The first stop on my road trip around the North Island was Te Mata Peak. This is the view north from the top of the peak at nearly 400 metres above sea level. In the foreground is Te Mata Peak Road winding up the mountain. This is the one road up and down the mountain for cars. At the top there is parking for around 20 cars. In the distance is Havelock North, a suburb of Hastings. I had intended to walk up the mountain. There are many hiking and biking trails. It takes at least 2 hours to do the walk. On the day this was taken I didn’t have the time as I wanted to explore more of the near by towns and villages.