The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand Season Wrap-up

It was very exciting when Seven announced that the Emmy-winning The Amazing Race Australia would be returning for a 3rd season after a one year break. But there were going to be a few changes to the Aussie franchise.

First, Seven would be producing the series in-house instead of working with activeTV who produced the first two seasons as well as worked on The Amazing Race Asia, The Amazing Race Philippines and Israel’s HaMerotz LaMillion. A little later, it was then revealed that season 3 would pit nation versus nation in a battle between Australia and New Zealand teams.

Those were definitely interesting changes to think about, but after two excellent seasons, the expectation was that TAR Australia would maintain that streak.

And now that the season is over, I will say that it certainly did. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 10 – "At least we did better than the bloody Kiwis."

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The Final Leg is here and teams are flying to Los Angeles, California, USA. Once at LAX, they must search the carpark for marked Ford Mustangs which have their next clue pointing them to Hollywood.

Along the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, teams must use a provided Polaroid camera to take pictures with three movie characters played by Australian-born actors. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 9 – "Dude, we don't want to go to your house."

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It is time for the penultimate Leg and teams will be flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

At the airport, Sally & Tyson work with Daniel & Ryan researching flights in the business lounge. They specifically make a point to not share information with Ashleigh & Jarrod who think Daniel & Ryan merely leech off of whoever’s got the access and info.

All teams are on the same flight via Frankfurt. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 8 – "I can't feel my nadz!"

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The final five teams are on the same flight from Lisbon to Dubovnik, Croatia via Frankfurt. Arriving in Croatia at 10:05pm, teams must make their way to the Pila Gate of the Old City.

Teams find the next clue telling them to take part in an ancient welcoming tradition that involves each team member collecting a large stone and navigating the walls to deliver the stones to the city guard at the Watchman’s Keep.

Teams must correctly answer the guard’s question to receive the next clue. What the teams don’t know is the guard will ask them how many steps it took to reach him: 139. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 7 – "There's a lot of bones in this, I really don't wanna die."

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Teams are taken to Moscow where they will begin the 7th Leg of the Race. Daniel & Ryan, with their one-hour head start from not using the Salvage Pass, open the first clue telling teams to fly to Lisbon, Portugal.

Ashleigh & Jarrod hope to not butt heads while Sally & Tyson are excited to go to South America. Cat & Jesse want to stay consistent and Carla & Hereni hope to stick to Team NZ.

At the airport, Sally & Tyson find out Portugal is actually in South America. And the teams get on a flight to Lisbon through Frankfurt. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 6 – I'm not going to come last, I'm going to just die on The Amazing Race."

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John & Murray open the next clue telling teams to take an overnight train on the Trans-Siberian Railway to the city of Kostroma. Once there, they must make their way to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

As a reward for arriving first at the Pit Stop, John & Murray have received first class train tickets to Kostroma for themselves and for another team of their choice.

The rest of the teams check-in and Cat & Jesse are the most relieved to be spared even after arriving in last. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand, Episode 5 – "Right now I don't care if he pees in his pants."

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The 5th Leg begins immediately (TV time) as teams learn they will be flying to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Teams are given plane tickets, but are under no obligation to use them. Carla & Hereni find a better flight through Johannesburg and Zurich and tell John & Murray about it to repay them for the Express Pass and in the hopes they can work together. Continue reading