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The Gore District brand is Rural City Living and that’s what we live by. 

Gore may be a small rural town but it has all the services of a city – a 3D movie theatre that also hosts touring live shows, a world-renowned art gallery, a sports stadium, two supermarkets, a department store and specialist shops, cafes, and top class dining.

 It boasts major events, including the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards and the Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival, which harks back to Gore’s early Scottish history and illicit moonshine whiskey made in the Hokonui hills.

Gore is also known as New Zealand’s capital of country music, hosting New Zealand’s largest country music talent quest – the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards -  and the New Zealand Country Music Awards at Queens Birthday Weekend each year.

To local Maori, the District is known as Maruawai, the valley of water, and the Mataura River, which flows right through the town has an international reputation for the quality of its dry fly fishing.

In fact Gore is known as the brown trout capital of the world and a huge trout statue, near the centre of town, celebrates this. No visit is complete without a selfie here! Many international fly fishermen use Gore as a base during the summer months (October to May).

Sgt Dan, the iconic brand that once graced packets of rolled oats in New Zealand and Australia was produced at the Flemings Creamoata Mill in Gore. His 100th birthday was celebrated in 2015. You can still see the Sgt Dan character on the side of the building, just off Main Street.

Gardeners will love a stroll through the Gore gardens, Bannerman Park, where there are fenced deer within the grounds, and Dolamore Park, where there are arboretums and a large collection of rare species of rhododendron. The Southland Rhododendron Festival is held in Gore annually in late October.

Dolamore Park, set in native bush in the nearby Hokonui Hills, is an ideal base to stay and features multiple bush walks that cater for all abilities, as well as a playground, including a flying fox. A new mountain bike trail is under construction. The park is an ideal base for all the Gore District has to offer, including a vintage aircraft museum in Mandeville, where you can take a ride in a Tiger Moth, a visit to the award-winning Mataura Museum, and any of the attractions in Gore’s heritage precinct.

Some motorhome visitors use the park as a central base to visit other locations on their southern sojourn. It is central to the Catlins, Fiordland, and the South Coast and is only an hour’s drive to Central Otago.

 Enjoy your stay in Gore!

Gore District Council 03 2090330 

Upcoming Events
New Zealand International Film Festival
  • 15th-25th Aug '19
  • Gore
Gold N Notes Hoedown 2019
  • 15th-17th Nov '19
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Music in the Mountains 2020 - sponsored by Camec (NZMCA Members Only)
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Walking and cycling trails

Purakaunui Falls Walk

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve Walks

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 4
Gradiant: Low
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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The New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards

Every year for the last 40+ years Gore has hosted the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. This event attracts artists from around the world and continues to grow in stature and popularity. 

Audience levels reach over 5,000 and the entries in all sections and events total 700 competitors. Visitors to Gore leave with fond memories of the ‘Southern Hospitality’ and along with …

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