Taupō may welcome a rich and powerful guest for next year's Ironman World Championship with an official invitation in transit to the King of Bahrain.

With a personal net worth of more than NZ$7 billion, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has been courted to visit the lakeside Waikato town personally by Taupō Mayor David Trewavas.

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Taupō is hosting the 2019 Ironman World Championships in November 2020. It

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