"It's Hammer Time"
Version United States
Season Season 2
Episode Number 10/11 (023)
First Broadcast May 8, 2002
Ratings/Share (18-49) 4.2/10[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous "Ready to Lose Our Lives"
Next "Follow That Plane!"

It's Hammer Time is the penultimate episode of The Amazing Race 2.


The four remaining teams travel to Auckland, New Zealand, and rappel into the nearby Lost World caves.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Inverary Sheep Station are as follows:

  1. Blake & Paige (2:13 am)
  2. Tara & Wil (3:13 am)
  3. Chris & Alex (3:41 am)
  4. Oswald & Danny (5:04 am)

Teams must travel, via camper and ferry, to the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, in Rotorua.

The instructions for the Fast Forward were found with their clue at the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute.

Teams must drive to the to of Mount Tarawera, hike a marked path and complete a treacherous "scree" run into the mouth of a dormant volcano to receive their clue. Tara & Wil won this Fast Forward.

Teams must drive to the Waitomo Caves and find the area known as "The Lost World".

Choice A: Drop
Teams had to descend 350 feet (110 m) into a cavern known as "The Lost World" and then walk a short distance to Jesus Rock to receive the next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Climb
Tams had to climb down a 100 feet (30 m) ladder into the same cavern, then walk a much longer distance to reach the next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

Teams must drive to 4 Track Adventures in Auckland to find their next clue.

One team member had to ride an ATV through a challenging off-road course over difficult terrain, then collect the clue at the end of the course.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to the Warbirds Hangar at Ardmore Airport.

For coming in first place, Tara & Wil won a vacation to Los Cabos, provided by American Airlines Vacations.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
 1st place 
Tara & Wil
Separated couple
 2nd place 
Blake & Paige
 3rd place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong friends
Oswald & Danny
Best friends


  • This episode's title was stated by Chris.