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Leg 2 finished on the morning of Nov. 15. Leg 3 involves flying to Papeete, Tahiti and connecting there to fly on to Auckland and then Christchurch. Here are the possible flights:

11/15 BOB PPT VT294 1145 1235
         BOB PPT VT474 1200 1250
         BOB PPT VT465 1830 1920
         BOB PPT VT404 1845 1935

11/16 PPT AKL NZ41  0455 (almost 3 hours late) 0947 (almost 3 hours late)

         AKL CHC there are 13 flights from noon to midnight     

The actual flights with actual departure times corresponding to the scheduled (not actual) departure times from Auckland to Christchurch on Nov. 16 were:

NZ547 1720 1842
NZ545 1802 1926
NZ553 1927 2050

There was one additional flight NZ549 at 1914, but apparently it was full or Chuck and Wynona should have been able to get it.

I estimate all teams completed the Christchurch area leg before noon and reached the CHC airport before noon. Basic route options to reach Bali were CHC MEL PER DPS or CHC SYD DPS. Here are the flight combinations that would fit the time frames:

QF769 CHC MEL 1232 1325 connecting with GA725 MEL PER 1435 1810 connecting with QZ8417 PER DPS 2051 0024+1

QF46  CHC SYD 1420 1553 connecting with  JQ37  SYD DPS 1800 2132             

Too early Apskip. We know front-runner teams Dave/Connor and Pamela/Winnie (second place!) went through Melbourne and Perth on these flights:

DJ 63 (19 1608-1735, sch 1600-1750) from Christchurch to Melbourne
Dave/Connor: QF 653 (19 2033-2129, sch 2015-2120) from Melbourne to Perth
Pamela/Winnie: DJ 697 (19 2131-2247, sch 2000-2105) from Melbourne to Perth
QZ 8411 (20 0438-0825, sch 0450-0830) from Perth to Bali

Max/Katie also arrived in Bali at the same time. The simplest method is:
EK 419 (19 1653-1808, sch 1655-1815) from Christchurch to Sydney OR
DJ 73 (19 1700-1831, sch 1700-1830) from Christchurch to Sydney
DJ 569 (19 2013-2203, sch 2000-2200) from Sydney to Perth
QZ 8411 (20 0438-0825, sch 0450-0830) from Perth to Bali

Joey/Meghan and at least one other team were sighted exiting the Bali airport parking lot at 11am. There are two flights arriving from Singapore within the hour, and plenty of ways to get from Christchurch to Auckland. I think there should be enough flights for no team to get left behind:
From Christchurch to Singapore
EK 419 (19 1653-1808, sch 1655-1815) from Christchurch to Sydney
SQ 242 (19 1932-0028, sch 1910-0015) from Sydney to Singapore
JQ 166 (19 2046-2218, sch 2100-2240) from Christchurch to Melbourne
SQ 218 (20 0109-0542, sch 0105-0540) from Melbourne to Singapore
NZ 546 (19 1931-2047, sch 1935-2055) from Christchurch to Auckland
SQ 282 (20 0102-0633, sch 0105-0635) from Auckland to Singapore
From Singapore to Bali
VF 241 (20 0759-, sch 0725-1005) from Singapore to Bali
GA 841 (20 0815-, sch 0750-1035) from Singapore to Bali

Some (but not all) less efficient itineraries, if best flights are full
From Christchurch via Melbourne or Sydney to Perth as above
GA 727 (20 0713-, sch 0713-1100) from Perth to Bali
From Christchurch via Auckland, Sydney, or Melbourne to Singapore as above
QZ 8499 (20 0931-1208, sch 0915-1205) from Singapore to Bali

TL;DR: Dave/Connor, Pamela/Winnie, and Max/Katie are first arriving in Bali. The majority of teams is likely to arrive two hours later on one of two flights via Singapore.

And can I just say that trying to get all those airports covered on 10 seconds notice about killed me. 3 day leg indeed.  :lol3:


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