A Tauranga woman taking part in The Amazing Race is "stoked" to be representing the Bay.
Ten New Zealanders are racing Australians around the world in a bid to win $250,000 and reality TV stardom.
The Amazing Race pits five New Zealand teams of two head-to-head with their Australian counterparts through six continents and 10 countries, across almost 90,000km.
It is the first time the popular reality TV show has pitted two countries against each other.
The Amazing Race Australia v New Zealand will be hosted by Outrageous Fortune star Grant Bowler and will air on TV2 later this month.
The Kiwi teams include Tauranga friends Hereni Fulton and Carla Beazley, Christchurch siblings Emily and Jono Trenberth, friends John Gbenda-Charles and Murray Roeske, and friends Christie Orr and Aston Garratt.
Carla Beazley said, "I'm stoked to be representing not only New Zealand, but also Bay of Plenty, Maori and mums. I still find it hard to believe I've been given this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - Tumeke!"
The Kiwis can join forces to take down the Aussies but only one couple can claim the $250,000.
For each leg, the last team to finish could face elimination. The team that finishes the final leg first wins the competition.