Back from the ads, Aja finally succeeds in flagging down a guy in an SUV, who changes the tire for them while Ty berates himself for being an idiot. And Ken and Tina arrive at the Marina, looking forward to facing the Gordian Knot. The Frat Boys are right behind them, with Terence and Sarah still behind them. The three teams race out onto the maze of docks in pitch blackness, and all three of them seem to find a knot lying patiently on the planks at about the same time. They get to work worrying an end loose, and then it's a race to unravel them to find the narrow slip of paper in the center. The Frat Boys get to it first, and it reads, "Drive yourselves to the summit of Mount Eden."
Phil tells us that would be "one of Auckland's famed dormant volcanoes, and its highest natural point." We see a gorgeous aerial shot of the peak and the closed crater, all clad in a striking bright green. Except of course for the clue box waiting on the rim. Back to Ken and Tina, who have discovered that there's a Fast Forward option. Phil reminds us that this means the first team to complete the Fast Forward (of which there are two in the race) can go straight to the Pit Stop. This Fast Forward will send them to "The tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Auckland Sky Tower." Which looks a lot like a space needle, only taller. About a fifth of a mile, in fact. And the Fast Forward team will have to climb all the way from the sky deck to the very tippy-top, outside, "and pick up a friend." Dude, is Matt LeBlanc really having that much trouble finding work?
Ken|Tina and the Frat Boys race to their cars (past Terence and Sarah, who are still unraveling), both hoping to score the Fast Forward. Tina reminds us that she doesn't like heights, but she's up for this (so to speak). Terence and Sarah finish and head off to Mount Eden, Sarah wisely shooting down Terence's Fast Forward idea. Kelly and Christy pass them as they arrive at the marina. Meanwhile, on the road, Ken is successfully trying to prevent Andrew from passing him, while Dan unsuccessfully is encouraging Andrew to attempt just that. Kelly and Christy finish unraveling their knot, and skip the FF as well. Toni and Dallas arrive, and he confidently strides right to a knot as though he was the one who put it there. "Good job, Dally," Toni tells him. Dally? Team Long Distance, the Siblings, and the Belles are still en route to the marina. Toni and Dallas nix the Fast Forward, and they head out, straight into some bright headlights. "This person's on the wrong side of the road," Dallas says, nearly blinded. "Are you sure you're on the right side?" Toni asks him. Dallas is. So of course it's another team they're about to collide with. This time it's Starr, who manages to avoid a crash. For now. She and Nick quickly find their knot.