The Merida Big Trail sports a plus size wheel and a great build kit for the price. It's an agressive trail hardtail with a much smaller pricetag than some of the more boutique brands, but without sacrificing on spec, and in some cases exceeding the spec level of more expensive bikes in this catgory.
$2299 w/ Dropper post
The Marin Hawk Hill is such an understated bike this year. Built with a much more aggressive geometry than many of it's 120mm travel counterparts. With a 67.5" head-angle this bike is a capable descender as well as climber.
Shop Models from Rocket Bikes Tauranga come with a dropper post fitted also.