IRONMAN New Zealand

2018 Race Tour Booking Coming Soon!

The 5x IRONMAN New Zealand Champion, Meredith Kessler. Photo: Delly Carr.

The 5x IRONMAN New Zealand Champion, Meredith Kessler. Photo: Delly Carr.

2018 Race Entry + 6-Night Tour 

Race entry travel packages and guest tours for IRONMAN New Zealand are available now and selling quickly! The comprehensive 7-day, 6-night itinerary includes round-trip airport transfers from Auckland, transport to Taupo (race site) by private coach, deluxe accommodations with kitchenettes (Studio or 1-Bedroom), complete race course orientations (swim, bike, run), Welcome Dinner, and a post-race team breakfast. 

What's it like?

IRONMAN New Zealand in Taupo presents one of the most scenic race venues in the world, attracting a field comprised of 50% international athletes. You'll swim in a large freshwater lake, take on the 2-loop bike course through an unspoiled forest, and feel the enthusiasm and support of the crowd in the 3-loop run. One of the oldest and most beloved races on the IRONMAN circuit, this is certainly a "bucket list" race for every long-course triathlete.

What's included?

  • Access to purchase race entry at a discounted price of $625 (entry is in addition to the tour pricing)
  • Arrival into Auckland airport on February 28; relax and recover from your flight with one night at the Novotel Auckland Airport
  • Transfer by private coach to Taupo (race site, approximately 4 hour drive) on March 1
  • 5 Nights of deluxe accommodations in Taupo with kitchenettes (800m from the race)
  • Studio or 1-Bedroom accommodations available (see per person prices below)
  • Tours of the race course: swim, full bike and run
  • Light training sessions
  • Q&A session with professional triathletes
  • Trips to purchase groceries
  • Transfers to all official race activities
  • Visit to Huka Falls
  • Post-race group breakfast
  • Gift bag for each athlete loaded with "swag"
  • Return transfer to Auckland Airport on Monday (Please ensure your flight departs AFTER 4:00 p.m. local time)
  • Master Class Webinar with answers to your pre-race questions (exclusive to RaceQuest athletes)


Upon arrival into Auckland, we'll spend one night at the 4-star Novotel hotel.

Upon arrival into Auckland, we'll spend one night at the 4-star Novotel hotel.

Novotel Auckland Airport (the night of arrival)

  • 4-star accommodation
  • WiFi, 24/7 Dining and drinks
  • Soundproof windows; iPod dock
  • Available for Single Occupancy or Double Occupancy

Lake Taupo Motor Inn (5 nights)

  • Studio or 1-Bedroom accommodation
  • Studio has one larger bed or two twin beds
  • 1-Bedroom has one Queen size bed plus separate room with 2 twins, ideal for roommates sharing
  • Kitchenettes included in each accommodation
  • 800m to the race site
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Onsite Guest Laundry (washer and dryers)
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Views of Lake Taupo
  • Heated swimming pool and hot tub
  • WiFi, air conditioning, flatscreen TV and free SKY-TV

Pricing and Booking Process

If you've already secured entry into 2018 IRONMAN New Zealand, we welcome you to join our 7-day, 6-night tour. Those athletes needing a race entry may purchase one from us for a discounted rate of $625, available as an "Add-On" at checkout. All standard IRONMAN race entry rules apply. Prices below are in addition to the race entry fee.

CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED ACCOMMODATION at checkout - Studio or 1-Bedroom

Twin Share or Double Occupancy Price: $1,495 per person

Single Occupancy Price: $1995

Race Entry (additional): $625

Payment, Deposit and Cancellation Policy

We require a 50% deposit for your tour at checkout. The balance will be collected on the credit card you provide at checkout on December 15, 2017. If you must cancel for any reason, you must notify RaceQuest Travel in writing to stating your need to cancel. If we are notified on or prior to December 14, 2017, we can provide you with a refund, less a $500 cancellation fee for this tour. Please read all IRONMAN New Zealand race entry policies and rules, as we are not responsible for race entry refunds or terms and conditions held by the race office. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Any request for refund or cancellation on or after December 15, 2017 is not eligible for refund from RaceQuest Travel.

Gallery: The IRONMAN New Zealand Tour