Gore District

Be amazed at what the Gore District has to offer. Locals are the first to admit, rural Southland is the last place you might expect such a considerable mix of cultural and historic nuggets.

Culture and heritage are major drawcards for the southern rural town of Gore. Visitors are often impressed with the modern facilities and ‘city advantages’ available in this rural setting. The town, famous for its country music, illicit whiskey making and brown trout fishing, is also a growing hub of history, heritage and artwork. Surrounding Gore are a variety of small towns like Mataura, Waikaia and Mandeville, that serve their roles in rural communities while telling the stories of their industrial past.

Hokonui Moonshine Whiskey

Eastern Southland Gallery

The international art collection of Dr John Money relocated from Baltimore, Maryland USA boasts over 300 works of art. A collection of over 60 pieces of work by leading contemporary New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere and innovative exhibition programme make the ‘Goreggenheim’ Gallery a must do.

Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Tracing back 130 years, this museum explores the illicit moonshine whiskey distilling in the Hokonui hills. The multi-media story shares how the local moonshiners coped during prohibition and how Kiwi ingenuity tried to overcome the efforts of the local constabulary.

Experience Mandeville

New Zealand’s oldest aerodrome lets visitors enjoy its collection and see the restoration work of some of New Zealand’s most historic planes. For the budding flying ace, you can have an aerial view of Southland on a flight in one of their classic collection.

Fly Fishing

Cast a line in the Mataura River which is world renowned for its famous large brown trout. Follow up with a visit to the Gore Museum which hosts a collection of fishing memorabilia since its popularity grew in district in 1870’s.

Dolamore Park

Take a break with this spectacular park on the Hokonui hills. A great place to take an easy hike through native bush, let the children play on the local activities, wander through gardens or relax in the sun with a picnic. For the garden enthusiast Gore features a number of historic gardens.



Things to see and do around the Gore District



Southland is a place of many memorable features. Eight heritage trails have been developed that navigate and tell the story of Southland combing the majestic physical environment, the people, the culture and the rich history.

Invercargill is home to many heritage buildings

Food and Drink

Whether it’s Bluff Oysters or blue cod accompanied by a delicious craft beer, sampling Southland’s local cuisine is sure to re-energize a food lover's palate.

Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Mainholm Country Lodge is a lovingly restored Victorian homestead in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island.

Heartland Hotel Croydon is situated on 13 acres of park-like grounds on the edge of Gore.

Wentworth Heights luxury Bed & Breakfast / Homestay accommodation located in Gore, Southland, New Zealand, is only 2 minutes drive from the Mataura River - offering some of the best dry fly wild brown trout fishin

Looking for some great southern hospitality in a private and rural setting? Come and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Hokonui Hills and farmland from every room of our modern and warm home.

Bularangi Tapanui Lodge is a holiday rental set in the rural heart of New Zealand's Southland.

Quality Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Gore. 
Enjoy the lovely peaceful rural outlook of our property set in Gore, in the heart of the Southern region.

The district Kaiwera is named after the freshwater water food abundantly gathered by the early Maori and where anglers of all experience can fish in the many rivers and streams in the area.

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A short testing 9-hole layout featuring 7 par four and 2 par three holes.

A village type museum with the main display building housing predominantly vintage farm machinery from the mid 19th century.

Eastern Southland Art Gallery Eastern Southland Gallery features the international art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money, and a large body of artwork by leading contemporary artist Ralph Hotere.

Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fly design is the driving force behind Stu's visions and goals in life.

The World's Most Exciting Fly Fishing Trips!

This beautiful gallery features the international art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money, a large body of artwork by leading contemporary artist Ralph Hotere and a programme of changing exhibitions.<

Dolamore Park is particularly spectacular in summer with the crimson rata flowers in bloom and offers a lovely walking options, complete with children's playground and picnic area.

This is a testing 9-hole course with water and trees playing a big part in the outcome of your game.

Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track.

This Heritage Trail is designed for visitors wishing to undertake a walking tour of historic sites within the town of Gore.