The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions south of Auckland have small pockets of vineyard plantings scattered amidst rolling farmland.
Wine styles are focused mainly on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, with Sauvignon Blanc occupying third place.
The region enjoys a moderately warm climate by New Zealand standards. Waikato soils are made up of heavy loams over clay subsoils. Bay of Plenty has a coastal influence.