Gore District Council

Hokonui Heritage Centre


The Gore District's colourful history of illicit whiskey making and consumption is celebrated in this unique museum, located in Gore heritage precinct.

By recreating the scenes from old with static displays, audio, visuals and artefacts, the museum brings to life the characters and key events of the prohibition era that spawned the moonshine industry.

Find out how adventurous many local moonshiners became in the face of police opposition, and how kiwi ingenuity often foiled the Customs men.

Old Hokonui whiskey, made to the original recipe, is among a range of merchandise available to buy.


  • Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm.
  • Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm  Public Holidays - as advertised

Entry fees  Adult $5  Senior citizens $4.50  Under 18 years free

For more information phone our friendly visitor information staff (03) 203 9288. hokonui-moonshiners-museum