Now the very awkward hurdle of Bachelor NZ introductions are over, it's straight down to the nitty gritty.

Smiles were already wearing thin for the 20 women left to compete for the affections of Kiwi Bachelor Jordan Mauger. The claws, if not fully out, are being sharpened in preparation.

Naz, a 25-year-old landscaper from Hamilton, came in guns blazing on Monday and is one to watch on the cat fight front.

She's already ruffled feathers in the hen house (mansion) after snaffling two sittings with Mauger at the all important meet-and-greet cocktail party.

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This is how episode two of season two began- and Twitter users were prepared to pounce with fresh material.

Moving on from last night's dress choices and Bachelorette blunders - viewers witnessed the first one-on-one date, and it was more awkward than expected.

Christchurch hairdresser Sarah, 30, headed out on the water to try her hand at wake-boarding for the first time.

There was a kiss, they made their own ice cream up the Sky Tower ... then a rose.

A sport-fueled group date followed, which sparked the Bachelorettes' competitive side.

The gals stripped down for a game of vollyball on the beach, while Fleur battled the waves for a swim with the Bach and got some solo time.

She too received a coveted rose.

Once again Mauger did not escape the running commentary, this time his accent and a raunchy pool cameo were hot topics.

There was also an obligatory mention of the moment last year's contestant Poppy Salter passed wind in front of Art Green.

It seems the country has caught Bachelor fever already, with Twitter posts appearing in anticipation of the second airing.

Some were excited to see what would happen next, while others expressed horror at becoming hooked.

One tweeter even campaigned to "bring back" pillow-throwing jockey Harmony, who bombed on night one.

Needless to say she was not given a rose after having a few too many drinks and making a scene.


- nzherald.co.nz