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.

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Gore & Eastern Southland guides and brochures

Attractions
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Things to see and do around the Gore District

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Heritage
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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.

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Invercargill is home to many heritage buildings
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Food and Drink
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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.

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Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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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…
Excellent place to take a break from it all with delicious food, comfortable beds and friendly hosts. Cold Beers at the bar. In house Restaurant 7-days a week…
This Gore Accommodation in Southland is unique, a Country Estate Retreat with tranquil Native Bush outlook and Mountainous environment. Your Gore Bed &…
Bell’s Retreat Cottage has a well-equipped kitchen with all the modern cooking conveniences one would expect, including fridge, microwave and dishwasher. The…
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…
There are 64 sites that have power and there is an abundance of tent sites.  The camping ground is open from 1st October (when the fishing season starts) until…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Located in Riversdale, The Hub is a refurbished old style hotel with modern facilities. Its 'backpacker' type accommodation provides a warm intimate atmosphere…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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.…
Welcome to the Wyndham Camping Ground. Great facilities surrounded by sports options galore! On the back door of The Catlins. Cabins Powered sites Unpowered…
Riversdale Hotel boasts a public bar, lounge bar, restaurant, cafe & takeaways. Outdoor courtyard in which to soak up the sun, gaming room, TAB, bottle…
Make our Gore motel your base while visiting Southland.  We are proud to offer you convenient, clean, comfortable and warm accommodation in Gore . The complex…
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…
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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…
The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre houses mostly aircraft from the 1920s and 30s, including the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern…
Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track. Although relatively short in distance, this Grade 3 challenge track, winds…
This is a privately owned collection of vintage machinery, tractors and an early history of Wyndham and Districts, Displays on the first families, newspaper…
Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fly design is the driving force behind Stu's visions and goals in life. From the age of 9 years Stu was attending and…
The Park was established in 1977. It was founded by the people of Gore and Eastern Southland to protect the history of the local area.  The original land was…
The Gore District's colourful history of illicit whiskey making and consumption is celebrated in this unique museum, located in Gore heritage precinct. By…
This Heritage Trail is designed for visitors wishing to undertake a walking tour of historic sites within the town of Gore. Established as a rural service…
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…
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,…
Born and raised in Southland and presently living in Gore, I have always lived only a short distance from some of the best trout rivers in the world. These…
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…
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,…
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…
In rural Southland, New Zealand, lies one of the country’s gems. At Mandeville the golden age of flight, the 1920s and 30s, can be relived. See the craft of…
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…
The Museum has collections of historic items relative to the Wyndham area including sheep farming, dairy farming, dairy factories, horseracing, fishing,…
Centrally located.  In the middle of nowhere. Hukarere is a natural playground for Hunters, Mountain Bikers, Fisherman and Trampers. A few good mates wanting…
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…
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. …
The World's Most Exciting Fly Fishing Trips! Prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate Fly Fishing experience with New Zealand Guided Fly…