Although the New Zealand Ironman organization had to change the distance to 70.3 due to weather warnings, athletes were encouraged to participate in these adverse conditions.
In the men's category the Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker won and in the female category the American Meredith Kessler.
Vanhoenacker invested a total of 3:55:03 thanks in large part to his great time in the 1:12:41 half marathon. The finish was exciting, with Tim Reed from Australia finishing second, finishing just 48 seconds behind Vanhoenacker. Third place was for him ten times winner of the New Zealand Ironman Cameron Brown who finished with a time of 3:56:38
In the women's race, Kessler, as in the men's race, made a spectacular time in the race segment, achieving a mark of 01:21:38, reaching the finish line with a total time of 4:22:46. Almost eight minutes later came the second classified Kate Bevilaqua from Australia with a time of 4:30:37, followed by the seven-time winner of this race Joanna Lawn with a time of 4:30:46