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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Welcome to the Wyndham Camping Ground. Great facilities surrounded by sports options galore! On the back door of The Catlins. Cabins Powered sites Unpowered…
Welcome to ASURE Oakleigh Motel, Gore, New Zealand affordable and spacious accommodation on a quiet rear site, conveniently located close to the town centre…
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…
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…
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…
Bell’s Retreat Cottage has a well-equipped kitchen with all the modern cooking conveniences one would expect, including fridge, microwave and dishwasher. The…
Welcome to the Balfour Tavern and Motel. Located in the heart of Northern Southland, we offer an awesome relaxing experience. Surrounded by fertile farm land,…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
This Gore Accommodation in Southland is unique, a Country Estate Retreat with tranquil Native Bush outlook and Mountainous environment. Your Gore Bed &…
Wentworth Heights luxury Bed & Breakfast / Homestay accommodation located in Gore, Southland, New Zealand, is only 2 minutes drive from the Mataura River…
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 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…
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…
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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…
Eastern Southland Art Gallery Eastern Southland Gallery features the international art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money, and a large body…
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…
Dolamore Park is particularly spectacular in summer with the crimson rata flowers in bloom and offers a lovely walking options, complete with children's…
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…
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…
The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre houses mostly aircraft from the 1920s and 30s, including the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern…
This is a privately owned collection of vintage machinery, tractors and an early history of Wyndham and Districts, Displays on the first families, newspaper…
Paul Macandrew, Owner and Head Guide I am a Wanaka based fly fishing guide, and member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA).  I…
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…
The Museum has collections of historic items relative to the Wyndham area including sheep farming, dairy farming, dairy factories, horseracing, fishing,…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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,…
Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track. Although relatively short in distance, this Grade 3 challenge track, winds…
This beautiful gallery features the international art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money, a large body of artwork by leading contemporary…
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…
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…