Bond was born in Dunedin. He was a member of the gold medal-winning coxless fours at the 2007 World Rowing Championships. He was a member of the men's coxless four which won the B final at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The following year, he and Eric Murray won the coxless pairs at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Bond and Murray together won the team of the year award at the 2009 New Zealand Halberg sports awards.
Bond and Murray continued to row together in the coxless pairs and competed at the World Cup Series and at the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand 2010. They won all 4 of these international races. They won their 2nd world title together in front of a passionate home crowd. Bond describes racing in front of a home crowd as a "once in a lifetime experience". Bond and Murray continued their undefeated streak, winning gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships. Bond and Murray had a long running rivalry with the British pair of Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge. The British pair have won silver in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
They have also won the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup for Men's Senior Pairs at the Henley Royal Regatta consecutively in 2009 and 2010 and then again in 2013.
At the 2012 London Olympic Games Bond and Murray took six seconds off the world record of 6:08.5 in their heat for the men's coxless pair. In the Olympic final they surged into the lead after the 500 meter mark to win the gold medal in 6:16.65 by open water. France edged Great Britain for the silver in 6:21.11 v. Great Britain's time of 6:21.77. The victory capped an undefeated streak that began when Murray and Bond began racing the pair internationally in 2009.
Outside of rowing, Bond is a keen cyclist. In 2009, he raced at elite level in New Zealand alongside fellow Olympian Sam Bewley, competing in the six-day Tour of Southland for the Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery team. The team's Heath Blackgrove won the 2009 event. Bond competed in the 2016 Tour of Southland.
In November 2016, Bond announced that he would take a break from rowing in 2017, and concentrate on cycling instead. In his first attempt at the national time trials in January 2017 he finished in third place, then went to win a bronze medal in the Oceania Championships.
In August 2017, Bond was named in the national team for the 2017 World Championships, to be held in Norway in September 2017.
In 2010 Bond and Murray were nominated for team of the year at the Halberg Awards which was won by the All Whites.
Bond was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours, for his services to rowing.
Bond boarded at Otago Boys' High School, having joined the year after former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw left. He graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree (major in finance) and a Graduate Diploma in financial planning.