Things to do in Gore

Things to do in GoreGore has always been a garden town. Visitors routinely remark on the colourful municipal gardens and immaculately tended green areas. These attracts tour groups and admirers from afar. A bird aviary is located at one end.

Bannerman Park

On the north hillside of the town is another fine garden. It provides a wonderful walk.

Maple Glen

The world famous gardens at Wyndham, 40 min drive from Gore.

Dolamore Park

95 ha. podocarp forest with walkways, playgrounds and camping facilities. These facilities are found at the foot of the legendary Hokonui Hills, all 15 minutes drive from Gore.

As well as the numerous garden delights, there are the following;


Our local river, the Mataura, is reputed to be the best brown trout fishing river in the world. Locals are only too happy to share it with you. Match wits with one of the wily local trout. There are other excellent fishing waters nearby. For a memorable day on the river you could engage the services of a knowledgeable local guide.

Hokonui Pioneer Village and Muesum

Agricultural & Historical Display Centre.     Waimea Street, North Gore
A model historic town with cottage, bank, church and school. It's vintage machinery museum contains a variety of tools and machines of yesteryear.. Open 7 days 2-4pm. Group Bookings available 

Eastern Southland Gallery - Our nationally famous art gallery.

A community cultural centre which hosts exhibitions, performances and projects of a variety of artists. Currently it hosts the internationally famous John Money collection. Find out more here.

Riversdale Tractor Museum

20 min north of Gore. This museum houses the largest collection of vintage tractors in the south.

Tapanui Museum

Contain another interesting collection of vintage machinery.

Moonshine Museum

Gore has long been associated with the†making of illicit whisky in the nearby Hokonui Hills in the 1800s and early 1900s. See the full story revealed in the numerous exhibits in this wonderful museum. The stuff of legends! Located at the Gore Information Centre on Hokonui Drive.

Gore Historical and Research Museum

Attached to the Moonshine Museum at the Hokonui Heritage centre, it showcases our early pioneering heritage. It also contains valuable family and district records - all available to researchers.

Information Centre

The Hokonui Heritage Centre - Hokonui Drive.

Croydon Aircraft Company

Mandeville airfield - 10 min drive north of the town. Here you can see antique De Havilland aircraft being restored. Fly in one of the venerable Tiger Moth planes that are available for hire.
Visit the outstanding Moth Restaurant while you are there.

Gore Airforce Museum

This small museum contains exhibits of our RNZAF past.

The Multisports Centre

This complex makes us the envy of many other communities. It contains a heated swimming pool, covered courts and an Olympic sized ice skating rink. There are also covered netball and tennis courts. Adjacent is a new artificial hockey turf.


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