International Triathlon Festival

The 2017 events ran from Thursday, 11th - Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

The main event (triathlon) was held on Saturday 13th May 2017 at 1.30 pm, while the Boiler Swim and Round Island Cycle were held on on May 11th and 16th.

Latest News

  • Results from the 2017 events (Boiler Swim, Triathlon, Tour de Raro) are now available for download (.pdf) from the Results page.  The Winners By Year, Winners by Time, and Top 10 Times sections have also been updated with the 2017 result highlighted.
  • It was announced that at the Awards Presentation that in 2018 the International Triathlon Festival will be scaled back. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) will be reviewing this in the coming months, and an update will be posted on this website later this year.

The following information regarding the 2017 event (which has now taken place).
Information regarding 2018 events will be posted later this year. 

From the Cook Islands Triathlon we extend to you an invitation to the 23nd annual Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon festival.

While the main sporting event is the triathlon (1500/41/10) there is also an ocean swim (800m) a cycle race (31km).

The events have been popular with first timers, long course specialists, ITU age group representatives and a few ITU Elites.  Check out the Results from previous years to get an idea of who's been competing in past years and the top 10 times in the various categories.

If you are looking for a different sort of race, this is one that most club level and age group competitors will enjoy. This race is high in enjoyment and with the opportunity to sample Polynesia – its islands and its laid back lifestyle. 

The social activities which have been organised for competitors and supporters ensure that your trip to the Cook Islands will be unforgettable for everyone.

A special thank-you to Scottie, a professional events photographer who has been attending our event for the past few years and who has given us permission to use his photos on this website. Please visit Scottie T's Raro Tri Photos for more photos.

Be sure to visit and Like our FaceBook page if you wish to keep up to date with the local triathlon community:

Cook Islands Triathlon Association



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2017 Festival Events, 11-17 May

For details on each of the events listed below visit our Festival Events page.


Modest prize money along with sponsors products applies for the Triathlon, however the main reason for you entering should be to have fun, enjoy the challenge and even make a sporting holiday of it.

The first male and female competitors will win an international return Air New Zealand ticket for travel NZ - Rarotonga return, or at the discretion of the organisers a cash equivalent.
Other prizes for age groups and teams comprise modest cash and merchandise.

Competitors must be present at the prize giving dinner to claim prizes.

Accommodation and Travel

When planning your trip please consider using one of our 2017 sponsors or collaborating Travel Agents.

 Main event sponsors
 ... and in 2016 we welcomed:

For general information on the Cook Islands, please visit the Cook Islands Tourism site

 If you have any questions or queries, please Contact us.