The Biggest Loser

Host Hayley Lewis along with trainers Michelle Bridges, Shannan Ponton and The Commando brought the reality show's notorious Fears Week to New Zealand.

The Biggest Loser – The Next Generation zeroed in on the physical and mental journey of generations wanting to become better role models for their families and their quest for better living and a happier, healthier life.

During the eighth season of The Biggest Loser, nine two-person teams set out to win the AUD$200,000 prize. The final four teams visited New Zealand, heading south to the picturesque Queenstown region.

Queenstown is New Zealand’s #1 adventure destination, renowned for adrenalin thrills, spectacular scenery and luxury style. Here contestants faced their fears and reflected on their incredible weight loss journey to date.

Fears Week

Following an exciting heli-jump, Fears Week swung into action with The Nevis Swing challenge. After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, contestants found themselves rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph.

Adrenalin thrills and breathtaking scenery came together again as contestants set off on their rafting adventure - it wouldn’t be Fears Week without a thrilling rafting experience. Rafting covers the full adventure spectrum, so if you’re up for an exciting and memorable holiday check out Queenstown Rafting.

Teams stepped it up a gear as they took to their mountain bikes, pedalling themselves to the limit whilst taking in their stunning surrounds. For mountain bikers, Queenstown has trails for all skill levels and Vertigo Mountain Bikes offers a range of guided and self-guided tours. They then took to the water with Queenstown Sea Kayaks for a challenge that got hearts pumping and arms moving. 

Contestants discovered that canyoning is the ultimate adrenalin adventure. They leaped off waterfalls, slid down rocks and journeyed through spectacular forest and river landscapes. Canyoning uses every part of the body and requires all kinds of skills - scrambling, climbing, jumping, sliding, abseiling, swimming and shouting "yee-haa" as often as you dare. Visitors to New Zealand can experience this for themselves on a guided tour with Queenstown Canyoning.

One lucky team also won the chance to spend a luxurious night at Matakauri Lodge, an exclusive retreat spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu. New Zealand offers a great choice of luxurious lodge and hotel accommodation, with an endless range of indoor and outdoor activities for guests.

Something for everyone

Queenstown’s stunning scenery, high-end recreational activities, and luxury accommodation attract international celebrities and discerning travellers.

You can hire a helicopter and fly to a remote alpine location for a champagne picnic, play golf on a range of world-class courses, or charter a private yacht for fishing.

With six golf courses within a 25-minute radius of the town centre, Queenstown is gaining a reputation as an internationally renowned golf destination. In the picture-perfect setting of a glacial valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains near Queenstown, The Hills is not only one of the most dramatic golf courses in New Zealand, but also the most challenging.

Queenstown is a celebrated winter destination with several ski areas, lively ski culture and winter festivals attracting large crowds to the vibrant resort town.

Exploring the Southern Lakes region

New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region - a sweeping landscape of mountains, alpine lakes, wilderness valleys and coastal fiords - is renowned as one of the most diverse and spectacular regions in the world.

It encompasses the tranquil alpine beauty of Wanaka, the international four-season resort of Queenstown and Fiordland’s wild coastal landscapes, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

The region offers a diverse blend of adventure tourism, family holidays and accessible wilderness experiences, along with exclusive luxury lodges and fine dining to match the world-class wines produced in the vineyards of Central Otago.

Top activities include skiing and snowboarding, cycling, wine trails and walking the famed Milford Track.

South Island must-do’s

After discovering Queenstown and its surrounds, don’t leave the South Island without experiencing the following:

  • The Otago Central Rail Trail, in the central South Island - New Zealand’s most popular cycling trail. The three-day journey through 150km of memorable scenery and gold mining history will take your breath away.
  • Check out New Zealand’s beautiful garden city, Christchurch. Take a stroll through the Canterbury Museum, enjoy a spot of shopping at the vibrant Re:Start Mall or explore the views at the Christchurch Gondola.
  • Just a three hour drive west from Christchurch through the spectacular Arthurs Pass, pilot a quad bike through the native forest with On Yer Bike tours, savour a whitebait fritter, or hike one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, on the wild West Coast.
  • At the top of the South Island you will find one of New Zealand’s sunniest cities, Nelson. Nelson is a creative hub based in a stunning setting that is every nature lovers’ dream. Kayak through Abel Tasman National Park, cycle through native bush or sit back and relax while enjoying New Zealand’s finest Sauvignon Blanc and fresh seafood.

Previously on The Biggest Loser

New Zealand has featured in three seasons of the major reality TV show The Biggest Loser prior to the current series.

It was during season five that The Biggest Loser trainers and contestants last visited New Zealand shores. Contestants explored Auckland and The Bay of Islands, canyoning with AWOL Adventures and sailing the iconic R. Tucker Thompson.


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