"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.

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

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 instruct their drivers to make their way to the Nevis Highwire Platform gondola. Once across the gondola, they will have to find their next clue.

Choice A: Drop
Teams and their instructor must rappel jump into the Lost World Cave. In the cave, they must find the Jesus rock to find their next clue.

All of the teams chose this task.

Choice B: Climb
Teams must climb down by ladder into the Lost World Cave. In the cave, they must find the Jesus rock to find their next clue.

None of the teams chose this task.

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

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will have to take an ATV and navigate themselves to a beach. Once they've obtained the clue they can return to their partner..

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.



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