At 12:15 PM, the Twinkies -- "Currently in 4th Place" -- land in Auckland and hop in their SUV. Five minutes behind them, the Moms' plane lands right on schedule at 12:20. Or so they would have you believe. Linda and Karen -- "Currently in Last Place" -- notice the fact that they're getting into the last SUV as they leave the airport. "We know we're bringing up the rear," says Karen as she navigates from the back seat. They look for Route 1 south, hoping to make up some of the time.
Aaaand it looks like making up some time may be possible, as Chip and Kim are still lost looking for Rotorua. Chip pops his head into a store, but the guy doesn't know what he's talking about, and is no help. Similarly lost are the Twinkies, who shockingly can't find the highway either. Linda and Karen, however, find their way to Route 1 and are off, while Chip and Kim pull into a gas station to ask for directions. (You know what is remarkable? All three times that you see a team's-eye-view of the turn onto Route 1 as they make it, the same two white cars are approaching each other from opposite directions in exactly the same way. What are the odds that all the teams would have run into the same two cars at the same time? That is downright Twilight Zone, people!) They get their directions as we watch Kami and Karli run into a little touristy spot for some help of their own. Both of these teams make their way to the highway they need. (There are those two white cars again, when Chip and Kim go by! Who is in those white cars, and why are they going back and forth up and down Route 1 south toward Rotorua?) "We are pathetic," a Twinkie remarks sadly. You know, self-awareness is a good thing, except when it's sort of depressing like that. And what's especially unfortunate is that their team's-eye-view of the turnoff doesn't have the white cars, so apparently, they fell so far behind that the white cars had stopped driving back and forth along the highway endlessly by the time they got there. Even the white car people have lives to get back to, you know.
Now entering Rotorua are Colin and Christie. He stares intently ahead, talking about how they have to look for the Museum of Art and History. Not far away are Brandon and Nicole, also looking for the museum. When Colin and Christie find it, they run into the Yield box right off the bat. Phil explains all about the Yield again, while wearing some really goofy jeans that have been through too much self-conscious bleach-distressing. I mean, I'm assuming that's the result of bleach-distressing, because I don't think Phil slides around on the fronts of his thighs quite that much unless he's invented some kind of direct-contact snowless belly-first grass luge or something. Which I wouldn't put past him, actually. Anyway, after theoretically considering it, Colin and Christie step to the box and don't Yield anyone. And then Colin throws a thumbs-up. Dork. "We're not going to Yield someone to try to screw them over," Christie says happily. Nope. They're all about honor. They still want to win the old-fashioned way -- by getting arrested. When they pull the clue, it's this week's Detour, which offers a choice between Clean and Dirty. (I think Phil should say "Dirty" a lot more often, speaking solely for myself.) In Clean, you drive 13 miles to a whitewater area, where you'll go with a guide to travel a one-mile whitewater course with only a little boogie board to hang on to. I'm sorry, it's a "sledge." This would be known as your Reckless task. In Dirty, you go to a mud pool at a place called Hell's Gate and search for buried clues. This would be your Chicken task. The mud will be hot and steamy and gross, which isn't really a good thing unless you're at a spa, so there's also an added Embrace the Ick/Avoid the Ick Factor in this Detour.