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.
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
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.
Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm
Sunday 1.00pm - 3.30pm
Senior citizens $4.50
Under 18 years FREE
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
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
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
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 7 days, 2.00pm to 4.00pm (or by arrangement ph. 03 208 1161 or 03 2089998)
Adults $5, Children $1, Preschoolers FREE
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.
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.
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.
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
Water available at dump stations