I forwent my plan to go to Coromandel because it is labor day weekend, and I have it on good authority that half the population of Auckland floods there on any school/work break.
Instead, I made my way toward Tauranga. I have been seeing some fantastic things lately, and am getting to the point where the impressiveness is lost on me. As such, I will plant in this region and look for a Kiwifruit picking job. I think it will be good to work for a few weeks to make traveling feel now again.
In the meantime, I made it to the Dickey Flats DoC campsite. Nearby, there is a mountain you can summit called Karangahake. The hike up to the summit from the flats took about an hour and a half.
This little trophy awaits you at the summit.
The view from the top is lovely, offering a 360° view of the area.
My favorite part of these hikes had been the creeks.