An agricultural and historical display park, the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum was established in 1977. It was founded by the people of Gore and Eastern Southland to protect the history of the local area.
The main attractions in the village include: The Pavilion with its extensive display of vintage farm tractors, machinery and implements, a fully restored and road worthy 1904 Burrell Traction engine that has lived all its life in the Southland area, The Mandeville Anglican Church which is available for hire for small weddings, funerals, and baptisms and can seat up to 60 guests, the hand-winch Kingston Crane which was retrieved from the bottom of lake Wakatipu and fully restored, the Pioneer Cottage from 1883 and its inventory of memorabilia, the Ferndale School which displays typical educational paraphernalia of the times, the Old Balfour Bank building, the Open Shed which houses a number of wooden drays, and the McNab Smithy which displays blacksmith memorabilia and has a fully functional forge.
As well as multiple historic buildings, displays of vintage vehicles and implements, and displays of interesting early memorabilia, the park also includes a wildlife pond and a waterwheel - the perfect spot for a picnic.
- Culture & Heritage
- Outdoor Activities
- Historic Building
- Family Friendly
- Wedding Venues
- Event Venues