Epic Taupo


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This 5 day RealSwim Adventure, Epic Taupo takes place on the largest lake in New Zealand. The trip is a combination RealSwim sportive and competitive RealSwim Adventure. It gives swimmers the best of both worlds. 

You will be surrounded by volcanoes and bush clad mountains. The lake itself is clean, deep and clear and offers the opportunity to sportive swim in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations.

At the weekend portion of the trip we join up with Swimming New Zealands Epic Swim national championships. You’ll have the opportunity to swim 2.5km, 5km, 10, or the 17.5km event. You’ll be fully supported by expert RealSwim crew throughout.

Getting there: Flights are not included in our RealSwim Adventure Epic Taupo. Air New Zealand is our recommended travel partner. You can fly into Taupo but flights are limited, alternatively you can fly into Rotorua, rent a car and drive the 60 minutes to Taupo. Ask us if you need some advice on how to get there.

Please note this trip is limited to 12 people


Day 1

Wednesday. We assemble at 3.30pm at the hotel for a meet and greet, safety brief and acclimatisation swim. That evening we have a welcome dinner and quick briefing for the following days swimming.

Day 2

Thursday. RealSwimming on lake Taupo. This breathing taking day of sportive swimming will explore the far reaches of Lake Taupo taking in cliffs, drops offs, crystal clear water and perhaps a waterfall. Our chater boat skipper will most likely trail a line while we swim and all going well there will be fresh trout on offer as well as plenty of other food during our BBQ lunch. After some sun bathing we are back to it for a shorter afternoon swim. It’s a perfect way to enjoy swimming in the lake and a great way to relax for those who might be getting a little too nervous about the weekends swimming.

Day 3

Friday. This morning starts with an Epic Swim theory clinic at 10am. It’s a just to talk through the weekends swimming ensuring swimmers are comfortable with the timelines, course, race strategy and feeding plans. In the afternoon we complete Epic race registration then a a short course familiarisation swim hosted by Philip Rush, tips on feeding, pacing and navigation.

Day 4

Saturday. We then head to the lake front for the Epic Swim 10km or 2.5km. It’s a fun day of racing dominated by relaxed masters swimmers who want to swim race and have some fun.

Day 5

Sunday. A morning 5km swim race followed by completion brunch in Taupo to wrap up this Epic RealSwim.



E-mail swimcoach@fitandabel.com to inquire about Taupo Custom swimming opportunities. 
Booking Terms and Conditions

  • A deposit is required to confirm your RealSwim booking.
  • Entry into the weekend Epic racing is not included, you will need to do this after booking with us.
  • Full payment is required for a booking less than 60 days from the start date.
  • Deposits are not refunded.
  • Read full T’s & C’s https://www.realswimadventures.com/terms-conditions/ 


Essentials Needed

  • RealSwim Adventures will provide you with a high visibility swim hat
  • Other essential equipment – You’ll need gear for all conditions
  • Reef shoes or sandals
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sun Screen
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Goggles x 2 clear and tinted
  • Drink Bottle
  • Swim Suits
  • Warm Garments/Fleece
  • Shorts and light long trousers
  • Walking Shoes
  • Two Towels


What is included?

Four nights accommodation, full safety support including charter boat on the Thursday, RealSwim Adventures cap and t shirt, swim coaching for your 10km, 5km or 2.5km, coaching clinic and support on race day.

  • Entry into the Epic racing is your own responsibility. To enter http://www.epicswim.nz/ please send us the races you have entered. 

What is the climate like?

January is summer time in New Zealand. The average maximum temperature at Lake Taupo in January is 23C.

What other activities are available?

There is plenty to do in and around Taupo. Visit Great Lake Taupo and Lake Taupo to find out more.

What is the currency in New Zealand?

The unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.

What banking facilities are available?

There are plenty of ATM’s in Taupo.

What is the electricity in New Zealand?

240v / 50Hz is standard. USA and UK visitors you will require converters.

What food is included?

RealSwim Adventures will supply snacks and drinks during and immediately following each swim. Meals included are all breakfasts (continental at the hotel) and lunch on day 2 on the charter boat. Your hosts will book restaurants for the other meals, attendance is optional and are pay as you go.

What transport is available?

Almost everything is in walking distance in the Lake Taupo township.

Is Lake Taupo safe?

The biggest hazard with any open water swim is often other human beings. On Lake Taupo this is often boat traffic. You’ll be fully escorted on your swims. The other issue can be the weather. It can change quickly and can be unpredictable, therefore we reserve the right to alter the swim program at any stage should conditions dictate.



We will be staying in the Suncourt Hotel a short walk from downtown Taupo and the lakeside.

Shared room twin/double $1100NZD per person
Own room $1450NZD

We’ve also added a ‘no accommodation’ option for those who wish to join us each day $700NZD

Does not include your entry fee into the 10km or 2.5 km Epic Swim on the Saturday and the 5km  on the Sunday – once your space is confirmed please visit http://www.epicswim.nz/ and enter your preferred events.