Race to Survive: New Zealand how to watch, teams, rules, challenges, prize and more!

RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND -- "Water and Ice" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Paulson, Rhandi Ohrme -- (Photo by: Daniel Allen/USA Network)
RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND -- "Water and Ice" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Paulson, Rhandi Ohrme -- (Photo by: Daniel Allen/USA Network) /

Competition series enthusiasts, gather round! While The Amazing Race has finished its run for the year, and Survivor 46 is about to finale (May 22), that doesn't mean we're going to be out of programs that showcase contestants roughing it and beating feet to a finish line. USA Network has a series that's right up your alley and it's premiering Monday, May 20 at 11 p.m. ET. It's called Race to Survive: New Zealand.

As the title makes clear, the competition is set in beautiful New Zealand, specifically 150 miles of the country's roughest terrain. Nine teams of two will be braving the elements for a chance to win the $500,000 grand prize. According to the press release, "strength and speed alone won’t be enough to win," the contestants that beat out the other teams will be the ones with the most willpower and have kept their wits about them. If you're looking to tune into the series, here's what you need to know!

How to watch Race to Survive: New Zealand

As noted above, the program airs Mondays on USA Network at 11 p.m. ET starting May 20. You'll need either a cable or streaming TV provider with access to the channel if you'd like to watch it live. For the latter, Fubo TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV all have access to USA Network depending on your region and subscription plan.

Can you stream on Peacock?

Yes, Race to Survive: New Zealand will be available to stream for Peacock subscribers. However, because it's a USA Network series, you can't use the platform to watch the show live. Instead, new episodes will be available to stream 7 days after they air on the channel.

Race to Survive: New Zealand - Season 2
RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND -- "Water and Ice" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rhandi Ohrme, Ashley Paulson -- (Photo by: Daniel Allen/USA Network) /


There are a total of nine teams competing in this season. The contestants are not novices. Among them are smoke jumpers, river guides, and mountain climbers. Their particular skillsets are what's going to give them an edge during the competition but brawn isn't the only factor that must be considered with Race to Survive: New Zealand. Endurance, ingenuity, creativity, willpower, and courage will all play a role in who earns the crown and wins the grand prize.

  • Rhandi Orme (40) and Ashley Paulson (42): Endurance athletes and mothers from Utah
  • Mikhail Martin (33) and Steffen Jean-Pierre (35): Climbers from New York
  • Creighton Baird (34) and Paulina Peña (31): Daredevils and divorcees from Salt Lake City, UT
  • Bronsen Iverson (20) and Ryan Stewart (43): Son and father-in-law duo from Utah
  • Oliver Dev (29) and Spencer “Corry” Jones (26): River guides from Wyoming
  • Donald “Jeff” Watterson Jr. (46) and Coree Woltering (33): Ultramarathoning friends from Indiana and Tennessee
  • Ethan Greenberg (32) and Tyrie Mann Merrill (28): Airborne firefighters from Boston, MA and Reno, NV.
  • Emilio Navarro (56) and Heather Sischo (42): Rhode Island racers
  • Nikola “Nik” Milutinovic (37) and Kennedy Taylor (26): Oil rig workers from Alberta, Canada
Race to Survive: New Zealand - Season 2
RACE TO SURVIVE: NEW ZEALAND -- "Water and Ice" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Cast -- (Photo by: Daniel Allen/USA Network) /

Race to Survive: New Zealand rules and challenges

Put simply, the season will be split into legs as this will be a long, arduous journey for the contestants. They'll be traversing ancient caves and frigid alpine summits all while foraging for their own food and sourcing the water they'll need for survival. Not only will the land be foreign to them all, it'll also contain elements that some of the contestants may have never encountered before because of where they are from. This is certain to add to the strain their bodies and their minds will be put through for the duration of their time in the competition.

Speaking of time, this is an actual race. Each elimination will be determined by which team crosses the finish line last by the end of each leg. What's sure to cause disruption, potential injury, and tension between the contestants is that the fastest route to each finish line may not be the safest. Choosing the long way could put teams behind but choosing the quickest path may result in unforeseen circumstances that put a pair in last place anyway. One thing about Race to Survive, the competition is designed to test the contestants' spirit. Who comes out on top may not be who you think.

New episodes of Race to Survive: New Zealand air Mondays at 11 p.m. ET on USA Network. Next day streaming is available on Peacock.