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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #100 on: October 15, 2008, 11:35:49 AM »
if Starr really broke her arm then Christy will say Hallelujah  :meow:


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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #101 on: October 15, 2008, 11:38:14 AM »
Maybe they do something at the Gulf Harbor even BEFORE the Maori thing. From what I read, it really sounded like Maoris are at the volcano...

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #102 on: October 15, 2008, 12:08:59 PM »
Well, from the preview it looks like Christy and Andrew are doing the roadblock really early in the morning...

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #103 on: October 15, 2008, 12:18:13 PM »
Michael, please recall that their plane lands at 355am May 2 at Auckland international Airport. Where else could they go? They almost certainly get right into their tasks.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #104 on: October 15, 2008, 12:19:48 PM »
Michael, please recall that their plane lands at 355am May 2 at Auckland international Airport. Where else could they go? They almost certainly get right into their tasks.

that's what im saying....
the road block looks really early in the morning (before sun rise) ...


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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #105 on: October 15, 2008, 12:21:27 PM »
I have found where Gulf Harbour is. It is slightly southeast of Orewa. Here is the map of the Whangaparoa Peninsula, with Gulf Harbour in the middle:
Gulf Harbour New Zealand North Island

Driving directions from Auckland International Airport to Gulf Harbour are:

route 20B from the airport to link with route 20 north, which intersects with Route 1 north. Route 1 goes near the center of Auckland, over a bridge to the North Shore, and continues. At Silverdale, turn right on the Whangaparoa road. Gulf Harbour is about halfway out that peninsula.

Here is a link to a good Auckland area interactive map to apply those directions to- http://www.aucklandnz.com/images/uploads/file/Regional%20Map.pdf

If it calls for it(which it almost certainly will), driving directions to connect up with earlier directions from Route 1 on the south side of Auckland are:

reverse the route, taking the Whangaparoa road back to route 1 south. Follow Route 1 back over that bridge and to the south side of Auckland, then continuing on route 2 or route 2, 27, 24 and 29 to Tauranga.

There is a ferry from Auckland to Gulf Harbour, but it is not likely to have played a role in AR13 because teams drive marked cars.
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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #106 on: October 15, 2008, 12:31:01 PM »
I was thinking that they find their first clue box at the Gulf Harbor and again, we encounter some sort of hours of operation. Phil tells us pretty much that the Maori are at One Tree Hill right?

54.3 km – about 1 hour 1 min

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #107 on: October 15, 2008, 12:55:40 PM »
I was thinking that they find their first clue box at the Gulf Harbor and again, we encounter some sort of hours of operation. Phil tells us pretty much that the Maori are at One Tree Hill right?

54.3 km – about 1 hour 1 min

puddin:

Yes and either route 20 or route 1 goes adjacent to One Tree Hill on the south side of central Aukland and the other isn't far from it.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #108 on: October 15, 2008, 01:44:12 PM »
so the first clue at gulf habour holds the FF clue.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #109 on: October 15, 2008, 01:58:37 PM »
Here patlini, if this helps, dug up from the spoilers thread ..

Oh, daylight saving! So he probably didn't adjust his camera clock - it's showing the same time in Russia's DST, all over the world.

Following this, Phil was at Tonle Sap on 4 May at 7.19am, and Mom/Son at 9.26am. Works into the grand scheme of things!

Teams arrive in Auckland morning of the 2nd and have a leg there. While they are having their Pit Stop, Phil sneaks onto a flight on the morning of the 3rd (thanks Apskip). As our racers get released, they take afternoon flights towards Cambodia, and get snagged on Hours of Operation that evening. The Cambodia leg then starts proper on the morning of the 4th - dragging on to give us the 11.30ish sightings at Angkor Wat!

Teams leave on the morning of the 6th, so something must have held up the teams. An extended Pit Stop (as mentioned earlier)? Highly possible.



The blurry Auckland Sky Tower would have been taken at 3am, 28 Apr; the jumpsuit girl at 3.20pm the next day; and Maori guy 7.07pm on 30 Apr. The Fast Forward's ready for use, and maybe even used (missing #1 tag), 2 May 6.51am. Does this make sense? (Something tells me the timings should be slightly later.)



Based on that time offset for his camera, the first blurry photo of the sky tower taken at night is quite likely to be taken when the crew first arrived in NZ cos 18:58 +6hrs gives a time of around 1am on 04/28

The Maori guy's pictures are around 17:00 on 04/30 and may be able to be confirmed from the watch picture below?

But this makes the photos of the Fast Forward and the blonde girl between 04:50am and 6am, which given the sky walk is usually open between 10am to 4.30pm, and it is winter time too, seems a bit unusual. I would have thought doing it in the dark wouldn't be as scarey cos you couldn't see the ground. :duno:

Neobie, I think you have it correct. LAN801 landed around 0355 on May 2 at Auckland International Airport. A Fast Forward dash would have ensued, with arrival in the 5am time frame by whichever teams went fof it. We know that at least one team did and that any others teams did nto stay at the Sky Tower.


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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #110 on: October 15, 2008, 02:23:20 PM »
Cheers puddin

so they get the FF clue in La Paz, then have a lot of time to mull over it...

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #111 on: October 15, 2008, 02:37:31 PM »
I am having trouble with that Gulf Harbor being so far North?

They have to be on top of whichever extinct Volcano it is (needs to be one with Maori connections as well, that's why I like One Tree Hill but it could be any of them I guess) by DAWN and I don't think they can make it if they drive way up there first, which is what I think Michael is trying to say as well.

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New Zealanders are very proud of their indigenous Maori culture, and we were looking to get something of that in the show. We ended up having the teams search for Maori warriors on an extinct volcano (near Auckland), and it was the most magical morning when they arrived: As the sun was rising, there were these warriors doing the haka (a traditional war dance) with a magnificent rainbow over the top of the hill.

There just is no way they can arr 0355, get thru customs, drive north to Gulf Harbor (which seens to be a golf place and their website is down or they are out of business), turn around and drive back to One Tree Hill (or Mt Eden or whichever) , do a 20-30 minute climb to the summit, and be there by dawn.

So I think either we have the wrong Gulf Harbor or the wrong Volcano--maybe there is a Volcano up there? :duno:

And I think selwyn told us they drive south into the North Island but I need to double check that....  YEP, SOUTH it was:
 "I am not totally sure where they traveled, but it was out of Auckland south into the North Island (this would fit with Tauranga or Rotorua, or both)."
This is based on reports from crews....

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #112 on: October 15, 2008, 02:47:24 PM »
It is logical tha things might go something like this:

1. Teams land at Auckland International Airport and are on their way in marked cars between 430am and 5am
2. Teams drive to Gulf Harbour, arriving at approximately 530am to 6am based on the fact that is is night and traffic is light
3. There may or may not be a task in Gulf Harbor, but teams definitely get a clue there.
4. Whoever reaches the Fast Forward first goes and does that. Is it possible that that task is the SKy Tower jump?
5. Next should be the Maori match on One Tree Hill; if there were no task in Gulf Harbour then teams would be in the morning rush hour and maybe take 1.5 hours to reach it; if so, then they would be on One Tree Hill by about 7am until however long the task took added on to that
6. Teams leave One Tree Hill probably 30 minutes later to get to Papamao on the Bay of Plenty. This should take about 2.5 hours to reach the Blokart track DETOUR (it can't be a Roadblock because both Starr and Nick were doing it). What is the other DETOUR task? Can it be the kiwi stomping at kiwi360 in Te Puke?
7. The pitstop occurs after the detour and would be either 20 minutes away from Papamao or 5 mintues away from Kiwi360

Adding up the best possible  times for Blokart track detour, I add on 3 hours + track time + time to Te Puke. I get as early as about 1130am. With the drive time to TePuke about 15 minutes longer, that is balanced out by the Blockart teams having to drive an extra 15 minutes to reach the pitstop.  The earliest possible completion time from the Kiwi360 DETOUR choice should be about the same 1130am.  

We know that there is a wide variation of actual times to reach Auckland Airport, so the ideal times only apply to some teams. With a 24 hour pitstop and a 2.5 hour drive back to that airport, that puts teams into the afternoon of Sunday May 3 for departures to Cambodia.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #113 on: October 15, 2008, 02:51:20 PM »
Pitstop?
Papamoa Hills Regional Park (Te Rae o Papamoa)
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From the park visitors can see Mauao (Mount Maunganui) and the Tauranga harbour in the west through to Putauaki (Mount Edgecumbe) and Moutohora (Whale Island) in the east.

Papamoa hill is the highest point on the ridge (224m above sea level).

The Park can be seen from the coastline and from a wide area of the surrounding plains.

The Bay of Plenty’s first regional park, the Papamoa Hills Regional Park or Te Rae o Papamoa, opened to the public in July 2004. The focus of the Park is the rich Maori cultural history. It has a large number of archaeological sites and has many historical and ancestral associations.

http://www.envbop.govt.nz/Parks/Papamoa-Hills.asp


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 There is one walking track from the car park to the summit. It takes 45 mins to reach the summit and the track rises steeply through pine forest up to the open ridge.

Visitors may use any of the Park land. Sunscreen and a sun hat for sunny days and good walking shoes are recommended.

There is an information board at the car park that provides further information about using the park.

Opening hours
 

Opens: 7.30am
Closes: 6.00pm (winter)  8.30pm (summer)

How to get there
 

Distance from Tauranga: 20km (20minutes)
Distance from Rotorua: 65km (45minutes)
Distance from Whakatane: 80km (60minutes)

From Tauranga, travel east on State Highway 2 towards Whakatane. About 1 km past the Papamoa/Bell Road turn-off on the left, turn right into Poplar Lane. The carpark access is on the right, before you reach the quarry gate.

From Rotorua, travel towards Te Puke via Tokerau. The park is 5 km after Te Puke on the left. Turn left from SH2 into Poplar Lane.

From Whakatane, follow State Highway 2 towards Tauranga. The park is 5km after Te Puke on the left.
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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #114 on: October 15, 2008, 02:55:36 PM »
Peach:

If you read the above analysis it indicates that teams should reach "the volcano" around 7am. On May 2, 2008 sunrise in Auckland was at 701am which is pretty consistent with what you indicate is needed. And team arrival there might be up to 30 minutes faster if the rush hour traffic from the North Shore into Auckland is better than I expected because it was Saturday and there should be no rush hour. I will ask the expert, someone who lives on the North Shore and works at Auckland International Airport, and let you know.
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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #115 on: October 15, 2008, 03:06:30 PM »
I was typing this as you replied, lol. I would love for someone to do a dry run on this and let us know...

SUNRISE/SUNSET 5/2
May 2, 2008 7:01 AM 5:34 PM

But I still don't think they can do it apskip... 

Can't get out of airport, drive NORTH, drive back SOUTH, climb hill, be there by dawn...

Something is wrong somewhere, isn't it?

Remember they have to climb whichever hill which will take 15-45 minutes depending on which one it is...

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #116 on: October 15, 2008, 03:26:10 PM »
 :sucks  pretty map per puddin's request

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #117 on: October 15, 2008, 03:43:28 PM »
Thanks Boingo! Looks like your maps are in demand today, :lol:

Gulf Harbor:

PICTURES

MAP

but no volcano, lol....

http://www.whangaparaoanz.com/html/gulf_harbour.html

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #118 on: October 15, 2008, 04:03:39 PM »
I vote for apskip's itinerary, mostly because it will be one of the first things I've been right about since joining this site :)

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #119 on: October 15, 2008, 04:23:35 PM »
Gulf harbor sticks out on that map as being the odd man out.

Yet we hear it said by one of the teams in the car in the dark.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #120 on: October 15, 2008, 04:46:26 PM »
Peach,
I stand by my analysis. It is less than 50km from Auckland International Airport to Gulf Harbour. It should take slightly less than one hour each way early on a Saturday morning for the leading teams to get to Gulf Harbour and to return from Gulf Harbour to One Tree Hill. Lagging teams will take more time. I am assuming no time at Gulf Harbour other than trivial to locate the cluebox. I would say it's a good bet for the leading teams to make it to One Tree Hill by around 630am. What part of this analysis don't you agree with?

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #121 on: October 15, 2008, 05:12:34 PM »
:sucks  pretty map per puddin's request
:jumpy: leapin lizards!! and I thank you very much Boingo  :hearts: :jam:

peach, when selwyn states they drive south that can mean any number of things........

using my crappy map North to South, out of Auckland to Tauranga or Rotorua, or both

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I am not totally sure where they traveled, but it was out of Auckland south into the North Island (this would fit with Tauranga or Rotorua, or both)."
This is based on reports from crews....
 



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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #123 on: October 15, 2008, 05:42:04 PM »
Thanks for the video.  :tup: It's edited to to present this farm/grazing area as looking in the opposite direction from the pit stop.

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Re: EP4:10/19 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?"
« Reply #124 on: October 15, 2008, 06:15:22 PM »
haha his dad is great!!  :hearts:

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