the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board and the Department of Conservation require that you Check Clean Dry all your swimming equipment prior to entry into Lake Taupō.

A compulsory Wetsuit check is provided on the Northern Domain, Friday 6th December 10am – 9pm. Bring your wetsuit, talk to our friendly CCD staff & receive your pass to 70.3 registration. DOC advise that the system has changed and is not a compulsory dip, but still compulsory for your equipment to be checked.

Lindavia Intermedia (Lake Snow algae) is now confirmed in Lake Taupo. You must CCD your equipment before moving to any other lakes or rivers. A wash station will be provided post event or follow the instructions below.

Pre Race Training in Lake Taupo

If you have been swimming in any other freshwater (including the lower Waikato River) and wish to swim in Lake Taupo please make sure your equipment has been CCD’d before entry.  Follow the CCD instructions below.

Course Cut Off Times

The below cut off times are for all athletes across the race. Should an athlete be unable to reach one of these cut off times, they will no longer be able to continue racing. Race results will be classified as a Did Not Finish (DNF). Event Personnel will assist in transporting the athlete back to the event precinct via Recovery Vehicles. The below information outlines each leg’s cut off policy in further detail.


• 8.10am –  Swim course closed (all athletes must have completed the 1.9km Swim course)


The following intermediate cut off points will apply:

• 8.10am – Swim course closed
• 10.07am – 46km, 1st lap turnaround Reporoa Turn (athletes must have past the turnaround point and have started their return leg into Taupo)
• 10.43am – 60km, Tirti Road (athletes must be past the bottle drop)
• 11.19am – 74km, Wairakei Estate (athletes must be past this point)
• 12pm – 90km, Run Exit (athletes must have completed the bike leg)


The following intermediate cut off points will apply:

• 12pm –  Run Exit (athletes must have completed the bike leg)
• 1.26pm – Lap 2, Far Run Turn (Opposite Napier/Tpo ) 10.5km
• 1.56pm – Start of Lap 3: ( By Transition, North Domain) 14km
• 2.25pm – Lap 3, Far Run turn (Opposite Napier /Tpo) 17.5km
• 3 pm – 21.1km, Run Finish (athletes must have completed the run course)

In addition to the above cut off times, athletes may be cut off at any time based on the Race Directors discretion and judgement. Reasons for this may include, but are not limited to; medical, contingency, logistical and or race rule violations. In the situation of one or more legs (swim, bike, run) being modified under contingency scenario’s the Race Director also reserves the right to announce new cut off times.


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