Gore is the gateway to Southland and offers an ideal base to explore all the region has to offer. Nestled in the Mataura River valley and in the lee of the iconic Hokonui Hills, Gore has much to entice visitors in terms of recreation and attractions.

Rural City Living

The Gore District brand is rural city living. We have many facilities that may be surprising for a small provincial town - a world class art gallery, a two-screen movie theatre with 3D, excellent sports facilities as well as café and fine dining opportunities.


Discover the legend of Hokonui Moonshine at the Hokonui Moonshine Musuem, retrace the District’s past by exploring the Gore Historical Musuem, or the award-winning Mataura Museum 10 minutes’ drive away, and visit the Eastern Southland Gallery with its internationally acclaimed John Money Wing and Ralph Hotere Gallery. In nearby Mandeville, experience the thrill of flying in a Tiger Moth, or visit one of the many other working vintage aircraft on display at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre.


The region hosts a number of major events throughout the year, including the Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival in March (biennial), New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards at Queens Birthday weekend, the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in July, and the NZ International Film Festival in August.


Gore isn’t known as the brown trout capital of the world for nothing. Its dry fly fishing Is second to none and anglers from around the world descend on Gore from Octrober to April.

There are numerous parks, reserves and recreational facilities scattered throughout the District. The jewel in the crown is Dolamore Park, set in beautiful native bush, where there are extensive walkways, a new mountain biking trail and facilities for picnics and camping.

There are plenty more recreation opportunities at the Gore Multisports Complex, which features the Gore Aquatic Centre Ice Sports Southland ice rink and the MLT Event Centre, or for something less active, the SBS St James theatre caters for all tastes with two movie screens including 3D, as well as touring productions.


Southland’s climate provides perfect conditions for many flowering plants, not achievable in other parts of the country. Peony roses, rhododendrons, roses, magnolias and bulbs all relish in the southern conditions. Dolamore Park, the Gore Gardens or Bannerman Park are each worth a visit for their unique plantings.

Motorhome Friendly

Gore is a motorhome friendly town and is well set up to host visitors, with overnight camping available in the middle of town, at Dolamore Park and various other locations.

For more information call into:


Cnr Hokonui Drive & Norfolk Street
PO Box 1Gore
Ph:       03 203 9288