Watch every day Australian’s take a shot at winning the gruelling obstacle course. But how?
Well today we’ll show you how to watch Australian Ninja Warrior live and on demand in New Zealand.
What is Australian Ninja Warrior?
Australian Ninja Warrior is a televised sports entertainment competition, which displays hundreds of participants competing against one another in a series of increasingly difficult obstacles to be crowned ‘Australia’s Ninja Warrior’ and awarded a cash prize for the season.
It is a spin off of the Japanese TV Show Sasuke, the edited version of which is titled ‘Ninja Warrior’ and premieres in 18 countries worldwide. Australian Ninja Warrior first aired on July 9, 2017 and has since aired 31 episodes across 3 seasons.
The format of the show is similar in nature to the Japanese version, where a variety of different obstacle types are laid out throughout a single course.
The series is presented by Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham & Freddie Flintoff, who act as the play by play announcers for the show while the ninjas are manoeuvring the obstacles.
How It Works?
There were 50 participants in the first season, which took place on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, initially competing in five heats for qualification, with the 18 best performers from each heat progressing to the semifinals.
Three semifinals took place, with the top 7 competitors moving on to the Grand Final. The Grand Final was split into two stages, and each of the 9 competitors finished stage one successfully, but none were able to complete stage two.
By the end, ninja Fred Dorrington was the highest on the ladder, for he had managed to make it the furthest during stage two. The obstacles throughout the stage were of particular difficulty, such as the Rope Jungle, Salmon Ladder, Crazy Cliffhanger and the Floating Boards.
The second season took place in the same location as the first, across 12 episodes. However, there were 300 participants in the second season, eclipsing the 50 of the first.
The 300 ninjas were split into 6 heats, the top 20 of each making their way to the semifinals. Four semifinal events took place, and the top 8 finishers of each qualified for the Grand Finals.
Much like the first season, many managed to make it past stage one, but failed on stage two.
The obstacle that most had difficulty with was the Salmon Ladder, which involves the contestants having to utilise their momentum and an extraordinary amount of upper-body strength to climb the ladder, by raising the bar from rung to rung.
The ‘Last Ninja Standing’ award was given to Rob Patterson, who managed to make it to the Unstable Bridge with the most time remaining before failing.
Watching Australia Ninja Warrior
The viewership of the show has varied across the three seasons. The premiere season of the show saw 1.68 million viewers, with over 2 million for the series finale, leading a season average of roughly 1.7 million.
However, the second season reached barely half of this, with less than one million for both the season premiere and the season average.
The third season of the show’s viewers saw a minor increase, but as of the time of writing, have yet to have the average viewership publicly released.
Watch Australia Ninja Warrior NZ
Currently this show isn’t being broadcast in New Zealand.
The show is available on Channel 9 in Australia.
Thankfully with the help of a premium VPN provider you can get an Australian IP address and watch using 9Now.com.au, a free to signup and watch platform sponsored by ads.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To fool the 9Now website into thinking you’re in Australia then you can buy a VPN and choose an Australian server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $10.95 per month or $2.88 on a subscription.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing Channel 10. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to go to your 9Now and watch the live episode or on demand content instantly.
It’s 100% free to create an account. When asked for a postcode enter a random 4 digit one.
Step 4: Start Watching Ninja Warrior
Search for the race in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.