Date & Location

Saturday 21st March 2020 TAUPŌ-NUI-A-TIA Lake Front









Event Cancellation

Media statement: Monday, 16 March 2020


Concern around Coronavirus leads to cancellation of popular Iron Maori Taupo event.


Iron Maori today announced the cancellation of this weekend’s 2020 Iron Maori Taupo event in light of the potential risk to participants of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

More than 550 people were registered to take part in the popular event which was scheduled to take place in Taupo this weekend, Saturday, 21 March.

Heather Skipworth, founder of Iron Maori, said “It is really unfortunate that we’ve had to cancel Iron Maori Taupo this year.

However, at the end of the day, ensuring that whanau are in a safe environment while taking part in a healthy, active event, is paramount.  That’s what Iron Maori is all about.”

“We looked closely at whether we could reschedule the event.  However, in light of all of the uncertainty around Coronavirus, this just isn’t feasible at this time.

Registered participants for Iron Maori Taupo 2020 should refer to our website ( for full information about the event’s cancellation.  We will also be contacting all registrants directly.

Heather adds, “We will still be providing everyone’s race packs as we already have these on hand.  The pack includes the event t-shirt and medal.  We will post these to registered participants within the next fortnight.

We are also offering all current registrants a 20% discount off the entry fee for our Iron Maori quarter event later this year.  This is scheduled to take place in Ahuriri, Napier in November.

The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board has backed Iron Māori on Lake Taupo since 2017.

Trust Board CEO, Shane Heremaia, said the cancellation was an unfortunate, but necessary, decision to make.

“We have seen the Taupo event grow exponentially to become one of Iron Maori’s most popular regional events with hundreds taking part in the swim, run and cycle course.

These are unprecedented times we are in as a global pandemic around Coronavirus unfolds.

As kaitiaki, Ngāti Tūwharetoa has a responsibility to ensure that all users of the lake are kept safe and not unnecessarily exposed to the risk of large gatherings for the good of our community and New Zealand as a whole.

With regret, we support Iron Māori’s decision to cancel this year’s event”.



Media enquiries:

Heather Skipworth, Founder, Iron Maori

Event Info

Where: Lake Front

When: Saturday 21st March 2020

What:  Tamariki: 8.30am- distance, 5-12 years old – 100m swim & 1km run either in a team of two or as an Individual. Rangatahi: 9.00am- distance, 13-17 years old – 300m swim, 10km cycle & 2km run either in a team of three or as an individual. Matua-Adult: 9.00am- distance either as an

  • Individual to be 18 years and older – 600m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, or in a
  • Team 18 years and older – Long 600m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run or  Short 300m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Event Pricing

Individual Matua-Adult: $75.00 plus 5% online fee

Team Long Course Matua-Adult: $150.00 plus 5% per team online fee (only teams of 3)

Team Short Course Matua-Adult: $150.00 plus 5% per team online fee (only teams of 3)

Individual Rangatahi: $40.00 plus 5% online fee

Team Rangatahi: $90.00 plus 5% online fee

Individual Tamariki: $25.00 plus 5% online fee

Team Tamariki: $50.00 plus 5% online fee (only teams of 2)


  • Individual Adult Long Course – 600m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run/Walk
  • Individual Adult Short Course- 300m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run/Walk
  • Adult Long Course Team – 600m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run/Walk) One member does one discipline i.e swim or bike or run.
  • Adult Short Course Team – 300m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run/Walk) One member does one discipline i.e swim or bike or run.
  • Tamariki Individual 5 -12 Years – 100m swim, 1km run
  • Tamariki Team of two 5 -12 Years – 100m swim, 1km run) On member does one discipline i.e. swim or run.
  • Rangatahi Individual 13-17 years – 300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run
  • Rangatahi Team of three 13-17 years – 300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run) One member does one discipline i.e swim or bike or run.

Online registrations are now open and will close on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 9.00pm.  Any registrations after this date will need to be done at registrations on the Friday, however you will not be guaranteed an event t-shirt, so to avoid disappointment please register before the Wednesday 11th March 2020.

Your Registration fee Includes: Event tee shirt, Race bag, Medal, Race Number, Timing chip (timing for adult event only). The Registration area is yet to be confirmed. Information boards (on tables) will be provided beside the registration tent with additional course maps, parking maps and our race brief. Event staff will be able to answer any of your questions that our Information Boards can’t. The Help Desk is also where you go if you would like to change any details of your team.

Registration pack pick up & compulsory Bike racking will be Friday 20th March 4.00pm-6.30pm. We will have security at the park on the Friday Night.

Please note that Only the Adult event is timed and that all timing chips are to be removed and returned at the finish line.

Event Timetable

Friday Timetable

Time Activity
4.00pm Registration Open
4.00pm Individual/Teams Bike Racking
6.30pm Registration and Bike Racking Closes

Saturday Timetable

Time Activity
7:30am Registration/Transition Opens
8:10am: Registration/Transition Closed
8:10am Karakia/Race Brief                                                                                                                                                                    

8:30am Event start time for Tamariki                                                                                                                                                    

9:00am Event start time for Adult and Rangatahi   

12.30pm Prize giving or once the final participant has crossed the finish line.

Age Categories

The Tamariki and Rangatahi events are participation events therefore they are not timed as we want to encourage participation.

The adult events run in 5 year age groups with your age calculated as at the date of the event.

The official Age Categories for both Tane and Wahine are as follows:

  • 18–24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75+

Changes will be made until Sunday 4 March 2018, no online changes made after this date, as we need to allow sufficient time for our shirts to be printed.  Individuals can be changed for this event, teams can also make changes.
Any changes will incur a $20.00 fee.    Any changes after this date will need to be made at registrations desks at the event and will be a physical change only, no t shirt sizes or names are changed, but the new person will need to sign the waiver at registrations, at no charge.
To make “Changes” email