We arrived in Taupo Friday night to detours and road closures. Unbeknownst to us, the Ironman New Zealand was on the next day!
I booked our stay outside the town center at Wairakei Resort so I could walk across the street for a soak at Wairakei Terraces while Allen took the car fishing all day. Instead, I spent Saturday reading by one of the resort’s pools. It was a perfect summer day. In the evening we went downtown to cheer on the Ironman participants. Those who were still running would have been racing for 11 hours. Go them! Watching them was motivating for our own (sprint) tri training. We brought our bikes to Taupo and did some off-roading on the Waikato River Trails. Early Sunday we ran part of the Ironman route along the waterfront, then swam in the lake, racing between the buoys. Bringing our tri training when we travel forces us to engage with a familiar place in a new way.
We only scratched the surface of the regions cycle trails. I am eager to go back for a longer bike along the Waikato River Trails or Great Lake Trail.
Dates: 3-5 March 2017
Travel with: Allen
Weather: 60-70°s, cooler at night; mostly sunny
Accommodation: Wairakei Resort
- cheering on Ironman New Zealand participants
- biking Waikato River Trails to Huka Falls and beyond
- relaxing by the pool at Wairakei Resort
- run along the Great Lake Walkway and swim in Lake Taupo
Food & Drink:
- The Fish Box, Taupo
- Tipsy Trout, Kinloch
- SMK (Southern Meat Kitchen), Taupo