Nutri-Grain Ironman – Taupo, New Zealand
With rich history, a pristine fresh water swim and a world class host town experience, IRONMAN New Zealand is a bucket list race for all triathletes.
Voted the best overall swim and best overall venue experience in the 2018 Athlete Choice Awards >
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With half the field coming from outside the country every year, IRONMAN New Zealand is truly the world’s most international IRONMAN. This race has stood the test of time and will celebrate 35 incredible years in 2019.
Firmly established in its hometown of Taupo since 1999, the event showcases the best New Zealand and its breathtaking scenery has to offer. Thanks to the locals’ pure Kiwi spirit, you will feel like a local the minute you arrive. The event attracts more than 2,000 volunteers from a population of just 22,000—and you’ll encounter the rest along the streets cheering you on.
One of the world’s biggest fresh water lakes offers arguably the best swim on the circuit. A two-loop bike course comes back through town before heading through the forests and a three-loop run course leaves you no chance to escape the thousands of spectators. IRONMAN New Zealand allows you to realize your IRONMAN potential in one of the world’s most beautiful places.
The race will offer qualifying 40 slots for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Tri NZ Ultra Distance Championship
The 35th IRONMAN New Zealand in March will also double as the National Championship.
Triathlon New Zealand has confirmed that the race on Saturday 2 March will be the official New Zealand Long Distance Championships, which is open to all New Zealand citizens and/or have permanent resident status.