Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

A nationally significant museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand’s civil aviation heritage – both the stories of pioneer aviators and their equally colourful machines.  The collection includes the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the Southern Hemisphere.

It is unique in that nearly all of the aircraft on display actually fly. Flights are available to the public. Many of the aircraft on display have been restored and are maintained by the Mandeville-based Croydon Aircraft Company.

Location: 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville.

Open hours:

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Saturday & Sunday, 11.00am to 3.00pm

Public holidays: Waitangi Day, Queens Birthday, Labour Day, 11.00am to 3.00pm

Closed: Good Friday, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Standard admission:                                       $10

Student (with ID0 & senior citizens          $7.50

Groups 10 +                                                        $7.50

Children (12 and under)                                                FREE

(Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times)


Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Celebrating Gore’s illicit whiskey making heritage... Gore’s settlers were Scottish and brought with them the whiskey making craft. In the days of prohibition they took to the hills and an interesting game of cat and mouse ensued with the local constabulary – now etched into folklore.

The museum features dioramas of historic stills, and visitors get to sample a wee dram on the way out. Hokonui moonshine can be purchased at the Gore Visitor Centre.

The Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival is held every second year. The next festival is on 18 March 2017.

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore

Open hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.

Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Sunday 1.00pm - 3.30pm


Adult                                     $5

Senior citizens                   $4.50

Under 18 years                 FREE



Mataura Museum

This tiny, award winning museum brings Mataura’s rich social and industrial heritage to life.

The Museum is based in an 1880s Cottage and showcases the Mataura Paper Mill and Freezing Works with displays and using touch screens.

The year it opened (2015), it was named joint best project winner at the New Zealand Museum Awards.

Location: 68 Kana Street, Mataura

Open hours:

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

Admission                           FREE (donations welcome)



Eastern Southland Gallery

Nic-named the Goreggenheim by Saatchi & Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts, this Gallery features permanent exhibitions of national and international note as well as touring exhibitions. The John Money Collection, gifted to the Gallery in 2003, is a large body of New Zealand, Australian, African and American works of art, collected by NZ academic Dr John Money. The Ralph Hotere Gallery is one of the largest Hotere collections in the country.

Locatoin: 14 Hokonui Drive, Gore

Open hours:

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Closed:  Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day

Gallery Location

Eastern Southland Gallery,
Corner Hokonui Drive & Norfolk Street,
Gore, New Zealand (opposite Visitor
Information Centre near clock tower)

Phone: 0064 3 208 9907

Admission: FREE (donations appreciated)


Hokonui Pioneer Village

This park was established in 1977 to protect the history of the local area.

As well as a wildlife pond, perfect for kids to feed the ducks, there are several historic buildings, including a church with a lychgate, an old bank, a pioneer cottage, an early school and a blacksmith. Inside the complex are displays of vintage tractors and cars and agricultural implements – many of which hare fully restore. There is ample car and bus parking available on the grounds.

Location: 67 Waimea Street, Gore

Open hours:

Open 7 days, 2.00pm to 4.00pm (or by arrangement ph. 03 208 1161 or 03 2089998)


Adults $5, Children $1, Preschoolers FREE

Dolamore Park

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Gore is the stunning Dolamore Park. It’s the perfect camping spot for a relaxing break away from it all, or to base yourself to explore Gore, Central Otago and Southland. The park is the start point for walking tracks and there is a new 6km mountain biking through native bush close by. A playground within the park features a flying fox and there are coin operated barbecues. The park is equipped with 22 powered sites and a dump station for motorhomes. More information: download park brochure.


Fly Fishing

Gore is a brown trout fly fishing mecca. During the season, international visitors flock to the region to find their perfect secluded fishing spot. There are a number of professional fly fishing guides in the District.



Make sure you stop for a selfie at Gore’s many iconic statues before leaving town. We have the trout statue, the country music Hands of Fame statue close by and the ram statue, down main street.



Motorhome Friendly Gore

Gore achieved Motorhome Friendly status in 2014 and has free parking for motorhomes close to town, dump stations and several locations with powered sites. Dolamore Park, just 10 minutes’ drive from Gore is the ideal overnight camping site set in stunning native bush with walks and mountain biking available.

Overnight Parking

Dolamore Park - 11km west of Gore. Beautiful native bush

setting. Walking tracks, mountain biking and playground.

Basic toilet and shower facilities. Dump station.

22 powered sites. $10 adults. $2 children (5 and over).


Gore A & P Showgrounds - Bury Street, Gore.

$10 per site (powered) $5 (non powered).Toilet and shower

facilities available. Laundry facilities available at a small

charge. Dump station available. 40 powered sites.


Gore Town & Country Club - 9 Bury Street, Gore.

No dump station. 14 sites available.

Fees:$8 per powered site.


Gore Motor Camp - 35 Broughton Street, Gore.

Laundry and shower facilities available. Dump station.

Powered sites: $15 (adult). $10 (Children 10+)

$5 (under 10). Non powered $15 (single) or $12.50 p.p.


Clock Tower Lane - Free parking space for

self-contained vehicles only.


Daytime Parking

Eccles Street - opposite the playground

Ardwick Street - next to Gore Gardens and opposite

the Presbyterian Church



• Dolamore Park

• A and P Showgrounds

• Gore Motorcamp

• Standalone dump station in Richmond Street, adjacent to

the children’s cycle park. This is recommended for use

by motorhomes with tanks on the left hand side of their

vehicle only.

Water available at dump stations


More info :



Gore & Eastern Southland guides and brochures

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Bularangi Tapanui Lodge is a holiday rental set in the rural heart of New Zealand's Southland. At the edge of the forest and at the foothills of the Blue…
Twin River cottages provides quality accommodation on a working farm just five minutes’ drive from the town of Gore, in the heart of Southland. An upmarket…
We welcome your visit to West Otago and our small, friendly motor camp. Pets are welcome and teenagers are tolerated. Tapanui is an ideal location for your…
Bell’s Retreat Cottage has a well-equipped kitchen with all the modern cooking conveniences one would expect, including fridge, microwave and dishwasher. The…
Riversdale Hotel boasts a public bar, lounge bar, restaurant, cafe & takeaways. Outdoor courtyard in which to soak up the sun, gaming room, TAB, bottle…
Gore Motor Camp is set in park-like surroundings & is well signposted off SH1. A friendly park, handy to excellent brown trout fishing on famous Mataura…
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD The Three Rivers catering and accommodation is leased by Pania Dirom. The restaurant can seat up to 50 people. Sunday lunches (other…
We are located at 40 Charlton Lane, which runs parallel to S.H.1 on the south side of Gore, Southland, New Zealand.  We are located in one of the world’s best…
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…
The Lodge consists of 1 Queen and 3 Twin spacious bedrooms with separate shower, bath and toilet. Sunny lounge and dining room, including a full breakfast.…
This Gore Accommodation in Southland is unique, a Country Estate Retreat with tranquil Native Bush outlook and Mountainous environment. Your Gore Bed &…
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. Our…
MOTELS The Pioneer Tavern has 6 motel units available Single, Double and Twin rooms are available from $120.00 Extra guests - $20.00 Family rates and long…
Heartland Hotel Croydon is situated on 13 acres of park-like grounds on the edge of Gore. This is the perfect place to experience a genuine Southland retreat,…
Welcome to the Wyndham Camping Ground. Great facilities surrounded by sports options galore! On the back door of The Catlins. Cabins Powered sites Unpowered…
Charlton Motel is a well established, attractive, clean and family friendly motel in the town of Gore in the south of the South Island of New Zealand. It's…
Kowhai Place is a high quality B&B located in Gore, in the south of the South Island of New Zealand. We are right on the banks of the Mataura River, so…
A great place to stay. The Waikaia Motels are situated next door to the Hotel and are run together. The Motels have four spacious modern studio units, with…
Esplanade Motels is situated in East Gore, close to the Longford function centre, Hamilton Park and the Mataura River, within easy walking distance of the main…
Welcome to Mainholm Country Lodge, Sandi and Graham’s lovingly restored Victorian homestead in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Mainholm was originally…
Wentworth Heights luxury Bed & Breakfast / Homestay accommodation located in Gore, Southland, New Zealand, is only 2 minutes drive from the Mataura River…
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The Museum has collections of historic items relative to the Wyndham area including sheep farming, dairy farming, dairy factories, horseracing, fishing,…
A 30 acre private garden, nursery, aviary, woodland and wetland set in the rolling green countryside of Southland, South Island, New Zealand. Home to a large…
It's a well kept secret but New Zealand is one of the best off road driving destinations in the world and certainly one of the most easily accessible.  If you…
This is a privately owned collection of vintage machinery, tractors and an early history of Wyndham and Districts, Displays on the first families, newspaper…
Custom tied trout flies and guided trout fishing on the world's best dry fly brown trout fishing river, the famous Mataura River in Southland, New Zealand. …
Located 11km from Gore at the south-west end of the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, on the lower slopes of the Hokonui Hills, Dolamore Park offers something for…
The Gore District's colourful history of illicit whiskey making and consumption is celebrated in this unique museum, located in Gore heritage precinct. By…
A short testing 9-hole layout featuring 7 par four and 2 par three holes. You will be very fortunate to reduce your handicap on your first visit to this course…
One of the finest 18 hole Golf courses in the lower South Island - Excellent Golf all year-round at a reasonable price. The Gore Golf Club was established in…
Centrally located.  In the middle of nowhere. Hukarere is a natural playground for Hunters, Mountain Bikers, Fisherman and Trampers. A few good mates wanting…
Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track. Although relatively short in distance, this Grade 3 challenge track, winds…
Dolamore Park is particularly spectacular in summer with the crimson rata flowers in bloom and offers a lovely walking options, complete with children's…
Southland Fly Fishing Explorer This Southland fly fishing expedition allows you to get right into the heart of some of the best sight fly fishing in the South…
Bunny’s speciality is knowing the secret places of all the Mataura River, where the wily and elusive Mataura brown trout can be found, and sharing these magic…
A testing 9-hole layout. A relatively young course that continues to mature each year as the trees gain height. If you enjoy playing 9-hole courses this is one…
Located in Gore's town belt, this was Gore's original public garden. The land was set aside in 1874 but not laid out until 1906 by David Tannock, of Dunedin,…
This is a testing 9-hole course with water and trees playing a big part in the outcome of your game. A number of dogleg holes require layup shots off the tee…
InterCity is New Zealand’s largest passenger transport network who have been transporting Kiwis and international visitors for more than 30 years. InterCity…
Bannerman Park was named in 1977 in honour of Mr R B Bannerman, whose foresight helped procure extra land for the park. Known as the Hidden Valley, the land…
Guided brown trout fly fishing on the Mataura River, Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Dry Fly or Nymph fishing, you will not be disappointed. Uncrowded rivers,…
This beautiful gallery features the international art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money, a large body of artwork by leading contemporary…