Situated south of Auckland there are four boutique wineries in this principally farmland region. The varieties produced are Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Waikato is home to the Middle-Earth movie magic. Take a tour of the preserved movie set, or a balloon ride, visit the Waitomo Caves for an underground thrill and watch out for Hobbits on your way to the cellar doors.