Just for the record on what TPTB counts as 'countries' and 'continents'...TAR1: "9 countries, 4 continents and 35 000 miles"
North America (United States), Africa (S Africa, Zambia, Tunisia), Europe (France, Italy), Asia (India, Thailand, China)The teams visited Alaska. Botswana, which the teams drove through to get to S Africa from Zambia, was not counted.TAR2: "5 continents, 8 countries and 52 000 miles"
North America (United States), South America (Brazil), Africa (S Africa, Namibia), Asia (Thailand, China), Australia (Australia, New Zealand)The teams visited Hawaii and Alaska.TAR3: "4 continents, 13 countries, 41 000 miles"
North America (United States, Mexico), Europe (United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Africa (Morocco), Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam)The teams visited Hawaii. Spain, which was a drive-thru, was counted. But does this only make 12 countries?TAR4: "4 continents, 24 cities, 44 000 miles"
North America, Europe, Asia, AustraliaNo number of countries listed.TAR5: "6 continents, 11 countries, 72 000 miles"
North America (Canada), South America (Uruguay, Argentina), Europe (Russia), Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania), Asia (UAE, India, Philippines), Australia (New Zealand)United States was not counted. Alternatively, the country 'left out' could be Kenya, where there was only a stop-over (but a sign-up counter for flights to Kilimanjaro). New Zealand was counted as part of a continent.TAR6: "4 continents, 24 cities, more than 40 000 miles"
North America, Europe, Africa, AsiaNo number of countries listed.TAR7: "5 continents, 25 cities, over 40 000 miles"
North America, South America, Africa, Asia, EuropeNo number of countries listed.TAR8: "25 days, 50 cities, and more than 600 consecutive hours together as a family"No comment.TAR9: 5 continents, 9 countries, more than 59 000 miles"
North America, South America (Brazil), Europe (Russia, Germany, Italy, Greece), Asia (Oman, Thailand, Japan), Australia (Australia)The've kept North America as a continent, but did not count the US as a country, even though Alaska was visited. This could be due to the flag task at the end, which might have caused confusion for the viewer if '10 countries' was announced.
So in conclusion, New Zealand is accepted as part of Australia/Australasia/Oceania the continent, and the United States is not counted unless Hawaii or Alaska is visited (except in TAR9). Just a little repeat: the mileage WAY exceeds 40 000 miles if New Zealand is added; could the spoilers have been TAR: Asia? I know Kogs is pretty confident about New Zealand as a stop (just as I know Puddin is sure Paris is not a decoy), do you mind elaborating on what you know?