New Zealand vs Spartan: Recap

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As New Zealand takes on Australian Spartan, Obstacle Racers NZ will keep you updated on the progress of each team.

Below is your guide to the appearance of each Kiwi team on the Australian Spartan tv show and how far they made it through the ” most diabolical test of team-work ever devised.”

Australian Spartan is currently airing in New Zealand on TVNZ 2.

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Inspired by the world-wide fitness phenomenon Spartan Race, “this is one of the world’s toughest team-based obstacle courses around. Teams of three from New Zealand and Australia will have to work together as they race through a series of specially designed obstacles engineered to challenge their ability to work together in the biggest test of teamwork ever.” For a commentary of Australian Spartan in New Zealand, see ORNZ’s opinion post on the show here.

New Zealand vs Australian Spartan: Recap

Heat 1 (Episode 1)

Aviation Bacon

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Members: Richard, Maysie, Justin

Bio: Being fit and active is part of the job for these NZ Police officers. Not afraid of a bit of friendly rivalry, they’ve travelled across the Tasman to show the Aussie Police force how it’s done! Used to working as a team and operating in high-pressure environments, will their skill-set withstand the epic test of the Spartan arena?

Furthest obstacle reached: Angle Grinder – eliminated

Heat 2 (Episode 2)

Fish Out of Water

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Members: Jamie, Teneale, Paul

Bio: These true New Zealand heroes spend their days saving lives, and in their spare time you’ll find them out on the open water. These friends came together through their love of the ocean and boast Olympic and World kayak titles between them. Will their winning streak continue onto the Spartan course?

Furthest obstacle reached: Tilting Bridge – eliminated


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Members: Dan, Aaron, Jayden

Bio: The bromance is real for these salt of the earth Kiwi mates and their friendship leads them to the heights of the Spartan course. Keen CrossFitters, the guys thrive under competition pressure and crave a challenge. Their down to earth approach could be their strength…or their downfall.

Furthest obstacle reached: Water Gauntlet – qualified for semi-finals

Heat 3 (Episode 3)

James and the Peaches

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Members: Tanya, James, Hania

Bio: Don’t be fooled by this team’s attire! This group of friends thrives on competition and takes their place in the game immensely seriously. Their individual strengths come together to form an unstoppable team, and their drive and discipline could see them go far in the competition.

Furthest obstacle reached: Leap of Faith – qualified for semi-finals

Flaming Kiwis

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Members: Josh, Adam, Nick

Bio: The demands of the job require these ultra-fit Kiwi firefighters to be in top physical condition. With iron man, stuntman and ex-Royal Marine adding to their credentials, they’re an unstoppable team. Putting their lives on the line every day, they’re used to working in an environment where teamwork is essential, but will the Spartan course prove to be too much?

Furthest obstacle reached:Tyre Swing – eliminated


New Zealand vs the Australian Spartan Finals: Recap

Semi-finals (Episode 4)

James and the Peaches

Furthest obstacle reached:Tilting Bridge – eliminated


Furthest obstacle reached: Slip Face – qualified for finals

Final (Episode 5)


Furthest obstacle reached: completed full course – eliminated in time trial

Watch Full Episodes

You can watch Australian Spartan online at TVNZ OnDemand.

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