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Villa Maria Regions
01. Auckland
02. Gisborne
03. Hawkes Bay
04. Marlborough

38.6500° S
178.0000° E


The region covers 8,355km2, is located in the northeastern corner of the North island and is also referred to as the East Cape or East Coast.


The population of the region is 46,8000 (June 2012), with almost three quarters of those living in the city of Gisborne.

2200 HRS

Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2,200 hours.


The region's annual rainfall varies from about 1,000mm near the coast to over 2,500mm in the higher inland country.


Temperatures of 38°C have been recorded and an average 65 days a year reach a maximum of over 24°C. Gisborne has bountiful sunshine, but it can also suffer from frequent autumn rainfall.


Gisborne's climate is generally characterised by warm summers and mild winters. Gisborne has bountiful sunshine but it can also suffer from frequent autumn rainfall.

Grape Varietals

The key grape varietals grown in Gisborne include those that need plenty of sunshine but ripen early on in the autumn, like Chardonnay. This us the varietal most planted by Villa Maria Estate in the Gisborne region